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Trac Ticket Queries

In addition to reports, Trac provides support for custom ticket queries, which can be used to display tickets that meet specified criteria.

To configure and execute a custom query, switch to the View Tickets module from the navigation bar, and select the Custom Query link.


When you first go to the query page, the default filter will display tickets relevant to you:

  • If logged in then all open tickets, it will display open tickets assigned to you.
  • If not logged in but you have specified a name or email address in the preferences, then it will display all open tickets where your email (or name if email not defined) is in the CC list.
  • If not logged in and no name/email is defined in the preferences, then all open issues are displayed.

Current filters can be removed by clicking the button to the left with the minus sign on the label. New filters are added from the pulldown lists at the bottom corners of the filters box; 'And' conditions on the left, 'Or' conditions on the right. Filters with either a text box or a pulldown menu of options can be added multiple times to perform an Or on the criteria.

You can use the fields just below the filters box to group the results based on a field, or display the full description for each ticket.

After you have edited your filters, click the Update button to refresh your results.

Some shortcuts can be used to manipulate checkbox filters.

  • Clicking on a filter row label toggles all checkboxes.
  • Pressing the modifier key while clicking on a filter row label inverts the state of all checkboxes.
  • Pressing the modifier key while clicking on a checkbox selects the checkbox and deselects all other checkboxes in the filter.

The modifier key is platform and browser dependent. On Mac the modified key is Option/Alt or Command. On Linux the modifier key is Ctrl + Alt. Opera on Windows seems to use Ctrl + Alt, while Alt is effective for other Windows browsers.

Clicking on one of the query results will take you to that ticket. You can navigate through the results by clicking the Next Ticket or Previous Ticket links just below the main menu bar, or click the Back to Query link to return to the query page.

You can safely edit any of the tickets and continue to navigate through the results using the Next/Previous/Back to Query links after saving your results. When you return to the query any tickets which were edited will be displayed with italicized text. If one of the tickets was edited such that it no longer matches the query criteria , the text will also be greyed. Lastly, if a new ticket matching the query criteria has been created, it will be shown in bold.

The query results can be refreshed and cleared of these status indicators by clicking the Update button again.

Saving Queries

Trac allows you to save the query as a named query accessible from the reports module. To save a query ensure that you have Updated the view and then click the Save query button displayed beneath the results. You can also save references to queries in Wiki content, as described below.

Note: one way to easily build queries like the ones below, you can build and test the queries in the Custom report module and when ready - click Save query. This will build the query string for you. All you need to do is remove the extra line breaks.

Note: you must have the REPORT_CREATE permission in order to save queries to the list of default reports. The Save query button will only appear if you are logged in as a user that has been granted this permission. If your account does not have permission to create reports, you can still use the methods below to save a query.

You may want to save some queries so that you can come back to them later. You can do this by making a link to the query from any Wiki page.

[query:status=new|assigned|reopened&version=1.0 Active tickets against 1.0]

Which is displayed as:

Active tickets against 1.0

This uses a very simple query language to specify the criteria, see Query Language.

Alternatively, you can copy the query string of a query and paste that into the Wiki link, including the leading ? character:

[query:?status=new&status=assigned&status=reopened&group=owner Assigned tickets by owner]

Which is displayed as:

Assigned tickets by owner

Customizing the table format

You can also customize the columns displayed in the table format (format=table) by using col=<field>. You can specify multiple fields and what order they are displayed in by placing pipes (|) between the columns:


This is displayed as:

Results (1 - 3 of 8595)

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Ticket Resolution Summary Owner Reporter
#13088 worksforme Not working with Trac 1.2? Mark Ryan anonymous
#13087 fixed Release tracldapauthplugin 1.2.1 to pypi Ryan J Ollos kbrowder@…
#13086 wontfix Hashed options are not portable Ryan J Ollos Ryan J Ollos
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Full rows

In table format you can also have full rows by using rows=<field>:


This is displayed as:

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Ticket Resolution Summary Owner Reporter
#13088 worksforme Not working with Trac 1.2? Mark Ryan anonymous

I installed this in Trac 1.2 (Python 2.7) and even simply enabling the plugin:

tracopt.versioncontrol.svn.* = enabled
childtickets.* = enabled

causes an Internal Error with the message:

