6.1.13. Users

This part of the Bugzilla API allows you to create user accounts, get information about user accounts and to log in or out using an existing account.

6.1.13.1. Login

Logging in with a username and password is required for many Bugzilla installations, in order to search for private bugs, post new bugs, etc. This method allows you to retrieve a token that can be used as authentication for subsequent API calls. Otherwise yuou will need to pass your login and password with each call.

This method will be going away in the future in favor of using API keys.

Request

GET /rest/login?login=foo@example.com&password=toosecrettoshow
name type description
login string The user's login name.
password string The user's password.
restrict_login boolean If set to a true value, the token returned by this method will only be valid from the IP address which called this method.

Response

{
  "token": "786-OLaWfBisMY",
  "id": 786
}
name type description
id int Numeric ID of the user that was logged in.
token string Token which can be passed in the parameters as authentication in other calls. The token can be sent along with any future requests to the webservice, for the duration of the session, i.e. til Logout is called.

Errors

  • 300 (Invalid Username or Password) The username does not exist, or the password is wrong.
  • 301 (Login Disabled) The ability to login with this account has been disabled. A reason may be specified with the error.
  • 305 (New Password Required) The current password is correct, but the user is asked to change their password.
  • 50 (Param Required) A login or password parameter was not provided.

6.1.13.2. Logout

Log out the user. Basically it invalidates the token provided so it cannot be re-used. Does nothing if the token is not in use. Will also clear any existing authentication cookies the client may still have stored.

Request

GET /rest/logout?token=1234-VWvO51X69r
name type description
token string The user's token used for authentication.

6.1.13.3. Valid Login

This method will verify whether a client's cookies or current login token is still valid or have expired. A valid username that matches must be provided as well.

Request

GET /rest/valid_login?login=foo@example.com&token=1234-VWvO51X69r
name type description
login string The login name that matches the provided cookies or token.
token string Persistent login token currently being used for authentication.

Response

Returns true/false depending on if the current token is valid for the provided username.

6.1.13.4. Create User

Creates a user account directly in Bugzilla, password and all. Instead of this, you should use Offer Account by Email when possible because that makes sure that the email address specified can actually receive an email. This function does not check that. You must be authenticated and be in the editusers group to perform this action.

Request

POST /rest/user
{
  "email" : "user@bugzilla.org",
  "full_name" : "Test User",
  "password" : "K16ldRr922I1"
}
name type description
login string The login name for the new user. Ignored if the use_email_as_login parameter is true.
email string The email address for the new user.
full_name string The user's full name. Will be set to empty if not specified.
password string The password for the new user account, in plain text. It will be stripped of leading and trailing whitespace. If blank or not specified, the new created account will exist in Bugzilla but will not be allowed to log in using DB authentication until a password is set either by the user (through resetting their password) or by the administrator.

Response

{
  "id": 58707
}
name type desciption
id int The numeric ID of the user that was created.

Errors

  • 502 (Password Too Short) The password specified is too short. (Usually, this means the password is under three characters.)

History

The login parameter has been added in Bugzilla 6.0.

6.1.13.5. Update User

Updates an existing user account in Bugzilla. You must be authenticated and be in the editusers group to perform this action.

If you are not in the editusers group, you may add or remove users from groups if you have bless permissions for the groups you wish to modify. All other changes will be ignored.

Request

PUT /rest/user/(id_or_name)

You can edit a single user by passing the ID or login name of the user in the URL. To edit more than one user, you can specify addition IDs or login names using the ids or names parameters respectively.

name type description
id_or_name mixed Either the ID or the login name of the user to update.
ids array Additional IDs of users to update.
names array Additional login names of users to update.
full_name string The new name of the user.
email string The email of the user. Also note that you can only update one user at a time when changing the login name / email. (An error will be thrown if you try to update this field for multiple users at once.)
password string The password of the user.
email_enabled boolean A boolean value to enable/disable sending bug-related mail to the user.
login_denied_text string A text field that holds the reason for disabling a user from logging into Bugzilla. If empty, then the user account is enabled; otherwise it is disabled/closed.
groups object These specify the groups that this user is directly a member of. To set these, you should pass an object as the value. The object's items are described in the Groups update objects below.
bless_groups object This is the same as groups but affects what groups a user has direct membership to bless that group. It takes the same inputs as groups.

Groups and bless groups update object:

name type description
add array The group IDs or group names that the user should be added to.
remove array The group IDs or group names that the user should be removed from.
set array Integers or strings which are an exact set of group IDs and group names that the user should be a member of. This does not remove groups from the user when the person making the change does not have the bless privilege for the group.

If you specify set, then add and remove will be ignored. A group in both the add and remove list will be added. Specifying a group that the user making the change does not have bless rights will generate an error.

