How to migrate data from refertest to JIRA without using CSV?

We are currently using Refertest as test management tool in our project. Now we have decided to upgrade our test management tool to JIRA.

Can anyone please let me know how to migrate data from Refertest to JIRA without using excel sheets import feature?

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You've got two basic routes to doing imports from other system.

The first is to write an external program or script that can poke the data into JIRA over REST.  (Some people would argue that you could do this via SQL as well, but all I have to say to that is "don't", as you will break stuff and it's a lot harder than REST).  You could do it with direct calls, use a library like the JIRA REST client, use a dedicated tool like Bob Swift's command line, or even a full blown external JIRA client.

The second, and usually easier approach, is to convert your data into a format that one of the JIRA importers can understand.  You could write an addon to provide one of these for refertest, or better, convert your data into one of the formats the importers already understand.  Like CSV.

There is also a hybrid approach - use CSV or an importer to get the basic data into JIRA (e.g. a list of issues) and then use REST to add details the importer could not quite handle.

JIRA is an issue tracking tool, it can be highly customized and with lots of add-ons so that it can be used for many purposes.

JIRA itself is lack of 'Test Management' capability, you can make it do some levels of test management but the most important parts like Test Case Hierarchy / Test Plan / Test Execution ... are missing.

You need to install some test management plugin like SynapseRT NexGen to help on your test management within JIRA. It can help you to move your Test Cases to JIRA including its ‘Test Steps’ and ‘Structure’ from a .csv file.

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