Trac detected an internal error:

TypeError: childtickets() takes exactly 2 arguments (1 given)

Python Traceback
Most recent call last:

    File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/trac/web/", line 613, in _dispatch_request
    File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/trac/web/", line 273, in dispatch
    File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/trac/web/", line 1123, in render_template
    File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/Genshi-0.7-py2.7-linux-i686.egg/genshi/", line 133, in __or__
    File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/trac/web/", line 1436, in inner
    File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/Tracchildtickets-2.5.2-py2.7.egg/childtickets/", line 146, in filter_stream
    File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/trac/", line 73, in __get__
    File "/usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/trac/", line 242, in get 

System Information

User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Fedora; Linux x86_64; rv:39.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/39.0
Package	Version
Trac 	1.2
Genshi 	0.7 (with speedups)
mod_python 	3.5.0-
MySQL 	server: "5.5.39-log", client: "5.5.39", thread-safe: 1
MySQLdb 	1.2.5
Python 	2.7.5 (default, Jan 22 2014, 18:47:37) [GCC 4.7.3]
setuptools 	2.2
Subversion 	1.8.14 (r1692801)
jQuery	1.11.3
jQuery UI	1.11.4
jQuery Timepicker	1.5.5

#13087 fixed Release tracldapauthplugin 1.2.1 to pypi Ryan J Ollos kbrowder@…

Looks like tracldapauth is still at 1.0 on pypi:TracLDAPAuth.

Can be quite confusing since the documentation is different.

#13086 wontfix Hashed options are not portable Ryan J Ollos Ryan J Ollos

After upgrading to Trac 1.2 most of the poll results are not displayed. The following pages have polls:

Only RequestaHack shows any votes.

The poll options are hashed: pollmacro/trunk/tracpoll/

For the poll on the PollMacro page, the hashed values in the .poll file are:

  • Cool -> 13fc52bf
  • Crap -> 73addc7c

On the server, I get:

>>> s1 = 'Cool'
>>> '%08x' % abs(hash(s1))
>>> s2 = 'Crap'
>>> '%08x' % abs(hash(s2))

I've gotten closer to reproducing the pair of values using the first 32bits of the hash, but only the first string matches:

>>> '%08x' % abs(hash(s1) & ((1<<32)-1))
>>> '%08x' % abs(hash(s2) & ((1<<32)-1))

I assume the polls displayed correctly before upgrading to Trac 1.2, which involved creating a new virtualenv, but I get the same results from the old virtualenv so it's unclear to me what has changed.

I think we need to move to database storage of polls and results (comment:4:ticket:3495), but it would be nice to recover the results first.

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Query Language

query: TracLinks and the [[TicketQuery]] macro both use a mini “query language” for specifying query filters. Filters are separated by ampersands (&). Each filter consists of the ticket field name, an operator and one or more values. More than one value are separated by a pipe (|), meaning that the filter matches any of the values. To include a literal & or | in a value, escape the character with a backslash (\).

The available operators are:

= the field content exactly matches one of the values
~= the field content contains one or more of the values
^= the field content starts with one of the values
$= the field content ends with one of the values

All of these operators can also be negated:

!= the field content matches none of the values
!~= the field content does not contain any of the values
!^= the field content does not start with any of the values
!$= the field content does not end with any of the values

The date fields created and modified can be constrained by using the = operator and specifying a value containing two dates separated by two dots (..). Either end of the date range can be left empty, meaning that the corresponding end of the range is open. The date parser understands a few natural date specifications like "3 weeks ago", "last month" and "now", as well as Bugzilla-style date specifications like "1d", "2w", "3m" or "4y" for 1 day, 2 weeks, 3 months and 4 years, respectively. Spaces in date specifications can be omitted to avoid having to quote the query string.

created=2007-01-01..2008-01-01 query tickets created in 2007
created=lastmonth..thismonth query tickets created during the previous month
modified=1weekago.. query tickets that have been modified in the last week
modified=..30daysago query tickets that have been inactive for the last 30 days

See also: TracTickets, TracReports, TracGuide, TicketQuery

Last modified 12 days ago Last modified on Feb 12, 2017, 11:13:37 PM