The Bug Genie

From LIMSWiki
Jump to navigationJump to search
The Bug Genie
BugGenie logo.jpg
Original author(s) Daniel A. Eikeland and Ray Jensen
Developer(s) The Bug Genie team
Initial release September 23, 2003; 19 years ago (2003-09-23)[1]
Stable release

4.3.1  (March 25, 2019; 4 years ago (2019-03-25))

Preview release none [±]
Written in PHP, JavaScript
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in English, French, German, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
Type Bug tracking software
Ticket tracking software
Project management software
License(s) Mozilla Public License v1.1

The Bug Genie is free open-source XAMPP-based bug tracking and project management software. Main functionality includes issue tracking, bug reporting, and project management, and it includes a feedback and publishing system as well.[2]

Product history

The Bug Genie was first called "Bugs - The Bug Genie" or simply BUGS. It was originally developed by Daniel A. Eikeland and Ray Jensen of Zegenie Studios, a small open-source software development company in Norway.[3][4] On September 5, 2003, a SourceForge project was started for the software[5], with its first release arriving as version 1.0 a few weeks later.[1] Zegenie Studios increased the web presence of the software when on November 15 it launched its website for the product.[4] Development steadily continued on the software until shortly after the March 23, 2005 announcement Ruffdogs — a North American-based Linux system strategy, support, and training company — had acquired the software from Zenegie.[3] A release candidate for version 1.7 was released 12 days later[1].

Ruffdogs released a few more updates for BUGS on SourceForge — 1.7.1 on July 4, 2005[6] and 1.7.2 on July 9, 2006[1] — before being acquired by business development company Holonyx, Inc. on March 1, 2007.[7][8][9] The new entity Holonyx Ruffdogs continued the open-source tradition with the software as co-developers of the BUGS software.[10]

Upon joining Holonyx, Ruffdogs spent the next two years putting out a few minor releases (in the forms of 1.8 and 1.9) while ultimately working towards releasing a major update in version 2.0, released to SourceForge on January 2, 2009.[11] The new 2.0 version featured improved user management, search functionality, messaging, and issue reporting.[12] Shortly after, sometime between the 2.0.1 and 2.0.4 releases in early 2009, the name of the software changed simply to "The Bug Genie."[11] Version 3.0 was released on January 31, 2011, featuring integrated project management tools and an integrated wiki.[13]


The primary features of The Bug Genie include[2][14]:

  • issue tracking
  • project management
  • integrated wiki
  • version control integration
  • customizable workflow
  • changeable interface
  • RSS support
  • command line tools
  • JSON API support

Hardware/software requirements

An installation of The Bug Genie requires:

  • a web server, with URL rewriting capabilities
  • PHP version 7.0.0 or later
  • MySQL 5.0 or greater or PostgreSQL 8.2 or greater
  • the PHP gmp extension
  • the PHP gd and imap extensions for statistics and e-mail support

Consult the FAQ for more information.

Videos, screenshots, and other media

  • A few demonstration videos (circa 2009) can be found on YouTube.
  • Screenshots of The Bug Genie can be found on Softpedia.
  • The Bug Genie live demo can be found here.

Entities using The Bug Genie

Further reading

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "The Bug Genie Home / Archive / 1.x". SourceForge. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Popov, Dmitri (3 August 2010). "Debug & fix software with help from The Bug Genie". Linux User & Developer. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Ruffdogs Acquires BUGS". PRWeb. 23 March 2005. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Zegenie Studios". Zegenie Studios. 8 April 2004. Archived from the original on 08 April 2004. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  5. "The Bug Genie". SourceForge. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  6. "Diff of /www-apps/bugs-bug-genie/ChangeLog". Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  7. Bastian, Kristen (30 March 2007). "Ruffdogs joins consultants in Holonyx kennel". Holonyx, Inc. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  8. Acott, Garret (16 June 2007). "Ruffdogs-Holonyx". Simple Machines. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  9. Acott, Garret (27 December 2007). "Why I release software under the GPL". Ubuntu Forums. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  10. "Holonyx - Software Development". Holonyx, Inc. 24 April 2009. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 "The Bug Genie Home / Archive / 2.x". SourceForge. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  12. "BUGS 2 Released". Ruffdogs. 5 January 2009. Archived from the original on 08 February 2009. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  13. "The Bug Genie 3.0 Released". The Bug Genie development team. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  14. "The Bug Genie - Loved Features". The Bug Genie development team. Retrieved 31 May 2019.