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Bugzilla vs Redmine: What are the differences?

What is Bugzilla? Server software designed to help you manage software development. Bugzilla is a "Defect Tracking System" or "Bug-Tracking System". Defect Tracking Systems allow individual or groups of developers to keep track of outstanding bugs in their product effectively. Most commercial defect-tracking software vendors charge enormous licensing fees. Despite being "free", Bugzilla has many features its expensive counterparts lack.

What is Redmine? A flexible project management web application written using Ruby on Rails framework. Redmine is a flexible project management web application. Written using the Ruby on Rails framework, it is cross-platform and cross-database.

Bugzilla can be classified as a tool in the "Issue Tracking" category, while Redmine is grouped under "Project Management".

Some of the features offered by Bugzilla are:

  • Optimized database structure for increased performance and scalability
  • Excellent security to protect confidentiality
  • Advanced query tool that can remember your searches

On the other hand, Redmine provides the following key features:

  • Multiple projects support
  • Flexible role based access control
  • Flexible issue tracking system

Redmine is an open source tool with 3.41K GitHub stars and 1.86K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Redmine's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Redmine has a broader approval, being mentioned in 72 company stacks & 34 developers stacks; compared to Bugzilla, which is listed in 7 company stacks and 3 developer stacks.

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Pros of Bugzilla
Pros of Redmine
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    Open source
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    Easy to use
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    Open source
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    Customizable with themes and plugins
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    Powerful custom queries
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    Integration with code version control like git/svn
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    RESTful API
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    Customizable workflows
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    Integration with email clients
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    Support for MS SQL Server
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    Projects and groups separation
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    Time tracking, reports

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