A Quick Look of the Top 10 Bug Tracking Tools for the Year 2014

When it comes to the software application development, tracking bugs and issues is one of the most important things in order to find and fix the problems. Whether you call it a minor defect/bug/fault/failure or anything else, it is crucial to find, record, report, manage and track each and every kind of bug in order to build an effective application.

Using a bug tracking system or app within your project would at the end help you leverage from an effective and better end product. However, choosing a right bug tracking system is not at all an easy-to-go task. It requires you to consider a lot of things based on your project requirement.

“Are you looking for a few of the best bug tracking systems or tools that you can use in the year 2014?” Here’s the list of top 10 bug tracking apps/systems of 2014:

Exceptional

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This is a premium bug tracking application that will help you track and manage errors or issues within a web application while reporting them in real-time. No matter what kind of information you’re looking for to fix the bug, you will get everything on the go! You can leverage from amazing features like ability to manage errors, gather custom data, view backtraces, real-time alerts through SMS, Email or Webhooks and cross-browser compatibility.

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Bugzilla

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Bugzilla is one of that rare server software that is designed to help in software development management. Developed by Mozilla Foundation, this is a powerful and commanding tool that will enable you to manage the development process, keep track of bugs and errors as well as code changes at your fingertips. Apache, Linux, Open Office, Facebook, NASA and more are a few of the major projects where Bugzilla has been used.

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Mantis

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This is one of the well-known opensource web-based tracking systems written in PHP. It supports different databases including MS SQL, MySQL, PostgreSQL and more. If you’re looking for simple and easy-to-use bug tracking system, Mantis is all what you need. Source code integration, time tracking, custom fields and workflows and so on are a few of the major features you can leverage from it!

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JIRA

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Atlassian JIRA, basically an incident management tool, is one of the well-known J2EE-based issue tracking and project management application. With a complete bunch of recording, reporting, workflow and tons of other exciting features, JIRA greatly simplifies the way of tracking and managing bugs. One of its major features is its ability to get integrated with the code development environments.

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Trac

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It is a web-based open source project, which is written in Python. With its minimalistic approach for web-based software management, convenient reporting facilities, roadmap and milestone tracking, user management and support for multiple plugins, Trac makes bug tracking and management easy for the developers. Also, it supports multiple platforms like Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and UNIX.

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Sifter

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Used by the thousands of organizations, Sifter is yet another premium bug tracking application that will help you leverage from a high quality end-product. You don’t have to do more work to track or manage bug as it doesn’t require hard-coded configuration. You can easily get an overview of all the projects, leverage from milestones to breakdown the projects and also receive daily summary.

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BugHerd

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BugHerd is one of the easiest bugs tracking tool that is extensively used by the developers to capture client feedback, track, rectify and manage the bugs on the go. All you have to do is to report the issue and BugHerd will convert it into reports with all the information needed to solve the problem. Easy to use interface, visual bug reports and browser extensions are its plus points.

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FogBugz

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This web-based bug tracking system is for the people who are willing to build great software. Unlike other bug tracking tools, this tool refers bugs or issues as “Cases”. It is very easy to create, list, assign and work on the cases. You can create milestones for all the project related information. Also, it allows you to create wikis, which you can make available to the public!

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LogDigger

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LogDigger brings an amazing bunch of tools that will make it easy for you to capture application errors and resolve bugs faster. It will help you classify and gather detailed reports for your Java-based applications on the fly. No matter what kind of Java web development framework you’re using, it will work seamlessly with it. It’s user-friendly and engaging UI will create no hassle for you to learn this amazing tool!

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Redmine

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Written in Ruby on Rails, Redmine is a flexible project management web application that supports cross-platforms and multiple databases. Gantt charts, project wiki, time tracking, role based access control, custom fields, multiple languages, news, documents and file management are a few of the major features you can leverage from this bug tracking tool!

All the tools discussed above provide excellent performance and a gamut of interesting features for bug tracking. Most of these bug tracking tools come integrated with testing tools like Selenium, Test Complete, TestingWhiz, etc. which helps in detecting errors while performing testing. If you are looking for any particular bug tracking tool, make sure your testing tool already has it.

However, ensure you keep in mind your requirements while choosing a bug tracking system. Did we miss out any other bug tracking system? Share your views in the comments…!

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