Review of Issue Trackers

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Current Status

  • Audacity is now using Bugzilla for bugtracking.
  • Here are some canned queries.

The Comparisons

This page was originally created to help us decide on a bugtracker.

from wikimedia developer digest

"Bugzilla is obnoxious and hard to use, but people are familiar with it. From what I've seen of Trac, I'm not a big fan of that either (although I haven't used it much). My favorite issue tracker packages as a user are Launchpad and Google Issues." Aryeh Gregor

Features of Note

  • FogBugz allows direct integration of automatically sent crash reports.
  • Most bug trackers have email integration. Most are web based.
  • Debbugs (debians bug tracker) is built entirely around email. Its under-development web front end is written in python and Django.
  • Ability to send confidential bugs (hidden form general view) about security risks.


  • Integrates lists with a wiki, but in a fairly hard coded way.
  • Separates 'blueprints' (new feature design and discussion) from bug issues.
  • Federation of bug reports - can report and track bugs in libraries that you use, and in projects which use your code. (projects must be in Ubuntu).

Semi-closed source.


  • Written in Perl. Mozilla public license.
  • Rather rigid in its structure though can add fields.
  • Shareable searches.

Bugzilla + Wikipedia reporting

  • This is a bugzilla reports module for wikipedia that promises more flexible formatting and presentation of reports than bugzilla offers. It allows reports to be embedded in a wiki page.

Google Code Hosting

  • Ability to 'star' an issue to indicate interest/vote without adding a comment. Nice.
  • Summary table view with click-to-expand.


  • Written in Python. Modified BSD license.
  • Has its own template system called Genshi
  • Strong on project management features, e.g. timelines, roadmaps etc.
  • Based around a wiki
  • Easy to add custom fields to
  • Lots of formats for data and lots of options for emails.
  • Integrated with change logs.


  • Written in Php. GPL License.
  • Categories to break issues into groups.
  • Simple roadmap feature.