Attributes, tags, and environments

Attributes, tags, and environments enable you to apply identifiers to items. ALM Octane displays the identifiers in the Tags tab of each module.


Attributes are characteristics of a particular item. The attributes are the ALM Octane system fields available for each item type.


Attributes Possible values
Phase New, Opened, Awaiting Review, Ready...
Item type Pre-Release, Business...
Test type Regression, End to End ...
Severity Low, Medium, Urgent...
Testing tool Manual, Selenium, UFT, LeanFT, StormRunner Load, StormRunner Functional, LoadRunner ...
Run status Native statuses for test runs, such as Skipped, Passed, Failed...

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Tags are user-defined identifiers.

You do not specify a value for a tag. Instead, use tags like a label or a flag on an item.


  • Create a tag called FutureCandidate. Any user story or defect you are likely to postpone receives a FutureCandidate tag.

  • Create a tag called HighRisk. Any user story that can impact many features receives a HighRisk tag.

To apply a tag to an item

Click Add tag in the item's Details tab. You can then search for and select an existing tag, or type the name of a new tag to add to the list.

ALM Octane deletes unused tags from the system after a while.

To filter a list of items based on a tag

Click Add tag in the Tags pane. Search for and select an existing tag. For more details, see Use filters.

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Environments are identifiers applied to test runs or to pipeline steps that run tests. These identifiers are grouped into categories and describe the environment on which the test ran.

ALM Octane provides a list of environments that you can use out-of-the-box.

Environment Examples
Browser IE, Firefox, Chrome
OS Android, iOS, Linux, Win7
Distribution Debian, Fedora, RedHat

To apply an environment to a test run

Apply environment details for a test run before it runs.

In the Environment field of a pipeline step or a test suite run you are planning, search for and select an existing value, or enter a new environment to add to the list.

For details, see Configure steps: Define test and test run information, and Run a test suite.

To manage the list of environments

Click Settings > Environment list.

Add categories + or environments , rename or delete them.

Items are added or deleted as soon as you confirm the operation. Name changes are saved only when you click OK in the Manage Environment List dialog box.

If you delete an environment that was applied to existing items, the environment is marked Inactive. You cannot apply it to any additional items but it remains on the existing ones. To reactivate an environment, click the Inactive icon .

Once Inactive items are no longer applied to any items, ALM Octane deletes them from the system.

Example: These are some environments you might want to add:

Environment Examples
Test objectives Beta testing, stress testing, security testing
Deployment environment QA, staging, production
Browser version 9.0, 5.0, 10.00
Operating system version 7.0, 10.00
Packaging / distribution type On-premises, SaaS, OEM

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