Bugzilla Tips

March 16, 2010

bugzilla.mozilla.org URL shorteners and shortcuts

Filed under: Uncategorized — gervmarkham @ 11:08 am

Fed up of typing https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=549867 ?

Firstly, it’s a great idea to set up a “bug” keyword in Firefox. So you can type (or, often more usefully, paste from an email) “bug 123456” into your URL bar and have the Right Thing happen. The URL you need is:


Right-click, select “Bookmark This Link” and type “bug” into the “keyword” box.

Secondly, the handily-named bugzil.la URL shortener permits e.g.:


http://bugzil.la/<some quicksearch string>

(Thanks to Reed for making that happen.) This is good if you are attempting to squeeze an important message into, say, 140 characters. In case anyone was wondering, “.la” is Laos.



  1. Rather than restricting the keyword search to only bug numbers, you can use Bugzilla’s quick search. This lets you do searches, but it will also automatically redirect to a specific bug if you enter a bug number. Just use:


    Comment by Blair McBride — March 16, 2010 @ 11:45 am

  2. I wonder whether it wouldn’t more useful for you to ask admins of bugzilla.mozilla.org to make a configuration change (using mod_rewrite) to do it automagically. See http://bugzilla.redhat.com/246932 to see what I mean.

    Comment by Matěj Cepl — March 16, 2010 @ 2:42 pm

  3. Matěj: hopefully one day we’ll have proper URLs like /bug/123456 which are also endpoints for a RESTful API :-)


    Comment by gervmarkham — March 16, 2010 @ 3:33 pm

  4. Even better, you can just use what bugzilla itself proposes you: go to bugzilla.mozilla.org, click on the search box dropdown button, then select ‘Add “Bugzilla@Mozilla”‘. Then “manage search engines” and add a keyword for Bugzilla@Mozilla.

    Comment by glandium — March 16, 2010 @ 4:11 pm

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