Arrange Fields in Trac Tickets

I was struggling one day to organize fields in the order I want when I create tickets in Trac.

  1. Copy templates/ticket.html into trac/myproject/templates/ticket.html
  2. Insert the following code snippet to the beginning of the template:
  3. <?python
      # define the order
      field_types = ["type", "priority", "milestone",  "keywords", "cc",  "component"]
      # Sorting function
      def sort_nicely(field1, field2):
            idx1 = field_types.index(field1['name'])
        except ValueError:
            idx1 = 1000 # no match, push to the end
            idx2 = field_types.index(field2['name'])
        except ValueError:
            idx2 = 1000 # no match, push to the end
        return cmp(idx1, idx2)

That’s it, if you have any custom fields and you want them ordered, put them into the field_types list.

35 Responses to “Arrange Fields in Trac Tickets”

  1. kaca Says:

    Hi, I copied this code into the templates/ticket.html and where I must call the sorting function when I want to order the fields for create new ticket?

  2. taroza Says:

    The above code already calls that function for you in the last line.

    The “fields” list comes from the templating engine and then it’s sorted according to the order in the “field_types” list.

  3. kaca Says:

    thanks, I copied, inserted code to the but any changes of the order my fields.

  4. taroza Says:

    Well, either you didn’t define “field_types” properly, or the code is not in the right ticket.html, or the old template is compiled and cached somewhere.

  5. kaca Says: it’s all right.
    Thank you very much

  6. Bangyou Zheng Says:

    Thank you very much. Your codes are wonderful.

  7. matteo Says:

    thanks for the good work and to make it available to all.
    I have found out that fields’ name have to be all lower case for this to work properly (I have custom fields).

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  11. ellen Says:

    I seem to be missing the default ticket.html, and have tired to google for it with out success, Could you post one here as well?

  12. ellen Says:

    found the file… looked in the wrong place, sorry. However I’m still only able to re-order cc fields, type etc, how about Description and Summary is it supposed to work for these too?

  13. Steve Says:

    Hi, This is a good fix, and I have used it successfully on a few projects we have here at However I don’t appear to be able to re-order summary or description either. I can can live with that however, and it is a useful add-on.

  14. ellen Says:

    Hmm, one more problem. Just noticed that after adding the ticket.html I’m not able to make any changes to the ticket due to “The ticket has been modified by someone else …”, something additional needed to be done when adding the ticket.html file in the tempalte directory?

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