The Bug Genie

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The Bug Genie
Original author(s) Daniel André Eikeland (2002 – present), Ray Jensen (2004-2006) and Philip Kent (2009-2013)
Developer(s) Various (Open source contributors)
Initial release September 23, 2003; 14 years ago (2003-09-23)[1]
Development status Active
Written in PHP
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in English, French, German, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese (Brazil), Vietnamese, Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish[2]
Type Project management software, Bug tracking system
License Mozilla Public License v1.1

The Bug Genie is free and open source, web-based project management and bug tracking system. Main functionality includes bug- and issue tracking, reporting, project management, integrated wiki and integration with commonly used version control systems such as Git, Mercurial, Perforce and SVN.[3]


The Bug Genie was initially released as "BUGS - The Bug Genie" or simply BUGS, developed by Daniel André Eikeland, who still maintains the project. Ray Jensen joined the core team for a short period in 2004 and Philip Kent joined in late 2009. In addition to the core team, The Bug Genie is being actively contributed to by members of the community.[4]

After the initial versions (1.x) the software has seen two major rewrites for each of the subsequent major releases. Version 2.0, released to SourceForge on January 2009[5] featured improved user management, search functionality, messaging and issue reporting. Version 3.0, released on January 31, 2011[6] also added integrated project management tools, a wiki and improved integration with external source control systems.


The primary features of The Bug Genie include:[3][7]

  • issue tracking
  • project management
  • integrated wiki
  • version control integration
  • customizable workflow
  • themeable interface
  • RSS support
  • command line tools
  • incoming and outgoing email

Technical Design[edit]

The Bug Genie is written in PHP, and stores its content in an SQL database, supporting MySQL, PostgreSQL and MSSQL out of the box. The interface makes extensive use of AJAX and uses a combination of jQuery and Prototype to provide this functionality.

In addition to this, The Bug Genie also bundles several third-party components that provides additional functionality:

Hardware/software requirements[edit]

An installation of The Bug Genie requires:

  • any web server with URL rewriting capabilities
  • PHP version 5.3.0 or later
  • MySQL 5.0 or greater or PostgreSQL 8.2 or greater
  • the PHP gmp extension, gd extension (for statistics) and imap extension (for incoming email)

Videos, screenshots, and other media[edit]

  • A few demonstration videos (circa 2009) can be found on YouTube.
  • Screenshots of The Bug Genie can be found on The Bug Genie website.
  • The Bug Genie live demo can be found here.


The Bug Genie is reportedly widely used,[8] and users include organisations such as The Bug Genie is also available to install through several automated installation systems such as Amahi and Webuzo.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Bug Genie Home / Archive / 1.x". SourceForge. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Transifex translation overview". 
  3. ^ a b Popov, Dmitri (3 August 2010). "Debug & fix software with help from The Bug Genie". Linux User & Developer. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Contributors to thebuggenie/thebuggenie". 
  5. ^ "The Bug Genie Home / Archive / 2.x". SourceForge. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "The Bug Genie 3.0 Released". The Bug Genie development team. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Bug Genie - Loved Features". The Bug Genie development team. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "The Bug Genie user quotes". 

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