WWW::Bugzilla - Handles submission/update of bugzilla bugs via WWW::Mechanize.


    use WWW::Bugzilla;

    # create new bug
    my $bz = WWW::Bugzilla->new(    server => '', 
                                    email => '',
                                    password => 'mypassword' );

    # enter info into some fields and save new bug

    # get list of available version choices
    my @versions = $bz->available('version');

    # set version
    $bz->version( $versions[0] );

    # get list of available products
    my @products = $bz->available('product');

    # set product
    $bz->product( $products[0] );

    # get list of components available
    my @components = $bz->available('component');

    # set component
    $bz->component( $components[0] );

    # optionally do the same for platform, os, priority, severity.

    $bz->assigned_to( '' );
    $bz->summary( $some_text );
    $bz->description( $some_more_text );

    # submit bug, returning new bug number
    my $bug_number = $bz->commit;

    # all of the above could have been done in a much easier
    # way, had we known what values to use. See below:

    my $bz = WWW::Bugzilla->new(    server => '',
                                    email => '',
                                    password => 'mypassword' 
                                    version => 'Alpha',
                                    product => 'MyProduct',
                                    component => 'API',
                                    assigned_to => '',
                                    summary => $some_text,
                                    description => $some_more_text);

    my $bug_number = $bz->commit;

    # Below is an example of how one would update a bug.

    my $bz = WWW::Bugzilla->new(    server => '',
                                    email => '',
                                    password => 'mypassword' 
                                    bug_number => 46 );

    # show me the chosen component
    my $component = $bz->component;

    # change component
    $bz->component( 'Test Failures' );

    $bz->add_cc( '' );

    $bz->add_attachment(    filepath => '/home/me/file.txt',
                            description => 'description text',
                            is_patch => 0,
                            comment => 'comment text here' );

    $bz->additional_comments( "comments here");

    # below are examples of changing bug status



WWW::Bugzilla currently provides an API to posting new Bugzilla bugs, as well as updating existing Bugzilla bugs.




Initialize WWW::Bugzilla object. If bug_number is passed in, will initialize as existing bug. Will croak() unless the Bugzilla login page on server specified returns a 200 or 404. new() supports the following name-value parameters.

server (required)

URL of the bugzilla server you wish to interface with. Do not place http:// or https:// in front of the url (see 'use_ssl' option below)

email (required)

Your email address used by bugzilla, in other words your bugzilla login.

password (required)

Bugzilla password.

use_ssl (optional)

If set, will use https:// protocol, defaults to http://.

NOTE: This option requires Crypt::SSLeay.


Bugzilla product name, required if entering new bug (not updating).

bug_number (optional)

If you mean to update an existing bug (not create a new one) include a valid bug number here.

version component status assigned_to resolution dup_id assigned_to summary bug_number description os platform severity priority cc url add_cc target_milestone status_whiteboard keywords depends_on blocks additional_comments

These are fields that can be initialized on new(), useful for new bugs. Please note that some of these fields apply only to bugs being updated, and if you set them here, they will be overridden if the value is already set in the actual bug on the server. These fields also have thier own get/set methods (see below).

product() version() component() status() assigned_to() resolution() dup_id() assigned_to() summary() bug_number() description() os() platform() severity() priority() cc() url() add_cc() target_milestone() status_whiteboard() keywords() depends_on() blocks() additional_comments()

get/set the value of these bug fields. Some apply only to new bugs, some only to bugs being updated. commit() must be called to save these permanently.


Returns list of available options for field requested. Below are known valid fields:

product platform os version priority severity component target_milestone


Set the Product for the bug


Mark bug being updated as reassigned to another user. Takes email address as parameter. Status/resolution will not be updated until commit() is called.


Mark bug being updated as duplicate of another bug number. Takes bug number as argument. Status/resolution will not be updated until commit() is called.


Change status of bug being updated. Status/resolution will not be updated until commit() is called. The following are valid options (case-insensitive):

assigned fixed invalid wontfix later remind worksforme reopen verified closed


Adds attachment to existing bug - will not work for new bugs. Below are available params:

  • filepath (required)

  • description (required)

  • is_patch (optional boolean)

  • content_type - Autodetected if not defined.

  • comment (optional)

  • finished - will not return object to update form if set (optional boolean)


Lists attachments that are attached to an existing bug - will not work for new bugs.


Get the specified attachment from an existing bug - will not work for new bugs.


Mark the specified attachment obsolete. - will not work for new bugs.


Submits bugzilla new or update form. Returns bug_number. Optionally takes parameter finished- if set will you are done updating the bug, and wil not return you to the update page.

check_error ()

Checks if an error was given, croaking if it did.

get_products ()

Gets a list of products


Lists comments made on an existing bug - will not work for new bugs.


There may well be bugs in this module. Using it as I have, I just have not run into any. In addition, this module does not support ALL of Bugzilla's features. I will consider any patches or improvements, just send me an email at the address listed below.


Maintained by: Brian Caswell,

Originally written by: Matthew C. Vella,


  WWW::Bugzilla - Module providing API to create or update Bugzilla bugs.
  Copyright (C) 2003 Matthew C. Vella (

  Portions Copyright (C) 2006 Brian Caswell (
  This module is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
  under the terms of either:
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  Foundation; either version 1, or (at your option) any later version,                                                                      
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