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The Basics

  • If you just put a word or series of words in the search box, Bugzilla will search the Product, Component, Keywords, Alias, Summary, Whiteboard, and Comment fields for your word or words.
  • Typing just a number in the search box will take you directly to the bug with that ID. Also, just typing the alias of a bug will take you to that bug.
  • Adding more terms narrows down the search, it does not expand it. (In other words, Bugzilla searches for bugs that match all your criteria, not bugs that match any of your criteria.)
  • Searching is case-insensitive. So table, Table, and TABLE are all the same.
  • Bugzilla does not just search for the exact word you put in, but also for any word that contains that word. So, for example, searching for "cat" would also find bugs that contain it as part of other words—for example, a bug mentioning "catch" or "certificate". It will not find partial words in the Comment or Keywords fields, though—only full words are matched, there.
  • By default, only open bugs are searched. If you want to know how to also search closed bugs, see the Advanced Shortcuts section.
  • If you want to search specific fields, you do it like field:value, where field is one of the field names lower down in this document and value is the value you want to search for in that field. If you put commas in the value, then it is interpreted as a list of values, and bugs that match any of those values will be searched for.

Examples of Simple Queries

Here are some examples of how to write some simple queries. Examples for more complex queries can be found lower in this page.

  • All open bugs where is in the CC list (no need to mention open bugs, this is the default):
  • All unconfirmed bugs in product productA (putting the bug status at the first position make it being automagically considered as a bug status):
    UNCONFIRMED product:productA
  • All open and closed bugs reported by (we must specify ALL as the first word, else only open bugs are taken into account):
  • All open bugs with severity blocker or critical with the target milestone set to 2.5:
    severity:blocker,critical milestone:2.5
  • All open bugs in the component Research & Development with priority P1 or P2 (we must use quotes for the component as its name contains whitespaces):
    component:"Research & Development" priority:P1,P2

Fields You Can Search On

You can specify any of these fields like field:value in the search box, to search on them. You can also abbreviate the field name, as long as your abbreviation matches only one field name. So, for example, searching on stat:VERIFIED will find all bugs in the VERIFIED status. Some fields have multiple names, and you can use any of those names to search for them.

For custom fields, they can be used and abbreviated based on the part of their name after the cf_ if you'd like, in addition to their standard name starting with cf_. So for example, cf_bug_type can be referred to as bug_type, also. However, if this causes a conflict between the standard Bugzilla field names and the custom field names, the standard field names always take precedence.

Field Field Name(s) For Search
%5BIssue creation%5D %5BIssue creation%5D
%5BIssue+creation%5D %5BIssue+creation%5D
%Complete percentage_complete
[Bug creation] [Bug creation]
[Issue [Issue
[Issue creation[ [Issue creation[
[issue creation] [issue creation]
[Issue+creation] [Issue+creation]
[Issue_status] [Issue_status]
Alias alias
Assignee assigned_toassigneeowner
Assignee Real Name assigned_to_realname
Attachment data attachmentdataattachdata
Attachment description attachmentdescattachmentattachdesc
Attachment mime type attachmentmimetypeattachmimetype
Blocks blocked
Bug ID bug_id
CC cc
Changed delta_ts
Classification classification
Comment descriptionlongdesccomment
Commenter commenter
Component component
Content content
Creation date creation_ts
Days since bug changed days_elapsed
Deadline deadline
Depends on dependson
Ever confirmed everconfirmed
Exception Report cf_autoreporter_id
Flag Requestee requestee
Flag Setter setter
Flags flag
Group group
groupset groupset
Hardware platform
Hours Left remaining_time
Hours Worked work_time
Issue # issue_id
Issue type issue_type
Issue Type cf_bug_type
issue-creation issue-creation
issue_severity issue_severity
Keywords keywordskw
Last diffed lastdiffed
Orig. Est. estimated_time
OS op_sysos
Priority priority
Product product
QA Contact qa_contact
QA Contact Real Name qa_contact_realname
Reporter reporter
Reporter Real Name reporter_realname
resol resol
Resolution resolution
See Also see_also
Severity severity
Status issue_status
Subcomponent subcomponent
Summary short_descsummary
Tags tag
Target Milestone target_milestonemilestone
Time Since Assignee Touched owner_idle_time
URL issue_file_loc
Version version
Votes votes
Whiteboard whiteboardsw

Advanced Features

  • If you want to search for a phrase or something that contains spaces, commas, colons or quotes, you must put it in quotes, like: "yes, this is a phrase". You must also use quotes to search for characters that would otherwise be interpreted specially by quicksearch. For example, "this|that" would search for the literal string this|that and would not be parsed as "this OR that". Also, "-field:value" would search for the literal phrase -field:value and would not be parsed as "NOT field:value".
  • You can use AND, NOT, and OR in searches. You can also use - to mean "NOT", and | to mean "OR". There is no special character for "AND", because by default any search terms that are separated by a space are joined by an "AND". Examples:
    • NOT:
      Use -summary:foo to exclude bugs with foo in the summary.
      NOT summary:foo would have the same effect.
    • AND:
      foo bar searches for bugs that contains both foo and bar.
      foo AND bar would have the same effect.
    • OR:
      foo|bar would search for bugs that contain foo OR bar.
      foo OR bar would have the same effect.

    You cannot use | nor OR to enumerate possible values for a given field. You must use commas instead. So field:value1,value2 does what you expect, but field:value1|value2 would be treated as field:value1 OR value2, which means value2 is not bound to the given field.

    OR has higher precedence than AND; AND is the top level operation. For example:

    Searching for url|location bar|field -focus means (url OR location) AND (bar OR field) AND (NOT focus)

Advanced Shortcuts

In addition to using field names to search specific fields, there are certain characters or words that you can use as a "shortcut" for searching certain fields:

Field Shortcut(s)
Status Make the first word of your search the name of any status, or even an abbreviation of any status, and bugs in that status will be searched. ALL is a special shortcut that means "all statuses". OPEN is a special shortcut that means "all open statuses".
Resolution Make the first word of your search the name of any resolution, or even an abbreviation of any resolution, and bugs with that resolution will be searched. For example, making FIX the first word of your search will find all bugs with a resolution of FIXED .
Priority "P1" (as a word anywhere in the search) means "find bugs with the highest priority. "P2" means the second-highest priority, and so on.

Searching for "P1-3" will find bugs in any of the three highest priorities, and so on.

Assignee @value
Product or Component :value
Keywords !value
Flags flag?requestee
Comment or Summary #value
Summary or Whiteboard [value

Examples of Complex Queries

It is pretty easy to write rather complex queries without too much effort. For very complex queries, you have to use the Advanced Search form.

  • All bugs reported by or assigned to him (the initial @ is a shortcut for the assignee, see the Advanced Shortcuts section above):
    ALL OR
  • All open bugs in product productA with either severity blocker, critical or major, or with priority P1, or with the blocker+ flag set, and which are neither assigned to nor to (we make the assumption that there are only two users matching userB and userC, else we would write the whole login name):
    :productA sev:blocker,critical,major OR pri:P1 OR flag:blocker+ -assign:userB,userC
  • All FIXED bugs with the blocker+ flag set, but without the approval+ nor approval? flags set:
    FIXED flag:blocker+ -flag:approval+ -flag:approval?
  • Bugs with That's a "unusual" issue in the bug summary (double quotes are escaped using \"):
    summary:"That's a \"unusual\" issue"
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