Bugzilla vs Trac

Last updated: February 15, 2011

Bugzilla is server software designed to help you manage software development. Bugzilla is a "Defect Tracking System" or "Bug-Tracking System". Defect Tracking Systems allow individual or groups of developers to keep track of outstanding bugs in their product effectively. Most alternative defect-tracking software vendors charge enormous licensing fees. Despite being "free", Bugzilla has many features its expensive counterparts lack. Consequently, Bugzilla has quickly become a favorite of thousands of organizations across the globe.
Trac is an alternative wiki and issue tracking system for software development projects. Trac uses a minimalistic approach to web-based software project management. Our mission is to help developers write great software while staying out of the way. Trac should impose as little as possible on a team's established development process and policies.
Bugzilla vs Trac in our news:

2011. Bugzilla 4.0 improves duplicate detection, custom fields and search

The new version of the popular bug-tracker Bugzilla 4.0 is officially released. Since Bugzilla 3.0, almost every major user interface in Bugzilla has been redesigned, the WebServices have evolved enormously, there's a great new Extensions system, and there are hundreds of other new features. It's not just major WebService and UI enhancements that are new in Bugzilla 4.0—there are many other exciting new features, including automatic duplicate detection, enhanced custom field functionality, autocomplete for users, search improvements. Other new features include new attachment details UI, general Usability Improvements, new Default Status Workflow, "Last Search" Now Remembers Multiple Searches, Cross-Domain WebServices with JSONP, Mandatory Custom Fields, Voting Is Now An Extension, Users Get New CSS and Javascript Automatically, Many New Hooks, New Apache Configuration.

2006. Trac - web-based project management with wiki + bug-tracker + svn code browser

Trac is a new entrant to the issue tracking space. It's a nice web-based project management tool written in Python. It integrates with existing Subversion repositories; for example, you can browse the code in your repositories with Trac (it'll be displayed syntax-highlighted), view diffs between revisions etc. etc. Additionally, you get a wiki (e.g. for project documentation), as well as a built-in bug-tracker a la Bugzilla, all integrated nicely into a single piece of software... It's Free Software, of course (the license changed from GPL to revised BSD somewhat recently)... You can get tons of useful plugins and macros over at trac-hacks.org for additional functionality, e.g. DoxygenPlugin, GanttPlugin, DebianBtsMacro, and many more.