Respond with canned responses to new tickets

Notice: This plugin is unmaintained and available for adoption.


This plugin allows a Trac administrator to specify a list of "Canned Responses" for those with the appropriate permissions to use in responding to tickets.

Each canned response can change the status of a ticket, as well as modify the resolution and add a comment. Each response can also be restricted to users with specific permissions. For example, you may wish to have a response that only users with TICKET_ADMIN permissions can use and another which anyone with TICKET_MODIFY or greater permissions can use.

Canned responses will appear as an option in the Action box at the bottom of a ticket for those with the permissions to use any of the available canned responses.

Bugs/Feature Requests

Existing bugs and feature requests for CannedResponsesPlugin are here.

If you have any issues, create a new ticket.


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You can check out CannedResponsesPlugin from here using Subversion, or browse the source with Trac.


General instructions on installing Trac plugins can be found on the TracPlugins page.

Enable the plugin by adding the following to your trac.ini file:

cannedresponses.* = enabled

Append the action controller to the workflow list:

workflow = ConfigurableTicketWorkflow, CannedResponseActionController


To add canned responses, choose a short name, then add attributes like so:

pluginreq = new,pending -> new
pluginreq.comment = This request is best implemented as a plugin. This ticket remains open as an invitation for someone to write a plugin fulfilling the request.
pluginreq.milestone = Plugin Suggested
pluginreq.type = plugin request = Better As Plugin
pluginreq.permissions = TICKET_MODIFY

The above example creates a canned response that sets a ticket to the closed status, sets the resolution to invalid, and adds the stated comment. The canned response is available to any user with at least TICKET_MODIFY permissions, including TICKET_ADMIN and TRAC_ADMIN.


  • The line pluginreq = new,pending -> new specifies, as a comma-delimited list, the statuses a ticket may have for using this canned response and the status the ticket will be set to. This can be any status a ticket can have.
  • The 'name' attribute provides a "pretty name" for users to see in the list of canned responses.
  • The 'comment' attribute specifies, in WikiFormatting, the text of the comment to be added. Anything inserted into the comment field at the same time as applying a canned response will be retained and placed after the canned response, with a [[BR]] between the canned response text and the user's comment text.
  • The 'resolution' attribute specifies the resolution to use on the ticket when closing.
  • The 'permissions' attribute specifies the minimum level of permissions required to see and use the response.
  • The 'milestone' attribute (new in plugin version 0.11.1) allows you to specify the milestone to change the ticket to.
  • The 'type' attribute (new in plugin version 0.11.1) allows you to specify a ticket type to change the ticket to.
  • Be careful with spelling, as there is no validation. If you make a spelling mistake, you could cause a Python exception or cause tickets to be set to statuses, resolutions, types, or milestones that don't exist.

Recent Changes

16389 by rjollos on 2017-03-25 03:30:27
TracCannedResponses 0.11.2: Conform to PEP8
16388 by rjollos on 2017-03-25 03:15:14
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Author: Daniel Atallah
Maintainer: none (needsadoption)

Last modified 3 years ago Last modified on Oct 2, 2021, 2:30:31 PM