Version 9 (modified by Ryan J Ollos, 6 years ago) (diff)

Added link to PyPI page.

Redirect users to the login screen on PermissionError.


This plugin provides two features related to login:

  • When an anonymous user attempts to visit a page that he does not have access to, he will be sent to the login screen instead of seeing Trac's built-in "Permission Error: maybe you should log in" page.
  • The plugin can also be configured to ensure that all access to the login screen occurs over HTTPS.

These features are independent of one another -- you can install the plugin to provide either feature, or both.


To enable:

permredirect.* = enabled

This will enable the "redirect to login screen on permission error" feature. The "HTTPS only" feature will not be enabled.

To additionally enable the "HTTPS only" feature, use:

redirect_login_https = true

To enable the "HTTPS only" feature and disable the "redirect to login screen on permission error" feature, use:

redirect_login = false
redirect_login_https = true


The plugin provides a feature to ensure that all requests to the login page occur over HTTPS, which can be enabled per the "usage" section above. This will intercept all requests to and redirect them to instead. In order for this feature to work, you must configure your web server to accept HTTPS requests on port 443. This feature will only work if your web server is serving HTTP requests on port 80 and HTTPS requests on port 443; no other configurations are currently supported. Also, this feature should only be enabled if you are using AccountManager to handle login. If your site's login occurs in the web server (e.g. Apache authentication) then this feature will not be able to secure your login handler.

It is also possible to implement a similar feature without this plugin at all, using RewriteRules in your Apache configuration. This alternative approach must be used if you are handling login through the Apache web server. Your Apache configuration would include lines like:

# Redirect all login pages to https
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
RewriteRule ^/([^/]+)/login$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}:443/$1/login [L, NE]

(Note the [NE] (no-escape) flag -- this is important! See "Frequently Asked Questions" below.)

For more details, see the various example configurations posted in comments at

Frequently Asked Questions

  • After logging in, Trac always loads the home page, instead of the page the user came from. On the login page, the ?referer query string is double-quoted (double-encoded), and looks like ?referer=http%253A%252F%252Fthe_host%252Fthe_project%252Ftimeline (with the "%" in "%3A" re-quoted to create "%253A") instead of ?http%3A%2F%2Fthe_host%2Fthe_project%252Ftimeline.

This is caused by a faulty Apache configuration. You are probably using a RewriteRule to redirect login over HTTPS. You must use the [NE] (no-escape) flag on your RewriteRule to prevent double-quoting. For more information, see

Bugs/Feature Requests

Existing bugs and feature requests for PermRedirectPlugin are here.

If you have any issues, create a new ticket.


Download the zipped source from [download:permredirectplugin here]. The eggs are available for installation on PyPI.


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

Recent Changes

16606 by rjollos on 2017-05-22 21:42:07
TracPermRedirect 0.3: Conform to PEP8
16605 by rjollos on 2017-05-22 21:05:11
TracPermRedirect 0.3: Conform to PEP8
16460 by rjollos on 2017-04-04 07:22:14
Fix indentation


Author: coderanger
Maintainer: ejucovy