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Mantis Frequently Asked Questions


How do I customise Severities, Priorities and Statuses?

See Customising Enumerations in the Mantis manual.


Does Mantis provide a webservice interface?

See the MantisConnect project which provides a PHP webservice that can be used from any language that supports SOAP webservices. MantisConnect also includes client libraries for .NET, Java and Cocoa.

MantisConnect also includes sample applications that uses the provided client libraries to provide useful tools. This includes an Eclipse plug-in written in Java, a NAnt task to submit Mantis issues written in .NET, and many others.

MantisConnect now comes as part of the standard Mantis installation package and can be found under the '{$mantis_install_dir}/api/soap' directory. To see what functionality is currently provided via MantisConnect, check the WSDL available here.

Does Mantis provide an XML-RPC interface?

No, but it provides a SOAP webservice interface. See above reference to MantisConnect project.

Is there a Mantis version for Smart Phones / PDAs?

Yes, checkout MantisWAP. MantisWAP provides a very light weight interface for Mantis access through a smart phone or PDA. It is optimize for speed and minimization of consumed bandwidth.

Does Mantis integrate with XOOPS?

We are aware of two XOOPS Ports:

Does Mantis integrate with Geeklog?

Does Mantis integrate with Postnuke?

Does Mantis integrate with PHProject?

Does Mantis integrate with Joomla?

Does Mantis integrate with CVS?

Does Mantis integrate with Subversion?

Does Mantis integrate with Source Control tools?

Scmbug is a system that integrates software configuration management (SCM) with bug-tracking. It aims to be a universal tool that will glue any source code version control system (such as CVS, Subversion, and Arch) with any bug-tracking system (such as Bugzilla, Mantis, and Request Tracker).


How do I get help?

  • Use Mantis Forums or mantisbt-help at lists dot sourceforge dot net for posting questions. Our preference goes to the forums.
  • Use mantisbt-dev at lists dot sourceforge dot net for development related discussions.
  • Use Mantis Bug Tracker for reporting feature requests and bugs.
  • Use Mantis Manual comments to identify a problem with the documentation or to contribute hints that are ought to be part of the documentation.
  • Use mantisbt-lang at lists dot sourceforge dot net for discussions relating to localisation to a specific language.


How do I contribute patches?

  • If you are about to implement a major feature, it is strongly recommended to get in touch with the developers. Such interaction will make it much more likely that your mods be applied to Mantis distribution.
  • Patches should be attached to a Mantis Bug Tracker issue.
  • A patch should be attached as a single zip or .tar.gz file.
  • A patch should include a copy of all new files / modified files as well as a diff (patch) file (if possible).
  • A patch should only contain one feature. If a patch has a mixed bag of features, it makes it harder to understand and apply.
  • If you require feedback from developers relating to the patch, then post a message to mantisbt-dev at lists dot sourceforge dot net which refers to the issue including your patch. Ideally, the feedback will be added to the issue as notes. If not, then the patch owner should summarise the feedback as notes.
  • Fixes and updates to the patch should be attached to the same issue as should be marked clearly. With every attachment there should be a note that refers to the file name and specifies the updates done.
  • Join Mantis IRC channel for realtime discussions with developers.
  • Patches should following Mantis coding style.
  • Keep your patches up-to-date as new Mantis versions are released.

More details on the procedure in the Getting your Patches into Mantis page

How do I become a Mantis developer?

  • Contribute patches that follow the above guidelines.
  • Join the developers on the IRC channel.
  • Participate/Contribute to Mantis Forums.
  • Participate/Contribute to mailing lists.

How do I contribute localisation to a new language?

  • Use strings_english.txt as the basis for the new localisation file.
  • Consider using UTF8 encoding.
  • Submit an issue into the Mantis Bug Tracker and attach a compressed version of the file.

Migration to Mantis

Migration from Custom Bugtrackers

A lot of companies use a custom bug tracker that is built in-house. Obviously there won't be a standard script that can be used to import that. Hence, the way to approach this would be to export the data to a csv file then import it into Mantis. Use this Mantis patch which adds support for importing CSV files into the Mantis database.

Migration from Bugzilla to Mantis

Migration from GNATs to Mantis

See this issue for a Perl script that migrates GNATs data to Mantis.

Migration from Task Vision to Mantis

See this issue for a C# console application that migrates TaskVision to Mantis.

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