What kind of syntax is it possible to use in HP-ALM string filtering?

For example something like this: *accounts?*(error|enter)*

HP-ALM defects pane

  • For searching by keywords and stringing them together when you only know a few of the keywords the format is like: Test And Something Else
    – Ron
    Oct 4, 2017 at 14:59

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As far as I know there are only locigal conditions and wildcards.

Maybe if you have a description like This is my test-ticket you can search for it with something like *test*. This works like if you use the SQL-Statement LIKE with a front and a back %. So test* would not find the example as it does not start with test. Same with *test as there are characters behind it.

If you have whitespace in your search you have to put it into double quotes ( ") like this: "*my test*"

And then you can combine those terms with and, or, (, ), NOT, <, >, <=, >=, = (see list in the select filter condition dialog).

As far as I know there are not more regExs but I'm not sure. I didn't find anything in the documentation about it.


In addition to the answer from bish: You can also filter like this: *text1*text2* - so you do not need to put the filter into double quotes.

Usually I filter on different fields like:

Assigned to - me
Status - "not closed and not tested and not rejected" (without quotes)

Further information: After you have configured a filter you can save it as a favorite. Just click on "Favorites" and then on "Add to Favorites"

QC Organize Favorites

Either save them under private so only you can use it or save them under public so everyone with access can use it.

This allows you to easily switch between several filters and use the favorite and then adapt it to your current need.

  • Info: The numbers of recently used filters / favorites can only be set globally by a site admin not by individual users.
    – bish
    Aug 6, 2015 at 6:46

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