5.10. User Preferences

Once logged in, you can customize various aspects of Bugzilla via the "Preferences" link in the page footer. The preferences are split into five tabs:

5.10.1. General Preferences

This tab allows you to change several default settings of Bugzilla.

  • Bugzilla's general appearance (skin) - select which skin to use. Bugzilla supports adding custom skins.

  • Quote the associated comment when you click on its reply link - sets the behavior of the comment "Reply" link. Options include quoting the full comment, just reference the comment number, or turn the link off.

  • Language used in email - select which language email will be sent in, from the list of available languages.

  • After changing a bug - This controls what page is displayed after changes to a bug are submitted. The options include to show the bug just modified, to show the next bug in your list, or to do nothing.

  • Enable tags for bugs - turn bug tagging on or off.

  • Zoom textareas large when in use (requires JavaScript) - enable or disable the automatic expanding of text areas when text is being entered into them.

  • Field separator character for CSV files - Select between a comma and semi-colon for exported CSV bug lists.

  • Automatically add me to the CC list of bugs I change - set default behavior of CC list. Options include "Always", "Never", and "Only if I have no role on them".

  • When viewing a bug, show comments in this order - controls the order of comments. Options include "Oldest to Newest", "Newest to Oldest" and "Newest to Oldest, but keep the bug description at the top".

  • Show a quip at the top of each bug list - controls whether a quip will be shown on the Bug list page.

5.10.2. Email Preferences

This tab allows you to enable or disable email notification on specific events.

In general, users have almost complete control over how much (or how little) email Bugzilla sends them. If you want to receive the maximum amount of email possible, click the Enable All Mail button. If you don't want to receive any email from Bugzilla at all, click the Disable All Mail button.


A Bugzilla administrator can stop a user from receiving bugmail by clicking the Bugmail Disabled checkbox when editing the user account. This is a drastic step best taken only for disabled accounts, as it overrides the user's individual mail preferences.

There are two global options -- Email me when someone asks me to set a flag and Email me when someone sets a flag I asked for. These define how you want to receive bugmail with regards to flags. Their use is quite straightforward; enable the checkboxes if you want Bugzilla to send you mail under either of the above conditions.

If you'd like to set your bugmail to something besides 'Completely ON' and 'Completely OFF', the Field/recipient specific options table allows you to do just that. The rows of the table define events that can happen to a bug -- things like attachments being added, new comments being made, the priority changing, etc. The columns in the table define your relationship with the bug:

  • Reporter - Where you are the person who initially reported the bug. Your name/account appears in the Reporter: field.

  • Assignee - Where you are the person who has been designated as the one responsible for the bug. Your name/account appears in the Assigned To: field of the bug.

  • QA Contact - You are one of the designated QA Contacts for the bug. Your account appears in the QA Contact: text-box of the bug.

  • CC - You are on the list CC List for the bug. Your account appears in the CC: text box of the bug.

  • Voter - You have placed one or more votes for the bug. Your account appears only if someone clicks on the Show votes for this bug link on the bug.


Some columns may not be visible for your installation, depending on your site's configuration.

To fine-tune your bugmail, decide the events for which you want to receive bugmail; then decide if you want to receive it all the time (enable the checkbox for every column), or only when you have a certain relationship with a bug (enable the checkbox only for those columns). For example: if you didn't want to receive mail when someone added themselves to the CC list, you could uncheck all the boxes in the CC Field Changes line. As another example, if you never wanted to receive email on bugs you reported unless the bug was resolved, you would un-check all boxes in the Reporter column except for the one on the The bug is resolved or verified row.


Bugzilla adds the X-Bugzilla-Reason header to all bugmail it sends, describing the recipient's relationship (AssignedTo, Reporter, QAContact, CC, or Voter) to the bug. This header can be used to do further client-side filtering.

Bugzilla has a feature called Users Watching. When you enter one or more comma-delineated user accounts (usually email addresses) into the text entry box, you will receive a copy of all the bugmail those users are sent (security settings permitting). This powerful functionality enables seamless transitions as developers change projects or users go on holiday.


The ability to watch other users may not be available in all Bugzilla installations. If you don't see this feature, and feel that you need it, speak to your administrator.

Each user listed in the Users watching you field has you listed in their Users to watch list and can get bugmail according to your relationship to the bug and their Field/recipient specific options setting.

5.10.3. Saved Searches

On this tab you can view and run any Saved Searches that you have created, and also any Saved Searches that other members of the group defined in the "querysharegroup" parameter have shared. Saved Searches can be added to the page footer from this screen. If somebody is sharing a Search with a group she or he is allowed to assign users to, the sharer may opt to have the Search show up in the footer of the group's direct members by default.

5.10.4. Name and Password

On this tab, you can change your basic account information, including your password, email address and real name. For security reasons, in order to change anything on this page you must type your current password into the Password field at the top of the page. If you attempt to change your email address, a confirmation email is sent to both the old and new addresses, with a link to use to confirm the change. This helps to prevent account hijacking.

5.10.5. Permissions

This is a purely informative page which outlines your current permissions on this installation of Bugzilla.

A complete list of permissions is below. Only users with editusers privileges can change the permissions of other users.


Indicates user is an Administrator.


Indicates user can configure whine reports for other users.


Indicates user can configure whine reports for self.


Indicates user can moderate quips.


Indicates user can perform actions as other users.


Indicates user cannot be impersonated by other users.


Indicates user can confirm a bug or mark it a duplicate.


Indicates user can create and destroy groups.


Indicates user can edit all bug fields.


Indicates user can create, destroy, and edit classifications.


Indicates user can create, destroy, and edit components.


Indicates user can create, destroy, and edit keywords.


Indicates user can edit or disable users.


Indicates user can change Parameters.


For more information on how permissions work in Bugzilla (i.e. who can change what), see Section 6.4, “Customizing Who Can Change What”.