Bugzilla - Overview


Bugzilla is an open-source tool used to track bugs and issues of a project or a software. It helps the developers and other stakeholders to keep track of outstanding problems with the product.

  • It was written by Terry Weissman in TCL programming language in 1998.

  • Later, Bugzilla was written in PERL and it uses the MYSQL database.

  • Bugzilla can be used as a Test Management tool since it can be easily linked with other test case management tools like Quality Centre, ALM, Testlink, etc.

  • Bugzilla provides a powerful, easy to use solution to configuration management and replication problems.

  • It can dramatically increase the productivity and accountability of an individual by providing a documented workflow and positive feedback for good performance.

Most commercial and defect-tracking software vendors charged enormous licensing fees in the starting days of Bugzilla. As a result, Bugzilla quickly became a favorite among the open-source users, due to its genesis in the open-source browser project with Mozilla. It is now the most precious defect-tracking system against which all the others are measured.

Bugzilla puts the power in an individual’s hand to improve the value of business while providing a usable framework for natural attention to detail and knowledge store to flourish.

Bugzilla – Key Features

Bugzilla has many keys as well as advanced features, which makes it unique. Following is a list of some of Bugzilla’s most significant features −

  • Bugzilla is powerful and it has advanced searching capabilities.

  • Bugzilla supports user configurable email notifications whenever the bug status changes.

  • Bugzilla displays the complete bug change history.

  • Bugzilla provides inter bug dependency track and graphic representation.

  • Bugzilla allows users to attach Bug supportive files and manage it.

  • Bugzilla has integrated, product-based, granular security schema that makes it more secure.

  • It has complete security audit and runs under the Perl’s taint mode.

  • Bugzilla supports a robust, stable RDBMS (Rational Data Base Management System) back end.

  • It supports Web, XML, E-Mail and console interfaces.

  • Bugzilla has a wide range of customized, user preferences features.

  • It supports localized web user interface.

  • Extensive configurability as it allows to be configured with other test management tools for a better user experience.

  • Bugzilla has a smooth upgrade pathway among different versions.

In the next chapter, we will discuss the prerequisites for installing Bugzilla.