9 Free And Open Source Bug Tracking Softwares

A web application or a software development process always has bugs which is very normal in a hundreds of lines of code. The important part is tracking & fixing them.

Whether you are a one-person-army or have teammates, it is a big time-saver to use a bug tracking software.

Besides having the bugs listed in a comprehensive way, most bug/issue tracking applications let end-users to submit bug-feature requests that will end up in a better product.

Here are 9 free & open source bug tracking softwares, both desktop & web-based, for a better development process:




WebIssues is an open source issue tracking & team collaboration application that has 2 parts:

  • The server: a PHP-MySQL based server where the data is stored, notifications are sent
  • The client: a desktop application for users to connect to the server (Windows & Linux supported)

A permission-based user system enables the ability of "multiple users working on different projects".

Issue types are flexible & customizable. Issues can be easily filtered & reports can be created for a snapshot. 



A PHP bug tracking software that works with MySQL, PostgreSQL, MSSQL and Oracle.

Unlimited projects can be created with any number of users working on them. Users working on the project can easily see the bugs assigned to them or see the general status of the project.

eTraxis can notify users with e-mails & has a reminder system. The software has multilanguage support.



This Mozilla Foundation supported/developed bug tracking system allows individual or groups of developers to keep track of outstanding bugs in their product effectively.

Considering Bugzilla is used by Mozilla, Open Office, RedHat, NASA, Facebook & hundreds of other popular companies, it is a very mature & feature rich application.

It can perfectly track bugs & code changes with time tracking and notifications. Teammates can communicate with each other & users of the product can become a part of the bug tracking system by submitting bugs


Trac - Issue Tracking System

Trac is a improved wiki and issue tracking system for software development projects.

It has an interface to Subversion (or other version control systems), an integrated Wiki and convenient reporting facilities.

A timeline displays all current and past project events in order, for a better overview of the project. There is also a roadmap which shows the list of the upcoming milestones.

Mantis Bug Tracker

Mantis Bug Tracker

A web-based free bug tracking system, written in PHP and works with MySQL, MS SQL, and PostgreSQL.

Mantis has a multi-level hieararchy: projects>sub-projects>categories>bugs where users can contribute to each item if they have the access rights.

The application has powerful features like an integrated wiki, chat, RSS feeds, time tracking & much more.


Asp.Net Bug Tracking Software

BugNet is an open source ASP.NET bug tracking tool.

Email notifications, reporting and per project configuration of fields and values allows efficient management of bugs, feature requests, and other issues for projects of any scale.

The Bug Genie

The Bug Genie

An open source issue tracking system for improving the development process by managing bug reports, feature requests and user feedback.

The Bug Genie is built with PHP, has multilanguage support & provides an easy to use interface.

It can be integrated with Subversion, displays roadmaps automatically & much more.

Issue Tracker By ASP.NET

ASP.NET Issue Tracker

A simple yet working issue tracker by ASP.NET.

The application lets you to create projects, projects members/permissions & issues to be assigned to members.

Issues can be tracked, related issues can be displayed & more. Issue Tracker supports MS Access & MSSQL for storing the data.



Eventum is a issue tracking system built by the MySQL team.

It helps organizing tasks & bugs within a development project. It has various features from notifications to reminders & reports to RSS support.

  1. Reply Navdeep March 16, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Redmine is another amazing tool.

  2. Reply Marcin March 16, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Why missing the RT: Request Tracker? http://bestpractical.com/rt/

  3. Reply Chris Jones March 16, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    In the interest of documentation, you should also check out Redmine (http://www.redmine.org/).

  4. Reply Philip Hallstrom March 16, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    I’d add Redmine to the list. It adds a slew of other nice PM features as well.

  5. Reply Derek March 16, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    No ColdFusion love so I will throw this one in

    Lighthouse Pro from Ray Camden

  6. Reply Yaron March 16, 2009 at 3:03 PM


    I’ve actually been using The Bug Genie for a while, on a few projects, and am overall quite happy with it. But after a long time of inactivity I stopped looking for updates, so until seeing this post now I didn’t notice they released a new version.

  7. Reply Dave Quested March 16, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    We just started using RedMine (www.redmine.org), x10 better than Trac.

