Version 54 (modified by Adrian Fritz, 12 years ago) (diff)

Tested options for future 0.7? release (now in trunk)


Version 0.6 is a complete rewrite for Trac 0.11. This page documents that version. Refer to TagsPlugin/0.5? for information on older versions of the plugin. Also works on Trac 0.12.


  • T.B.D.

A Tagging System for Trac

The TagsPlugin implements both a generic tagging engine, and frontends for the Wiki and ticket systems. An extra text entry box is added to the Wiki edit page for tagging Wiki pages, and ticket fields (you can configure which ones) are treated as tags for the ticket system.

The TagsPlugin was originally created by Muness Alrubaie but has since been completely rewritten by Alec Thomas, and now maintained by hasienda.

See also: KeywordSuggestPlugin, LoomingCloudsPlugin

What are tags?

Tags are like hierarchically organized wiki entries, however with them you can categorize a wiki entry under multiple tags and not just under one hierarchy. You can then search for wiki entries categorized under a tag or a collection of tags. In other words, tags provide a faceted classification system for the Trac wiki.

As an added bonus, tags are linked to the wiki entry of the same name, allowing you to describe them explicitly under the wiki entry of the same name. This allows for a flexible means for establishing the context of wiki entries. Besides this, tags also make it incredibly easy to create todo? lists or indexes?.

Tags don't have to be predefined. As long as there are wiki entries categorized under a tag, it'll be automatically created.

Tags are similar to labels in gmail, tags in the social bookmark manager and Flickr. They are substantially different from Wikipedia categories, because tags are associated with wiki entries of the same name, whereas WikiMedia Categories are just indexes.

This implementation of wiki tagging is specific to Trac. To stay consistent with the way Trac names wiki entries, tags are case sensitive. Trac Hacks itself makes extensive use of tagging and is a good example of their use.


Apply tags

To create a tag, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the wiki entry you want to tag.
  2. Click on Edit This Page
  3. Under Change information, Tag under:, enter the tags you want to categorize the entry under. Separate tags with spaces.
  4. Click Save changes.

The wiki entry you edit is now categorized under the tags you specified.

Almost equivalent steps for tag entry at tickets, usually under keywords field.

Remove tags

To remove a tag from a wiki entry

  1. Go to the wiki entry you want to untag.
  2. Click on Edit This Page
  3. Under Change information, Tag under:, remove the tag from the list.
  4. Click Save changes.

Almost equivalent steps for tag removing at tickets, usually under keywords field.

Searching tags

Querying is implemented through the /tags uri handler, the tag:<tag> syntax or Trac Macros as follows.

Tags query

Both the ListTagged macro and the /tags handler use a basic query language for filtering tagged objects. Query contains the terms to filter, can have some logical operators and have restrictions for where to search:

  1. Space-separated terms logically ANDs them together.
  2. Operators supported by the query language are:
orLogical or
notLogical not
realm:<realm>Restrict to tags in <realm> where realm is wiki, ticket, etc.
  1. Sub-expressions can be grouped inside parentheses (, ).
  2. Expressions and individual tags can be quoted with single ' or double " quotes. (check #3624)
  1. Intersection of macro and plugin tags: tagged:"macro plugin"
  2. Union of macro and plugin tags: tagged:"macro or plugin"
  3. Objects tagged macro or plugin, and example tagged:"(macro or plugin) example"

/tags handler

Going to /tags under your project will show a list of all tags in the wiki. /tags/?q=<query> will show all the objects matching <query>. e.g. This accepts all the parameters that the ListTagged macro does. e.g.

tag:<tag> or tagged:<query> Usage

Both forms are identical and link to the tag search results for the query.

  • tagged:todo or tagged:"plugin macro".

ListTagged macro

This will display a list of resources whose tags match <query> (under certain realm).

