Allura - Features

Allura is a forge rethought, reimplemented, and rejuvenated. Here’s some of the things that you’ll find in Allura

Issue Tracking

Issue tracking in Allura has been rethought from the ground up. We use our own issue tracking in developing Allura itself (Allura is completely self-hosted!) so we’re forced to think through the process on a daily basis.

  • Tickets (and all other Allura tools) let you use markdown for formatting, and attach files.

Ticket with attachment

  • You can organize tickets with milestones, custom fields, and labels


  • In addition to simple search, an advanced search syntax is available. Favorite searches can be saved for frequent use.


  • Threaded discussion on tickets
  • Subscribe to tracker updates through email or rss
  • Links and backlinks to other artifacts throughout your project (all of our tools have this)

Threaded Discussion Forums

threaded discussion

Discussion forums are a standard tool, and are the communication hub of many projects.

  • Subscribe to forums by email or rss
  • Reply to forum posts by email
  • Project admins can moderate discussion posts

moderation settings

  • Spam bot protection
  • Allow anonymous posting, only logged in users, or even a specific list of users
  • If you prefer, your project can have a traditional mailing list
  • Blog tool with threaded discussion
  • Set posts to draft mode while working on them
  • Full threaded discussion on blog posts, linking to other artifacts, and markdown formatting just like other tools
  • Users can be mentioned in discussions and artifacts

user mentions autocomplete

Code Repository

Of course the heart of your Open Source project is the source code, and this is an area where we really shine.

  • Host code with git, Mercurial (hg), or Subversion (svn)
  • Browser-based code browsing
    code browsing

  • Link commits to tickets and other artifacts
    link to artifact

  • View color-coded commit diffs
    diff view

  • Forking and merge requests with git and hg

  • View commit history as a graph


Helping your users use your product is as important as making it in the first place. So we offer several different ways to create your documentation. We start with a wiki, but you can install and use any tools that you want in your project web space.

  • Make wiki pages with markdown, attachments, threaded discussion, artifact linking
  • Syntax highlighting for code snippets
  • Browse wiki pages by name or tags
  • Custom wiki macros make common tasks easier
    • blog post list
    • download button
    • project screenshot list


Your users can provide a feedback of your project with star ratings and review comments.
A weighted average value of the ratings of all users is displayed for your project.

And, it’s Open Source

And, as if all of that wasn’t enough, Allura is Open Source, and released under the Apache license. You can download it, host your own forge, and make enhancements to the code. We would love to have you participate in setting the course of future Allura development. If you’re a Python programmer, designer, UI/UX expert, or have any other skills that you can contribute to the effort, jump in and get busy.


Tickets: #5506
Wiki: Home