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How to delete Test Execution instance - Zephyr Scale

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How to delete Test Execution instance - Zephyr Scale

In Zephyr Permissions, I have set up a couple of users (including myself) to have the permission to delete Test Executions.

(See image below)

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But when viewing test cases/test executions, I don't see anywhere that I am able to delete an instance of a test execution.  How does someone delete a test execution (as is inferred by the setting of the above permission)

Community Hero

Hi.  You can find the answer in the help pages at this link.  Bottom of the page it explains that you need to start a new execution and then an option will appear to delete the previous one:


Test Player | Zephyr Scale Server/Data Center Documentation (

Thank you for this info.  I have verified this capability is that after starting a new execution on a test within a test cycle.

With that said, this option doesn't appear to be available anywhere for a test that is NOT part of a test cycle.  Is that correct?  

(Details: If I start a new test execution from within a Jira ticket for a test that isn't in a test cycle, it starts the new execution, but I don't see any capability to delete the old execution result).

Community Hero

I think that’s right according to how it’s structured in Zephyr Scale.  For test cases to appear in the test player to be executed by testers, the test cases are added into a test cycle.  Once a test case is executed from the test player (which is in the test cycle), it’s allocated a test execution reference.


But maybe I’m misunderstanding something about your question as you mentioned executing from a Jira ticket?

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Here is a ticket in JIRA that has zephyr test cases linked to it. 

(These zephyr test cases are created from JIRA as we test an issue... not part of a planned test cycle)

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When I click the "start a new test execution" triangle above, I get to this screen:

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And then brought to this screen.  I can mark the test as executed (note that it is not in a test cycle at this point). But I cannot delete a previous test execution of this test case from anywhere.


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We can most likely work with this limitation, but I will need to highlight to stakeholders that this "delete test execution" capability is only allowed in certain test cases (those that are in a test cycle and have had a new test execution started). Before I do that, I wanted to get confirmation that I'm not missing some delete capability (before your original answer, I hadn't seen the trash can icon next to an execution result in the test cycle, so I wasn't seeing ANY capability to delete execution results).

Community Hero

Thanks for sharing.  I notice that the test is appearing under the Coverage section of the ticket and looking at the help pages I can see that this method of adding tests is for ad-hoc testing/one-off tests.  I think you're right and it seems to be a limitation or by-design of testing in this way.

Run a Single Test | Zephyr Scale Server/Data Center Documentation (

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