  • Version 0.6 -> [[ListTagged([realm:<realm> ]<query>)]]
  • Version dev -> [[ListTagged([realm:<realm> ]<query>[,format=...][,cols=...])]]
Argument Version Description & Details Default
realm:<realm> 0.6 Optional. Restrict tags search to a specific <realm> where <realm> is wiki or ticket or etc. (accepts only one option) realm:ticket
<query> 0.6 Displays a list of resources whose tags match <query> None
format dev Optional. oldlist or short list in known ListTagged style; compact - list with results shortend to just the description; table - table view similar to TicketQuery with 'table' option short
cols dev Optional. Use together with format=table to select which columns to show . cols=id|description|tags
  • Intersection of macro and plugin tags: [[ListTagged(macro plugin)]]
  • All resources tagged macro but not plugin: [[ListTagged(macro -plugin)]]
  • Tickets tagged with macro: [[ListTagged(realm:ticket macro)]]
  • Pages tagged with macro: [[ListTagged(realm:wiki macro)]]

TagCloud macro


Display a cloud of all tags, assuming you do not use the Dummy tag.


Generic installation guidelines are troubleshooting can be found at TracPlugins.

Steps to install and configure this plugin are:

  1. Install
    • Dependencies:
      1. None:
    • Plugin:
      1. Manually:
        1. Download tags: [download:tagsplugin/tags/0.6] or grab the source from SVN.
        2. Build and install an egg from this source.
      2. with easy_install:
        $ sudo easy_install
  2. Configure
    • Note:: older TagsPlugin configuration must be removed. In particular = disabled and default_handler = TagsWikiModule.
    • Tags 0.6 has vastly simplified the configuration to the point where there are only two options, both of which are under the [tags] section:
      1. ignore_closed_tickets = <bool>
        • Whether to gather tags from closed tickets.
      2. ticket_fields = <field>[, <field> ...]
        • eg. ticket_fields = component, keywords.
        • Ticket fields from which to gather tags. Defaults to keywords. Custom fields are currently not supported.
  3. Enable
    • Update your TracIni file (..../trac.ini) with:
      tractags.* = enabled
  4. Run on your Trac environment
    $ trac-admin <env> upgrade
  5. Restart web server:
    $ sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart
  6. Grant TAGS_VIEW and TAGS_MODIFY permissions to your users according to the policies that you'd like to implement.

At this stage the plugin should be working and you should see a text control for tags in your Wiki edit page. You should also see an entry in the main navigation bar labeled Tags.

About i18n/l10n support

The development version of this plugin is prepared for localization.

But English message texts are still the (POSIX) default. If this isn't your preferred language, you can

  1. look, if it's already available from the Trac plugin l10n project at Transifex or
  2. do it yourself (see the l10n cookbook page for Trac plugins for more details).

You've done a new translation? Superb! Contributing your translation is highly appreciated.

You could send it to the plugin's maintainer or contribute to Trac plugin l10n project via Transifex:

Top translations: Trac_Plugin-L10N » tractags

Kindly provided by

Preparing the plugin from source requires no additional steps for compiling message catalog files. Only to include translations marked as # fuzzy by the translator, you'll want to do a manual message catalog compilation with the extra -f argument before packaging:

cd tagsplugin/
python ./ compile_catalog -f
python ./ bdist_egg

Complaints about missing locale directory are often a side-effect of failure to compile any message catalog for inclusion into Python egg, hence the whole path is missing. Due to a know Trac issue Babel has to be installed prior to Trac, to get it all working as expected.
Again, for more details see the l10n cookbook page for Trac plugins.

Bugs & Feature Requests

Check the existing bugs and feature requests. If you have additional issues, create a new ticket.

Source & Download

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

You can also download the zipped source from [download:tagsplugin here].

Most Recent Changes

18472 by rjollos on 2022-04-08 15:53:38
TracTags: Add shebang line to
18214 by rjollos on 2021-04-13 04:08:32
TracTags 0.12.1: Publish 0.12.1 to fix packaging problem


Author: athomas
Maintainer: hasienda
Contributors: hasienda

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