Response

  • users: (array) List of user change objects with the following items:
name type description
id int The ID of the user that was updated.
changes object

The changes that were actually done on this user. The keys are the names of the fields that were changed, and the values are an object with two items:

  • added: (string) The values that were added to this field, possibly a comma-and-space-separated list if multiple values were added.
  • removed: (string) The values that were removed from this field, possibly a comma-and-space-separated list if multiple values were removed.

Errors

  • 51 (Bad Login Name) You passed an invalid login name in the "names" array.
  • 304 (Authorization Required) Logged-in users are not authorized to edit other users.

6.1.13.6. Get User

Gets information about user accounts in Bugzilla.

Request

To get information about a single user in Bugzilla:

GET /rest/user/(id_or_name)

To get multiple users by name or ID:

GET /rest/user?names=foo@bar.com&name=test@bugzilla.org
GET /rest/user?ids=123&ids=321

To get user matching a search string:

GET /rest/user?match=foo

To get user by using an integer ID value or by using match, you must be authenticated.

name type description
id_or_name mixed An integer user ID or login name of the user.
ids array Integer user IDs. Logged=out users cannot pass this parameter to this function. If they try, they will get an error. Logged=in users will get an error if they specify the ID of a user they cannot see.
names array Login names.
match array

This works just like "user matching" in Bugzilla itself. Users will be returned whose real name or login name contains any one of the specified strings. Users that you cannot see will not be included in the returned list.

Most installations have a limit on how many matches are returned for each string; the default is 1000 but can be changed by the Bugzilla administrator.

Logged-out users cannot use this argument, and an error will be thrown if they try. (This is to make it harder for spammers to harvest email addresses from Bugzilla, and also to enforce the user visibility restrictions that are implemented on some Bugzillas.)

limit int Limit the number of users matched by the match parameter. If the value is greater than the system limit, the system limit will be used. This parameter is only valid when using the match parameter.
group_ids array Numeric IDs for groups that a user can be in.
groups array Names of groups that a user can be in. If group_ids or groups are specified, they limit the return value to users who are in any of the groups specified.
include_disabled boolean By default, when using the match parameter, disabled users are excluded from the returned results unless their full username is identical to the match string. Setting include_disabled to true will include disabled users in the returned results even if their username doesn't fully match the input string.

Response

  • users: (array) Each object describes a user and has the following items:
name type description
id int The unique integer ID that Bugzilla uses to represent this user. Even if the user's login name changes, this will not change.
real_name string The actual name of the user. May be blank.
email string The email address of the user.
name string The login name of the user.
can_login boolean A boolean value to indicate if the user can login into bugzilla.
email_enabled boolean A boolean value to indicate if bug-related mail will be sent to the user or not.
login_denied_text string A text field that holds the reason for disabling a user from logging into Bugzilla. If empty then the user account is enabled; otherwise it is disabled/closed.
groups array Groups the user is a member of. If the currently logged in user is querying their own account or is a member of the 'editusers' group, the array will contain all the groups that the user is a member of. Otherwise, the array will only contain groups that the logged in user can bless. Each object describes the group and contains the items described in the Group object below.
saved_searches array User's saved searches, each having the following Search object items described below.
saved_reports array User's saved reports, each having the following Search object items described below.

Group object:

name type description
id int The group ID
name string The name of the group
description string The description for the group

Search object:

name type description
id int An integer ID uniquely identifying the saved report.
name string The name of the saved report.
query string The CGI parameters for the saved report.

If you are not authenticated when you call this function, you will only be returned the id, name, and real_name items. If you are authenticated and not in 'editusers' group, you will only be returned the id, name, real_name, can_login, and groups items. The groups returned are filtered based on your permission to bless each group. The saved_searches and saved_reports items are only returned if you are querying your own account, even if you are in the editusers group.

Errors

  • 51 (Bad Login Name or Group ID) You passed an invalid login name in the "names" array or a bad group ID in the "group_ids" argument.
  • 52 (Invalid Parameter) The value used must be an integer greater than zero.
  • 304 (Authorization Required) You are logged in, but you are not authorized to see one of the users you wanted to get information about by user id.
  • 505 (User Access By Id or User-Matching Denied) Logged-out users cannot use the "ids" or "match" arguments to this function.
  • 804 (Invalid Group Name) You passed a group name in the "groups" argument which either does not exist or you do not belong to it.

6.1.13.7. Who Am I

Allows for validating a user's API key, token, or username and password. If sucessfully authenticated, it returns simple information about the logged in user.

Request

GET /rest/whoami

Response

{
  "id" : "1234",
  "name" : "user@bugzulla.org",
  "real_name" : "Test User",
}
name type description
id int The unique integer ID that Bugzilla uses to represent this user. Even if the user's login name changes, this will not change.
real_name string The actual name of the user. May be blank.
name string string The login name of the user.