  8. Reply allan March 16, 2009 at 8:24 PM

    wow great thanks for this, this would surely help people. By the way I am using trac on developing software.

  9. Reply sas March 16, 2009 at 10:19 PM

    yeap, redmine is definetelly missing in this list….

  10. Reply Bala March 16, 2009 at 11:29 PM

    Nice post. I would like know list of Free and Open source Test Case Management Systems.

  11. Reply draganshadow March 17, 2009 at 2:59 AM

    Yes Redmine is missing, I also think that it’s better than trac. It’s easier to manage eand do multiple projects.

  12. Reply Rasheed March 17, 2009 at 3:08 AM

    REDMINE, better than trac!! And offers lot a features! Definitly the best..

  13. Reply Thomas March 17, 2009 at 3:16 AM

    Arg Bugzilla is running on Perl ;-(

  14. Reply Farid Hadi March 17, 2009 at 3:24 AM

    Thanks for collecting and sharing.

  15. Reply taylan March 17, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    I need such a list really. Now, the choice will be much easier to do. Thank you.

  16. Reply anon March 18, 2009 at 8:33 PM

    you forgot to mention Fossil, by the creator of Sqlite: http://fossil-scm.org/.

    From the author:

    “Fossil is a distributed software version control system that includes an integrated distributed wiki and an integrated distributed bug-tracking system all in a single, easy-to-use, stand-alone executable.”

  17. Reply Lynx May 15, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    use mantis, yeah!

  18. Reply Jorg May 18, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    If anyone’s interested, here’s a list of web based bug/defect tracking softwares: http://www.web-based-software.com/tracking/

  19. Reply Trinh Bui May 18, 2009 at 10:42 PM

    But redmine don’t have notification mail function

  20. Reply Marcus Friedman | Ellipsys ... June 15, 2009 at 9:27 PM

    Redmine is one of the most powerful, flexible and intuitive tools for tracking issues in the context of a software development project.

    It has an excellent user interface, and a lot of features that are a must for development teams.

    I think it can’t be missing on a “free and open source bug tracking software” list.

    Kind regards,

  21. Reply Nadav June 24, 2009 at 7:08 AM

    Amazing post! Love it. Very informative. Thanks!

  22. Reply srilakshmi July 2, 2009 at 4:20 AM

    Pls. let me know the best free source bug tracking tool for tracking requirements, bugs and enhancement.
    Should have provision to generate reports.

  23. Reply daniel lopes August 6, 2009 at 4:28 PM

    Wow, forgot lighthouse? The best one: http://lighthouseapp.com/

  24. Reply Umut M. August 7, 2009 at 12:44 AM


    Lighthouse looks nice but not open source.

  25. Reply Wiredworx August 13, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Great resource! Just what I was looking for =D

  26. Reply Tester August 23, 2009 at 4:36 PM

    We’ve been using BugHost since 2002… great tool with free option!

    Thanks for the informative list!

  27. Reply guy September 20, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    very good bug tracker is informup (free for 4 users). we are only 2 in our company so it is great for us.
    thank:-) http://www.informup.com

  28. Reply Ben September 23, 2009 at 10:09 PM

    BugAware has a free SAAS 5 user product, also free for Non Profit / Educational Orgs : http://www.bugaware.com

  29. Reply EHz October 24, 2009 at 8:04 PM

    According to:
    Redmine should run on most Unix, Linux, Mac and Windows systems as long as ruby is available on this platform.

    So it requires Ruby (or Ruby on Rails?).

  30. Reply Tom Domyno November 17, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    The Codendi platform also offers a powerful and very customizable open-source and web-based tracker system. Codendi trackers enables to create as many tracker you want : task tracker, requirement tracker, issue tracker, test tracker etc. You can download for free Codendi Labs http://www.codendi.com/features.php

  31. Reply kevin December 29, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Great List – thanks
    Has anyone used eTraxis – http://www.etraxis.org/ ?
    Wondering if it is any good. Thanks

  32. Reply kevin December 29, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    sorry – i meant – extraview – http://www.extraview.com/site/

  33. Reply faisal December 29, 2009 at 4:46 PM

    It was an excellent place to choose the right tool for my needs. Thanks all.

  34. Reply Harish January 25, 2010 at 6:05 AM

    Surely it is the right place for me to choose one.

