Manual test access and permissions

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Access to Azure Test Plans features are controlled by access level and permissions. To access the Test Plans web portal, you must have a Basic access level or greater. To define and manage test plans, test suites, and test cases, you need Basic + Test Plans, which is available from Azure DevOps.

Note

Users granted Stakeholder access have no access to features or functions supported through the Test Plans or Test web portal. However, they are able to provide feedback through the Test & Feedback extension. To learn more, see Stakeholder access quick reference.

Access and licensing

To exercise the full range of test-related features, you must have been granted Basic + Test Plans access level or have one of the following subscriptions: - Visual Studio Enterprise - Visual Studio Test Professional - MSDN Platform

Users who have one of the above subscriptions can exercise all Test Plans features for no additional charge. For more information, see Compare Visual Studio subscriptions.

Non-subscribers must purchase Basic + Test Plans to use Test Plans. This can be for any specified number of users.

Important

  • Manual testers can execute tests with Basic access. -Licenses for this extension also give users rights to use Microsoft Test Manager (a deprecated on-premises client).

The following table summarizes the license requirements required to exercise select tasks.

Task Access level
Provide feedback Stakeholder
Execute tests, Mark test outcomes Basic
Chart tasks, View reports Basic
Create and manage test plans and test suites Basic + Test Plans
Author test cases using a grid-like view and edit in the Test Runner Basic + Test Plans
Assign test cases to suites, move test cases, and order test cases Basic + Test Plans
Prepare for execution such as assigning configurations or testers Basic + Test Plans
Prepare User Acceptance Testing Basic + Test Plans

Permissions

In addition to having the necessary access level, you also need the necessary permissions to exercise select tasks. Because manual testing is managed through test-specific work item types, they are subject to some of the same permissions that manage work items.

The following table provides the default permissions assigned to the built-in security groups: Readers, Contributors, and Project Administrators. Permissions are assigned for Area Paths and at the project-level. To learn how, see Set permissions and access for testing.

Permission

Level

Readers

Contributors

Project Admins

View test runs

Project-level

✔️

✔️

✔️

Create test runs
Delete test runs

Project-level

✔️

✔️

Manage test configurations
Manage test environments

Project-level

✔️

✔️

Create tag definition
Delete and restore work items

Project-level

✔️

✔️

Permanently delete work items

Project-level

✔️

View work items in this node

Area Path

✔️

✔️

✔️

Edit work items in this node
Manage test plans
Manage test suites

Area Path

✔️

✔️

Note

The Change work item type permission doesn't apply to test-specific work items. Even if you choose this feature from the work item form, changing the work item type is disallowed.

For a simplified view of all default permissions assigned to built-in groups, see Default permissions and access.