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bugzilla - command-line interface to Bugzilla over XML-RPC


bugzilla [options] [command] [command-options]


bugzilla is a command-line utility that allows access to the XML-RPC interface provided by Bugzilla.

command is one of:
* login - log into the given bugzilla instance
* new - create a new bug
* query - search for bugs matching given criteria
* modify - modify existing bugs
* attach - attach files to existing bugs, or get attachments
* info - get info about the given bugzilla instance


show program's version number and exit
--help, -h
show this help message and exit
bugzilla XMLRPC URI. default:
Don't error on invalid bugzilla SSL certificate
client side certificate file needed by the webserver.
Run interactive "login" before performing the specified command.
Log in with this username
Log in with this password
The session (login token) will be restricted to the current IP address.
Raise an error if we aren't logged in to bugzilla. Consider using this if you are depending on cached credentials, to ensure that when they expire the tool errors, rather than subtly change output.
Don't save any bugzilla cookies or tokens to disk, and don't use any pre-existing credentials.
cookie file to use for bugzilla authentication
token file to use for bugzilla authentication
give more info about what's going on
output bunches of debugging info
show program's version number and exit

Standard bugzilla options

These options are shared by some combination of the 'new', 'query', and 'modify' sub commands. Not every option works for each command though.

--product=PRODUCT, -p PRODUCT
Product name
--version=VERSION, -v VERSION
Product version
Component name
--summary=SUMMARY, -s SUMMARY, --short_desc=SUMMARY
Bug summary
Set initial bug comment/description
Comment tag for the new comment
RHBZ sub component name
--os=OS, -o OS
Operating system
Arch this bug occurs on
--severity=SEVERITY, -x SEVERITY
Bug severity
--priority=PRIORITY, -z PRIORITY
Bug priority
Bug alias (name)
--status=STATUS, -s STATUS, --bug_status=STATUS
Bug status (NEW, ASSIGNED, etc.)
--url=URL, -u URL
URL for further bug info
Target milestone
RHBZ Target release
--blocked=BUGID[, BUGID, ...]
Bug IDs that this bug blocks
--dependson=BUGID[, BUGID, ...]
Bug IDs that this bug depends on
--keywords=KEYWORD[, KEYWORD, ...]
Bug keywords
--groups=GROUP[, GROUP, ...]
Which user groups can view this bug
--cc=CC[, CC, ...]
CC list
--assigned_to=ASSIGNED_TO, -a ASSIGNED_TO, --assignee ASSIGNED_TO
Bug assignee
--qa_contact=QA_CONTACT, -q QA_CONTACT
QA contact
Set or unset a flag. For example, to set a flag named devel_ack, do --flag devel_ack+ Unset a flag with the 'X' value, like --flag needinfoX
Set (personal) tags field
--whiteboard WHITEBOARD, -w WHITEBOARD, --status_whiteboard WHITEBOARD
Whiteboard field
--devel_whiteboard DEVEL_WHITEBOARD
RHBZ devel whiteboard field
--internal_whiteboard INTERNAL_WHITEBOARD
RHBZ internal whiteboard field
--qa_whiteboard QA_WHITEBOARD
RHBZ QA whiteboard field
--fixed_in FIXED_IN, -F FIXED_IN
RHBZ 'Fixed in version' field
Manually specify a bugzilla XMLRPC field. FIELD is the raw name used by the bugzilla instance. For example if your bugzilla instance has a custom field cf_my_field, do: --field cf_my_field=VALUE

Output options

These options are shared by several commands, for tweaking the text output of the command results.
--full, -f
output detailed bug info
--ids, -i
output only bug IDs
--extra, -e
output additional bug information (keywords, Whiteboards, etc.)
one line summary of the bug (useful for scripts)
raw output of the bugzilla contents
Print output in the form given. You can use RPM-style tags that match bug fields, e.g.: '%{id}: %{summary}'.

The output of the bugzilla tool should NEVER BE PARSED unless you are using a custom --outputformat. For everything else, just don't parse it, the formats are not stable and are subject to change.

