Hierarchical navigation menus


With release of Trac 0.11, existing items can be customized on the main and meta navigation bars. This plugin extends that functionality to:

  • Add items to navigation menus.
  • Hierarchical organization, for example using Superfish.

The menu item Tickets on the Navigation bar has been extended with dropdown functionality:

See it in action:

Note: CSS modifications might be needed to fit your Trac theme.

See also: NavAddPlugin, TracTabPlugin.

Bugs/Feature Requests

Existing bugs and feature requests for MenusPlugin are here.

If you have any issues, create a new ticket.


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Download the zipped source from here.


Check out MenusPlugin from here using Subversion, or browse the source with Trac.


To install this plugin, follow these steps:

  1. Install the plugin following the steps in the Trac Documentation.
  2. Eenable the plugin via WebAdmin or add the following to your trac.ini file:
    tracmenus.* = enabled
  3. Restart the Trac server.
  4. Configure as needed, see below.


As usual, configuration takes place in the trac.ini file. Most interesting things first - they are to be found in the [mainnav] section: Here you set up your menu items. Syntax is: <item_name>.<property> = <value> - where <item_name> is either the already existing handler (e.g. "wiki" for the wiki item, "tickets" for the tickets, "newticket" for the "New Ticket" item and so on) - or a term which must not exist for a new item to be introduced (as the "Team Tools" in the Examples section). A special case is top to make a new item appearing on the top level.

Defining menus in the [mainnav] and [metanav] sections

The available properties and their possible values are:

PropertyDescriptionExample value
enabledMust be set to 1 for self defined items to be shown. Can be set to 0 to (temporarily) disable an item.1
hide_if_no_childrenDon't display this (sub) menu if it has no children (e.g. the current user lacks the privileges for all sub-items)1
hrefWhere the item should link to/report/1
labelWhat should be written on the "button"Team Tools
orderMove an item to the left/right. By default, all items have an order of 999 (who will ever reach 999 items must have done something wrong, really!). Use values from 1..999 to define positions. Use a negative value for an item you want to make sure it always comes first - and a value larger than 999 if it sould always come last.5
parentMake the item a sub-item to the one mentioned as valuetop
path_infoString to be matched with the request path info to decide whether a menu item should be displayed. Useful for context dependent items (e.g. in the ctxnav)/wiki
permFor items like reports, hide_if_disabled does not work, since this is no component. Though, it should not be displayed if it is not available. So you can handle this by defining the required permission.REPORT_VIEW
  • inherit: Useful when a menu should receive items from another menu:
    # dummy example - add mainnav items to context menu.
    inherit= mainnav

Defining behaviour in the [menu-custom] section

Although the defaults are fine, you can customize the behavior of MenusPlugin. The syntax for the options is similar to a key-value pair: <option> = <value>. Available options are:

managed_menusWhich menus should be maintained by the plugin.mainnav,metanav
serve_ui_filesWhether the required UI files, ie *.js and *.css files, should be linked into the page. Boolean value.1

The serve_ui_files option you will only need to override if you want to apply your own styles and need to suppress the original ones for this.


The configuration from the demo:

tags = disabled
search = disabled
timeline = disabled

home = enabled
home.href = /
home.label = Home
home.parent = top
home.order = 10

wiki.label = Wiki
wiki.order = 20

wiki_newpage = enabled
wiki_newpage.href = /newwikipage
wiki_newpage.parent = wiki
wiki_newpage.label = New Wiki Page
wiki_newpage.order = 1

wiki_titleindex = enabled
wiki_titleindex.href = /wiki/TitleIndex
wiki_titleindex.label = Wiki Index
wiki_titleindex.parent = wiki
wiki_titleindex.order = 2

wiki_timeline = enabled
wiki_timeline.href = /timeline?wiki=on
wiki_timeline.label = Recent Changes
wiki_timeline.parent = wiki
wiki_timeline.order = 3

ticketgrp = enabled
ticketgrp.href = /report
ticketgrp.label = Tickets
ticketgrp.order = 30
ticketgrp.parent = top

tickets.parent = ticketgrp
tickets.order = 1
tickets.label = View Reports

query = enabled
query.href = /query
query.label = Custom Query
query.parent = ticketgrp
query.order = 2

newticket.parent = ticketgrp
newticket.order = 3

ticket_defect = enabled
ticket_defect.href = /newticket?type=defect
ticket_defect.parent = newticket
ticket_defect.label = New Defect
ticket_defect.order = 1

ticket_enhancement = enabled
ticket_enhancement.href = /newticket?type=enhancement
ticket_enhancement.parent = newticket
ticket_enhancement.label = New Enhancement
ticket_enhancement.order = 2

ticket_task = enabled
ticket_task.href = /newticket?type=task
ticket_task.parent = newticket
ticket_task.label = New Task
ticket_task.order = 3

ticket_timeline = enabled
ticket_timeline.href = /timeline?ticket=on
ticket_timeline.label = Recent Changes
ticket_timeline.parent = ticketgrp
ticket_timeline.order = 4

browsergrp = enabled
browsergrp.parent = top
browsergrp.href = /browser
browsergrp.label = Code
browsergrp.order = 40

browser.label = Browse Repository
browser.parent = browsergrp
browser.order = 10

browser_log = enabled
browser_log.label = Revision Log
browser_log.href = /log
browser_log.parent = browsergrp
browser_log.order = 20

browser_timeline = enabled
browser_timeline.label = Recent Changes
browser_timeline.href = /timeline?changeset=on
browser_timeline.parent = browsergrp
browser_timeline.order = 30

status.order = 50

tools = enabled
tools.href = #
tools.label = Team Tools
tools.order = 60
tools.parent = top
tools.hide_if_no_children = true

# tools
alfresco.parent = tools
continuum.parent = tools
irclogs.parent = tools
mailarchives.parent = tools
pastebin.parent = tools
roadmap.parent = status

Recent Changes

12147 by rjollos on 2012-10-11 02:42:02
Refs #10133: Added else case so that logic is the same as before [12145].
12146 by rjollos on 2012-10-11 02:31:51
Refs #10133: Removed unnecessary continue statements.
12145 by rjollos on 2012-10-11 02:26:10
Fixes #10133: Don't show entries in the navigation bar if a label with a link element is not defined.


Author: cbalan
Maintainer: Catalin BALAN
Contributors: izzy, rjollos

Last modified 6 months ago Last modified on Aug 30, 2016, 8:08:24 PM

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