The Test Case Explorer helps you manage a project’s test suites, test cases, and related data sources. It provides detailed test statistics and allows you to search/filter the available tests.

The Test Case Explorer is open by default, in the left side of the UI. If it is not available, you can open it by choosing  Parasoft> Show View> Test Case Explorer.

The Test Case Explorer can be used for:


By default, the Test Case Explorer presents results in a table-based view.  You can customize the table columns shown in this view by choosing Statistics> Columns from the pulldown menu in the top right of the Test Case Explorer’s toolbar.

You can also sort results by any of the visible columns. 

Compact View

If you prefer to view test cases in a pure tree-like structure (without the notion of columns), you can switch to "compact mode" by choosing Statistics> Compact View from the pulldown menu in the top right of the Test Case Explorer’s toolbar.

In compact view, the Test Case Explorer tree contains the following levels:


The Test Case Explorer updates its contents when tests are generated, when specific actions are performed from within the Test Case Explorer (add/delete/enable/disable test cases or test suites—or add/delete data sources), or when other wizards and actions are performed. However, it does not update its contents when you perform external actions. For example, it does not react to source changes. In such cases, you need to explicitly refresh the Test Case Explorer to reflect the most recent changes.

To refresh Test Case Explorer (e.g., so it recognizes external changes):


You can filter the Test Case Explorer to hide projects with no tests, passed tests,  executed tests, or tests from the most recent test session by clicking the Filter button in the Test Case Explorer toolbar, then specifying filter criteria.


To search the Test Case Explorer, click the Find button in the Test Case Explorer toolbar, then specify search criteria.

Note that you can use the toolbar buttons to move to the previous/next match, as well as set options such as:

Expanding/Collapsing Explorer Branches

To expand or collapse Test Case Explorer branches:

To collapse all subnodes, click the Collapse All toolbar button.

Test Case Explorer Menu Buttons

At the top right corner of the Test Case Explorer are the following menu buttons:

Refresh: Refreshes the contents of the Test Case Explorer.

Collapse All: Collapses all of the nodes within the Test Case Explorer.

Find: Allows you to search for any item (i.e. Test Suites, tests, chained tools, etc.) within the Test Case Explorer. 

Link with Editor: Activates "link with editor mode." In this mode...

Filter: Allows you to configure filters that hide specified projects or tests within the Test Case Explorer.

In addition, the Statistics menu allows you to:


Activating "Grayed Out" Projects

The Test Case Explorer initially presents top-level project nodes with their execution statistics (if available). This initial state is represented by a grayed out project icon.

To "activate" a project and access its test cases:

All test cases found in the given project will then be displayed.

Note that the Test Case Explore’s global Refresh action only refreshes the projects that were already "activated".