--outputformat allows printing arbitrary bug data in a user preferred format. For example, to print a returned bug ID, component, and product, separated with ::, do:

--outputformat "%{id}::%{component}::%{product}"

The fields (like 'id', 'component', etc.) are the names of the values returned by bugzilla's XMLRPC interface. To see a list of all fields, check the API documentation in the 'SEE ALSO' section. Alternatively, run a 'bugzilla --debug query ...' and look at the key names returned in the query results. Also, in most cases, using the name of the associated command line switch should work, like --bug_status becomes %{bug_status}, etc.

‘query’ specific options

Certain options can accept a comma separated list to query multiple values, including --status, --component, --product, --version, --id.

Note: querying via explicit command line options will only get you so far. See the --from-url option for a way to use powerful Web UI queries from the command line.

--id ID, -b ID, --bug_id ID
specify individual bugs by IDs, separated with commas
--reporter REPORTER, -r REPORTER
Email: search reporter email for given address
--quicksearch QUICKSEARCH
Search using bugzilla's quicksearch functionality.
--savedsearch SAVEDSEARCH
Name of a bugzilla saved search. If you don't own this saved search, you must passed --savedsearch_sharer_id.
--savedsearch-sharer-id SAVEDSEARCH_SHARER_ID
Owner ID of the --savedsearch. You can get this ID from the URL bugzilla generates when running the saved search from the web UI.
--from-url WEB_QUERY_URL
Make a working query via bugzilla's 'Advanced search' web UI, grab the url from your browser (the string with query.cgi or buglist.cgi in it), and --from-url will run it via the bugzilla API. Don't forget to quote the string! This only works for Bugzilla 5 and Red Hat bugzilla

‘modify’ specific options

Fields that take multiple values have a special input format.

Append: Overwrite: Remove:

Options that accept this format: --cc, --blocked, --dependson, --groups, --tags, whiteboard fields.

Close with the given resolution (WONTFIX, NOTABUG, etc.)
ID of original bug. Implies --close DUPLICATE
Mark new comment as private
Reset assignee to component default
Reset QA contact to component default

‘attach’ options

File to attach, or filename for data provided on stdin
A short description of the file being attached
Mime-type for the file being attached
Download the attachment with the given ID
--getall=BUGID, --get-all=BUGID
Download all attachments on the given bug
--comment=COMMENT, -l COMMENT
Add comment with attachment

‘info’ options

--products, -p
Get a list of products
--components=PRODUCT, -c PRODUCT
List the components in the given product
--component_owners=PRODUCT, -o PRODUCT
List components (and their owners)
--versions=PRODUCT, -v PRODUCT
List the versions for the given product
Only show active components. Combine with --components*


Some command usage will require an active login to the bugzilla instance. For example, if the bugzilla instance has some private bugs, those bugs will be missing from 'query' output if you do not have an active login.

If you are connecting to a bugzilla 5.0 or later instance, the best option is to use bugzilla API keys. From the bugzilla web UI, log in, navigate to Preferences->API Keys, and generate a key (it will be a long string of characters and numbers). Then create a ~/.config/python-bugzilla/bugzillarc like this:

$ cat ~/.config/python-bugzilla/bugzillarc [] api_key=YOUR_API_KEY

Replace '' with your bugzilla host name, and YOUR_API_KEY with the generated API Key from the Web UI.

For older bugzilla instances, you will need to cache a login cookie or token with the "login" subcommand or the "--login" argument.

Additionally, the --no-cache-credentials option will tell the bugzilla tool to _not_ save or use any authentication cache, including the bugzillarc file.


bugzilla query --bug_id 62037

bugzilla query --version 15 --component python-bugzilla

# All boolean options can be formatted like this
bugzilla query --blocked "123456 | 224466"

bugzilla login

bugzilla new -p Fedora -v rawhide -c python-bugzilla \ --summary "python-bugzilla causes headaches" \ --comment "python-bugzilla made my brain hurt when I used it."

bugzilla attach --file ~/Pictures/cam1.jpg --desc "me, in pain" $BUGID

bugzilla attach --getall $BUGID

bugzilla modify --close NOTABUG --comment "Actually, you're hungover." $BUGID


bugzilla normally returns 0 if the requested command was successful. Otherwise, exit status is 1 if bugzilla is interrupted by the user (or a login attempt fails), 2 if a socket error occurs (e.g. TCP connection timeout), and 3 if the server returns an XML-RPC fault.


Please report any bugs as github issues at
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March 30, 2017 version 2.1.0