    Thanks a lot for your valuable contribution.

  35. Reply Gabi February 7, 2010 at 8:19 AM

    http://bugspy.net is a search engine for open source bugs. Very useful

  36. Reply anna lorraine February 10, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    thanks for posting this… thanks alot 🙂

  37. Reply Varun Sikka February 19, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    Thanks a lot.. Its a very valuable information.

  38. Reply k²bytes February 26, 2010 at 3:10 AM

    Very interesting list! Thanks for putting the features together!

  39. Reply vbulletin 4 styles March 4, 2010 at 7:26 AM

    Appreciate this 🙂 i develop vBulletin 4 styles and skins, and vbulletin 4 still has many stylevars bugs and this will help my users report them so i can write custom workarounds for any problems found.

    Thanks again

  40. Reply Mangesh Wankhade March 28, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    Thanks for the useful posting buddy!

  41. Reply Ivan April 6, 2010 at 1:55 AM

    thanks very much for this list!

  42. Reply XXXX May 10, 2010 at 2:57 AM
  43. Reply anwar June 6, 2010 at 10:30 PM

    Well, bugtracker.Net is not bad. “ve not used redmine, so i cant say about it.

  44. Reply sana zafar July 23, 2010 at 1:52 AM

    well all bug tracking softwares are described, valuable information!!!!

  45. Reply Daniel Smith September 1, 2010 at 1:33 AM

    great list, i’ll add launchpad to the mix since it is now open sourced

  46. Reply Bill Norton October 27, 2010 at 4:34 AM

    Well, I agree that Open Source BT systems like Redmine or Trac are really worth mentioning, but they still lack a lot of features.

    I can advise to check out Bontq if you look for hosted solution…

  47. Reply Peter December 24, 2010 at 12:14 AM

    There’s a new great tool called Vermis, check it out http://vermis.diabloware.com/

    online demo: http://vermis.diabloware.com/demo/

  48. Reply kindrosker February 20, 2011 at 2:32 AM

    try http://qdpm.net/ It is fully configurable and customers interact using a Ticket System that is integrated into Task management.

  49. Reply Leander March 23, 2011 at 3:23 AM

    I duno if you guys have tried http://holybugs.com.

    It’s super simple, and does the job for me. Free too.

  50. Reply Ravneet Parmar April 28, 2011 at 6:06 AM

    did someone ever try Vantive.. its a fairly new product, super simple, awesome gui, tons of features.. all for FREE


  51. Reply Onedeadgod October 7, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    Great conversation. I hadn’t seen bug genie. I dig it.

  52. Reply Chris March 14, 2012 at 4:31 AM

    Having problems with downloading redmine. Any helps?

  53. Reply kogila March 15, 2012 at 2:23 AM


    Please tell …what’s the configuration info like servers and for how many users can use parallel….server must for every tracking tool? or just could download and can use? Please tell the clear picture..

  54. Reply Dan April 4, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    I like Mantis, it caters for my developers.

    After reading this, I thought i would try etraxis. They have a free hosting account which takes a minute to setup.

    Time will tell!

  55. Reply Xagyg May 10, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Check out Redmine and Redmine Backlogs. Great tool.

  56. Reply Kumar August 22, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Is bugzilla a open source? I doubt because I had tried downloading it earlier, but did not work well.

  57. Reply Giotti September 22, 2012 at 7:09 AM

    If you are looking at redmine, also first have a look at chiliproject! Neither of those two has such a nice integration with Mylyn in eclipse, though, as does Trac – still the best.

    @Kumar, bugzilla is definitely open source.

  58. Reply sagar September 25, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    Hay Here is easy and free to use bug tracking tool check this link


  59. Reply Richard Rutter September 29, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    I have previously used Mantis, however the BIGGEST problem that I had was getting customers to use it. Most people prefer to call or email directly, me included.

    However, in terms of organisation it is great.

  60. Reply QA February 7, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    I am trying to download the redmin for the first time to work on ,but i’m not able to ,getting confused as which version is to be downloaded and how to install it .Could any body explain and help me out of this.

  61. Reply Nitiz Kumar August 13, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    We created an amazing bug tracking system at http://www.vectrateam.com , Please check it out.

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