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Does Zephyr for JIRA support shared test steps?

Is there an ability to link to shared test cases/steps, for example:

If we have a test case for the JIRA product called "Create an Issue" and the first steps of that test case is to login, for which we have a test case already created with the login steps called "JIRA login", can you reference that shared login test case in other test cases so that when the login steps change, they are only needed to be changed in one place?

If this feature is not available, can it be added as a new feature request?


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Hi Julio,

This isn't currenlty supported in Zephyr for JIRA. I will add it to the feature request list, but however I want to caution you that this will be lower on the feature request list than others due to the complexity of the implimentation.

Kind Regards,


Is there any update on this Feature Request? This is a feature that would help us out to be able to section out things so we didn't have to either change large numbers of test cases, or know that those test cases had bad information.



Jason Rhoads

This would be a nice feature to have... Can you recommend any work arounds please?

The only way we have been able to work around this is by cloning the test cases. This is not ideal because it causes you to know that the test cases will become out of date. They could create a Shared Step section to hold the shared steps (like Microsoft Test Manager), or they could link steps to other test cases because you will have to run those basic steps at some point in regression. Either way would give nice functionality.

Those are the lines i was thinking along thanks Jason. Writing small test cases and cloning/using those. and again the MTM shared step functionality would be a definite fix. It appears Zephyr handles test steps only within test cases and not as seperate items like MTM does. Thanks for your response Jason.

any news on that? i found myself in a strong need of that feature..thanks!

Hi Ilan

Thanks for your interest in Zephyr.

Can you share with us the use case or how important is this feature for you so that we can forward it to our product management team?

Also let us know your official email id as we need it while raising a feature request



So my use case is the following:, have a taste test which is the same action but for several tests as such as uploading the files to your server and there are several results which I expect from that action but they are different features so I don't want them to be in different steps in the same test case because if one test if fails theoretically you need to stop the test they are different features which implemented in the way that they do not rely on each other such as a long message or a file created by that uploaded file so each of them is a different test for different future but the first action is the same the first step and if I change that first step the first feature and I want them all to change accordingly. I would like to be able to use one test step more as sort of a template which I can point to and they will be used when the test is executed. This feature existed in qc alm and seemed to be very efficient and also correct from the testing methodology point of view.

Are there any updates? My team also needs or would very much like this feature.

I am following this as well as this is an important feature for us as we move from MTM to Zephyr for Jira.

To have a test case database and not allow for calling tests is very terrible.  I doubt it takes that much work to correct this issue. 

Following. We need this too as this would prevent cumbersome job of cloning test case and modifying only relevant steps.

Absolutely needed in the process we build tests for.  Being able to string tests in an order so if a test is changed, that is changed for executing all strings.  Same for test steps if could link to another test that remains constant other than changing something like URL.

Any update on this?

Following this too. We need to migrate shared steps from MTM to Zephyr. This functionality is essential for us.

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Following this too, We need it, if some steps change we need to be able to this change to all, and create share steps like MTM so create a step like login and inside of this, you will find all steps to do a login.

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This is an enormous product gap.  Copy test steps is only 10% of the battle.  If I have 100 tests and I need to change the way someone logs in to a website, for example, then i have to go to 100 tests and update them manually.  Sorry that's a show stopper for out team.  

Totally agree!


ALM had some similar functionality (the old Quality Centre) - while writing a test you could go and select a pre-existing step from another test case and add it into the actual test case - this way we would not have to write duplicated steps hundreds of times (e.g. Login)

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Still no updates?! This thread started back in 2013 - 6 years later = same old status! Not good.

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There are a lot of people that would like this functionality that is available through other Jira test case management plug-ins. Why this has not been added to Zephyr is beyond me. Listen to your users and/or potential users!

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