Trac Ticket Queries

In addition to reports, Trac provides support for custom ticket queries, used to display lists of tickets meeting a specified set of 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 and no name/email 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 of 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.

Once you've edited your filters click the Update button to refresh your results.

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.

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

Using the [[TicketQuery]] Macro

The  TicketQuery macro lets you display lists of tickets matching certain criteria anywhere you can use WikiFormatting.



This is displayed as:

No results

Just like the query: wiki links, the parameter of this macro expects a query string formatted according to the rules of the simple ticket query language.

A more compact representation without the ticket summaries is also available:

[[TicketQuery(version=0.6|0.7&resolution=duplicate, compact)]]

This is displayed as:

No results

Finally, if you wish to receive only the number of defects that match the query, use the count parameter.

[[TicketQuery(version=0.6|0.7&resolution=duplicate, count)]]

This is displayed as:


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 by placing pipes (|) between the columns like below:


This is displayed as:

Full rows

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


This is displayed as:

Results (1 - 3 of 14554)

Ticket Resolution Summary Owner Reporter
#17616 invalid No switch back to NAT from Bridged Network -- Linux.On.Mac

Reported by Linux.On.Mac, 8 days ago.



I'm currently running VirtualBox 5.2.6-r120293 on a Mac with OpenSuse/Linux Guest.

To separate the VM from my Network I usually use NAT. To exchange data with a local computer I switched to bridged network, exchanged data, an tried to switch back to NAT to separate it again. But still I can ping / access my local network. Also rebooted, setting is NAT, and still have connection to local network.


$:> ping
PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=63 time=0.001 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=63 time=6.34 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=63 time=3.21 ms


#17611 wontfix natdnshostresolver breaks gpg key importing -- lfmeloman

Reported by lfmeloman, 9 days ago.


The initial need was to resolve on a Linux guest the host's /etc/hosts entries and also to resolve both LAN and VPN addresses when VPN is established on host.

I made the following preferences:

    VBoxManage modifyvm "vmname" --natdnspassdomain1 on
    VBoxManage modifyvm "vmname" --natdnsproxy1 off
    VBoxManage modifyvm "vmname" --natdnshostresolver1 on

Eventually I needed to verify a coreutils tarball signature and I ran:

    [il@arch ~]$ gpg --keyserver --recv-keys DF6FD971306037D9
    gpg: keyserver receive failed: Server indicated a failure

No communication was made with, but there was a suspicious DNS talk:

    [root@arch il]# sudo tcpdump -i enp0s8 -nn
    tcpdump: verbose output suppressed, use -v or -vv for full protocol decode
    listening on enp0s8, link-type EN10MB (Ethernet), capture size 262144 bytes
    10:27:54.382547 IP > 55424+ SRV? (65)
    10:27:54.383019 IP > 55424 NotImp 0/0/0 (65)
    10:27:54.383077 IP > 28762+ Type0 (Class 8448)? (66)
    10:27:54.383396 IP > 28762 NotImp 0/0/0 (66)

Temporary changing the guest's /etc/resolv.conf to a non-Vbox dns server allowed me to import the key.

#17599 duplicate Update to libcurl4 for Ubuntu 18.04 (bionic) -- mightyiam

Reported by mightyiam, 12 days ago.


I'm using Ubuntu 18.04 (bionic) here.

They've  updated their curl to depend on  libcurl4, which conflicts with  libcurl3 (don't know why the "conflicts" is not documented on the package page).

Query Language

query: TracLinks and the [[TicketQuery]] macro both use a mini “query language” for specifying query filters. Basically, the filters are separated by ampersands (&). Each filter then 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 left out 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
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