PractiTest vs. Xray

If you’re in search of a test management tool, you may be aware of the wide variety of tools available. This task can be intimidating at first, which is why it’s best to start by comparing the main features to help differentiate between them and select your final choice.

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PractiTest vs. Xray At a Glance

PractiTest and Xray are both test management solutions often considered by test teams.

Xray is primarily a test case management add-on in the Atlassian marketplace, residing inside of Jira. It relies on Jira for storage and on the Xporter plugin for reports.

PractiTest is an autonomous test management platform that integrates seamlessly with Jira (Cloud, Server, and DC) and other external third-party tools. It is a complete end-to-end solution, from requirements through testing to issues, allowing you to manage all testing artifacts and Jira issues in one place.

PractiTest Dashboard

PractiTest Test Set & Runs module

Xray manual test

Xray traceability report

How PractiTest and Xray Stack Up

The following comparison reviews the main features to take into account when considering which one will best fit your QA needs.

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PractiTest Xray
Requirement and User Stories Management
Support for hierarchical requirements via Jira
Test case management
Add attachments to each test step
Clone Tests between projects
Batch operations (cloning, editing, deletion)
Reusable test repositories
Exploratory Testing module (session based testing)
Test Sets and Execution Management
Audit history of runs and results
Edit tests during runs
Report issues/bugs from tests and auto-populate tests to reproduce
Assignment of Cycles and Tests to testers
Parameterization of Test Cases and Sets
Batch operations (cloning, editing, deletion)
Reuse tests from repository for any test set run
Test Set Permutations
Issue management
Independent issue management module via Jira
Ability to detect and prevent duplicate issues
Batch editing
Time-Based Testing Iterations Management
Milestones/Releases Management via Jira
Integration with 3rd party Bug Tracking systems
Integration with Test Automation Tools
Integration with Source Control systems
Slack integration
Hierarchical filters to organize information (e.g. Test Tree, Bug categories, Requirement types)
Custom Workflow
Custom fields and filters
Permissions & personalized mail notifications
Customizable Dashboards graphs, reports and metrics
Scheduled reports
AI-Powered Test Management
Test Steps Creation
Test Steps Editing
Assigning a Score to Reflect Test Value
Additional Features
Import & Export all data
Search (ability to add criteria)
External dashboard and embedding graphs
Cloud or Installed Cloud Both
Task Board
Security and Certifications
Soc 2
ISO 27001
Service and Support
Service and Support
G2 badges

Pros and Cons


  • End-to-end solution - full traceability between requirements, tests, and issues
  • AI-powered features
  • Unique hierarchical filter tree to organize all project information and data
  • 2-way integration with Jira and other tools, multiple ways to integrate automation
  • Advanced customizable dashboards and reports
  • Security compliance - SOC type II and ISO 27001
  • Free and responsive customer support


  • Outdated UI


  • BDD support
  • An integral part of the Jira application
  • Mobile app


  • Each Xray entity creates a Jira issue, leading to an excessive amount of issues
  • Compromised performance as Xray uses Jira storage
  • Reliance on external tools and plugins for ET, reports and more
  • Difficulty understanding the relationship between different ticket types
  • Payment is for any Jira user by tiers


  • Team - $49 per user/month
  • Corporate - Contact us
  • Additional free read-only users with comments

Annual payment up to 50 users (paying for all Jira users):

  • Cloud - $2,125
  • DC - $1,450
  • Server - $2,000

Annual payment up to 100 users (paying for all Jira users):

  • Cloud - $4,250,
  • DC - $3,450
  • Server - $4,000

Exploratory testing, advanced reporting and other features require additional payment.

How much will you pay per month?

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Bottom Line

While both tools have their Pros and Cons, these are the main points you should consider:

PractiTest is a stand-alone, end-to-end test management solution, covering all aspects of QA management from requirements through testing and issues, to reporting and sharing results. PractiTest was created with testing as its focus. It organizes test artifacts in hierarchical filters, which eliminates the need to duplicate tests, while increasing efficiency and ensuring full coverage.

PractiTest offers a seamless integration with Jira, providing real-time synchronization of all relevant elements and enabling a streamlined workflow for all users.

Xray is a Jira add-on which includes a nice set of features such as BDD testing and data sets. As the tool resides inside of Jira, it is limited and restrictive in terms of quality focus. Working inside of Jira sounds promising at first, but take into consideration that Xray uses Jira storage, so as your testing grows, you may notice performance issues. Working with a tool which is not designed for testing can limit the testing visibility you need in order to make intelligent business decisions.

So who is better?

If you run a small and simple testing operation and you work with Jira, then Xray might be more suitable for you as you can keep all of your assets in one workspace.

If you're running a large testing operation that involves a certain level of complexity, e.g. multiple test types, tools or teams, then PractiTest is the ideal solution. PractiTest gives you the ability to run and manage all testing assets, including Jira tickets, with complete end-to-end traceability.

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What are the uses of PractiTest?


PractiTest is a test management tool, used to manage the entire testing operation. With PractiTest, you can manage all QA efforts in one place, extract valuable insights from your testing data and release better-quality software with confidence.

PractiTest allows QA managers to bring their entire QA efforts, processes, teams and tools into one shared space. With unique data organization and visualization mechanisms, teams can visualize their data to extract actionable insights. PractiTest enables teams to collaborate and connect QA to their business goals.

What is Jira XRAY used for?


Xray is a Jira add-on for test management. It is used to manage testing operations inside the Jira workspace. Xray uses Jira storage and utilities for test management and is part of the IDERA development toolset.

What is the difference between test management and Jira?


Jira is a bug-tracking agile project management tool for developers to manage their tickets and workflow. Test Management is used to manage the testing of a product: plan testing activities, track progress, report the status of quality assurance activities, and more.
Many test management tools have a built-in integration with Jira to allow better communications between development and QA team members and to enable a seamless workflow.

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