Version 27 (modified by Ryan J Ollos, 9 years ago) (diff)

Added another installation step. References #6020.

Hierarchical navigation menus

Notice: This plugin is unmaintained and available for adoption.


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

  • Add items to navigation menus
  • Hierachical organization (using Superfish)

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

See also: NavAddPlugin, TracTabPlugin.


See it in action:

Bugs/Feature Requests

Existing bugs and feature requests for MenusPlugin are here.

If you have any issues, create a new ticket.

Download, Source

Download the [download:menusplugin zipped source], check out MenusPlugin from here using Subversion, or browse the source with Trac.


  1. Install the plugin following the steps in the Trac Documentation.
  2. Add tracmenus.* = enabled to the [components] section of trac.ini or enable via WebAdmin.
  3. Restart the Trac server.
  4. Proceed to the Configuration section.


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, a.s.o.) - or a term which must not exist for a brand new item to be introduced (as e.g. the "Team Tools" in the Examples section). A special case is e.g. top to make a new item appearing on top level.

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

So here come the available properties and their possible values:

PropertyDescriptionExample value
parentMake the item a sub-item to the one mentioned as valuetop
labelWhat should be written on the "button"Team Tools
hrefWhere the item should link to/report/1
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
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
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
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

Menu options:

  • inherit: Useful when a menu should receive items from another menu
     # dummy example - add mainnav items to context menu.
     inherit= mainnav

Defining the behaviour in the [menu-custom] section

Here you can (re-)define (i.e. customize) the behavior of MenusPlugin. Usually, you won't need that - since the defaults are fine. But in case you need a toy to play with - here we go:

Syntax is quite easy, it's just <option> = <value>. Available options are:

managed_menusWhich menus should be maintained by the plugin.mainnav,metanav
serve_ui_filesWhether the required UI files (i.e. *.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. Rare case - but who knows?


Demo config:

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

17159 by rjollos on 2018-04-25 00:29:34
TracMenusPlugin 0.3.0dev: Improve layout of menu items

Patch by DG1000s.

Fixes #13353, Refs #13018, #11727.

17158 by rjollos on 2018-04-25 00:22:56
TracMenusPlugin 0.3.0dev: Conform to PEP8
16734 by rjollos on 2017-08-21 09:09:33
TracMenusPlugin 0.2.0: Restore missing styles

Fixes #13018, #11727.



Author: cbalan
Contributors: izzy

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