2.8. 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 a number of tabs, detailed in the sections below.

2.8.1. General Preferences

This tab allows you to change several default settings of Bugzilla. Administrators have the power to remove preferences from this list, so you may not see all the preferences available.

Each preference should be self-explanatory.

2.8.2. 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, assignee, QA contact (if enabled) or CC list member.

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 uncheck 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 User 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.

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.

Lastly, you can define a list of bugs on which you no longer wish to receive any email, ever. (You can also add bugs to this list individually by checking the "Ignore Bug Mail" checkbox on the bug page for that bug.) This is useful for ignoring bugs where you are the reporter, as that's a role it's not possible to stop having.

2.8.3. Saved Searches

On this tab you can view and run any Saved Searches that you have created, and 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 they are 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.

2.8.4. Account Information

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.

2.8.5. API Keys

API keys allow you to give a "token" to some external software so it can log in to the WebService API as you without knowing your password. You can then revoke that token if you stop using the web service, and you don't need to change your password everywhere.

You can create more than one API key if required. Each API key has an optional description which can help you record what it is used for.

On this page, you can unrevoke, revoke and change the description of existing API keys for your login. A revoked key means that it cannot be used. The description is optional and purely for your information.

You can also create a new API key by selecting the checkbox under the 'New API key' section of the page.

2.8.6. Permissions

This is an informational page which outlines your current permissions on this installation of Bugzilla.

A complete list of available permissions in a default install of Bugzilla is below. Your administrator may have defined other permissions. Only users with the editusers permission can change the permissions of other users.

User is an administrator, which (in normal circumstances) means they can do anything.
Permits user to change administration Parameters, and to enable, disable and change the default value of General Preferences.
Permits user to impersonate and perform actions as other users. This is useful for admins to reproduce problems with Bugzilla, such as permissions problems, that other users see.
Indicates user cannot be impersonated by other users who have the bz_sudoers permission.
Permits user to create, delete and edit permission groups.
Permits user to create, delete and edit classifications.

Permits user to create, delete and edit products, components, versions, milestones and flag types.

This capability can also be given on a per-product basis.

Permits user to create, delete and edit keywords.
Permits user to create, disable and edit users.

Permits user to confirm a bug (move it from UNCONFIRMED to another status).

This permission is only used if you are using the UNCONFIRMED status in any products. The editbugs permission implies this permission.

This capability can also be given on a per-product basis.


Permits user to edit all fields on a bug. Without this permission, users can only edit bugs where they are the reporter or the assignee, or add comments.

This capability can also be given on a per-product basis.

Permits user to configure whine reports to be sent to themselves.
Permits user to configure whine reports to be sent to other users.
Permits user to moderate the list of quips (pithy sayings at the top of bug lists).