Wrapper extension ot the FogBugz XML API Python interface with type conversion and json support
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fogbugz-orm - FogBugz ORM wrapper around the FogBugz XML API

This is a python interface to the FogBugz XML API FogBugz (http://www.fogcreek.com/fogbugz/) issue tracker. It wraps the FogBugzPy python interface, which provides non-typed python binding via BeautifulSoup. As well as type conversion, this ORM interface provides direct JSON serialization of the FogBugz data using the jsontree module.


It is HIGHLY recommended that you use an SSL connection to the FogBugz server for secure authentication.

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Quick Start

Comparing FogBugzPy to FogBugz-ORM

Example code from FogBugzPy documentation:

resp = fb.search(cols="ixBug,sTitle")

for case in resp.cases.findAll('case'):
    print "%s: %s" % (case.ixbug.string,

Equivalent FogBugz-ORM code:

cases = fb.search(cols="ixBug,sTitle")

for case in cases:
    print "%d: %s" % (case.ixBug, case.sTitle)
  • You can access the array of cases directly as a list.
  • The column names are referred to in their proper mixed case matching the API as they must be for the cols argument; ixBug, sTitle.
  • The data is extracted and properly converted; ixBug is an integer, and sTitle is a UTF-8 converted string.

Get all the cases from the 'To Be Closed' filter and close them.

import fborm

### login form 1
fbo = fborm.FogBugzORM('https://hostname/', secret_token)

### Find the 'To Be Closed' filter
filters = fbo.listFilters()
for filt in filters:
    if filt.sName == 'To Be Closed':

### Set it as the current filter

### Get all cases in that filter
cases = fbo.search()

### Make sure they are closed
for case in cases:
    if not case.fOpen:
    if 'Active' in case.sStatus:

Create a new case

import fborm
import jsontree

### login form 2
fbo = fborm.FogBugzORM('https://hostname/', username=u, password=p)

bug = jsontree.jsontree()
bug.sCategory = 'Bug'
bug.sProject = 'My Project'
bug.sArea = 'Some Area'
bug.sTitle = 'The title of the bug'
bug.tags = ['tag1', 'tag2', 'tag3']
bug.sEvent = """
    Some nice long comment for the change being made

ixBug = fbo.new(bug)

List some data

import fborm

fbo = fborm.FogBugzORM('https://hostname/')
### login form 3
fbo.logon(username=u, password=p)

people = fbo.listPeople()
projects = fbo.listProjects()
areas = fbo.listAreas()
areas_in_proj = fbo.listProjects(ixProject=projects[0].ixProject)

### if you are using the CustomFields plugin
custom_field_names = fbo.listCustomFieldNames()

CustomFields Plugin Data

The CustomFields plugin allows you to add yor own elements to cases in FogBugz. These elements are added to the FogBugz XML API with a prefix and a unique magic string suffix. Also, any punctuation is transformed, so you will need to look up what your custom field is with :py:meth:`fborm.FogBugzORM.listCustomFieldNames`. Once you know that, you can simplify your code by setting a namemap for the returned data. This means that if you have multiple servers with the same CustomFields, they will have different names in the API. Having a per-server namemap greatly simplifies your code.

import fborm

### Mapping of code name to what it is in the FogBugz XML API.
custom_field_map = dict(
    sBranch = 'plugin_customfields_at_fogcreek_com_branchg83'

### fborm type mapping between the FogBugz XML API element to python type
### only list the items you want returned.
fbBugType = dict(
    ixBug = fborm.fbint,
    sTitle = fborm.fbstring,
    sBranch = fborm.fbstring,
    dtOpened = fborm.fbdatatime,

### supply a ``namemap`` for mapping custom fields to more friendly
### in code names.
fbo = fborm.FogBugzORM('https://hostname/', namemap=custom_field_map)
### login form 4
fbo.token = secret_token

### All the cases in the last week
bugs = fbo.search(q='opened:"This Week"', casetype=fbBugType)
for bug in bugs:
    print bug.ixBug, bug.sBranch, bug.dtOpened.isoformat(), bug.sTitle

    ### if it is for the 'feature_x' branch, set it to be 'feature_xy'
    if sBranch == 'feature_x':
        bug.sBranch = 'feature_xy'
        bug.sEvent = "The 'feature_x' branch was merged into 'feature_xy'"
        del bug['dtOpened'] # only admins can set this.
        fbo.edit(bug, fbBugType)