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A Django application to manage tickets for an internal helpdesk. Formerly known as Jutda Helpdesk.
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django-helpdesk - A Django powered ticket tracker for small enterprise.

Copyright 2009-11 Jutda and Ross Poulton. All Rights Reserved. See LICENSE for details.

django-helpdesk was formerly known as Jutda Helpdesk, named after the company who originally created it. As of January 2011 the name has been changed to reflect what it really is: a Django-powered ticket tracker with contributors reaching far beyond Jutda.

Complete documentation is available in the docs/ directory, or online at

You can see a demo installation at


See the file 'LICENSE' for licensing terms. Note that django-helpdesk is distributed with 3rd party products which have their own licenses. See LICENSE.3RDPARTY for license terms for included packages.

Dependencies (pre-flight checklist)

  1. Python 2.6+
  2. Django (1.4 or newer)
  3. South for database migrations (highly recommended, but not required). Download from
  4. An existing WORKING Django project with database etc. If you cannot log into the Admin, you won't get this product working.
  5. pip install django-bootstrap-form and add bootstrapform to settings.INSTALLED_APPS
  6. pip install django-markdown-deux and add markdown_deux to settings.INSTALLED_APPS
  7. pip install email-reply-parser to get smart email reply handling

NOTE REGARDING SQLITE AND SEARCHING: If you use sqlite as your database, the search function will not work as effectively as it will with other databases due to its inability to do case-insensitive searches. It's recommended that you use PostgreSQL or MySQL if possible. For more information, see this note in the Django documentation:

When you try to do a keyword search using sqlite, a message will be displayed to alert you to this shortcoming. There is no way around it, sorry.

NOTE REGARDING MySQL: If you use MySQL, with most default configurations you will receive an error when creating the database tables as we populate a number of default templates in languages other than English.

You must create the database the holds the django-helpdesk tables using the UTF-8 collation; see the MySQL manual for more information:

If you do NOT do this step, and you only want to use English-language templates, you can continue however you will receive a warning when running the 'migrate' commands.

Fresh Django Installations

If you're on a brand new Django installation, make sure you do a syncdb before adding helpdesk to your INSTALLED_APPS. This will avoid errors with trying to create User settings.

Upgrading from previous versions

We highly recommend that you use South (available from to assist with management of database schema changes.

If you are upgrading from a previous version that did NOT use South for migrations (i.e. prior to April 2011) then you will need to 'fake' the first migration:

python migrate helpdesk 0001 --fake

If you are upgrading from a previous version of django-helpdesk that DID use South, simply download an up to date version of the code base (eg by using git pull or pip install --upgrade django-helpdesk) then migrate the database:

python migrate helpdesk --db-dry-run # DB untouched
python migrate helpdesk

Lastly, restart your web server software (eg Apache) or FastCGI instance, to ensure the latest changes are in use.

You can continue to the 'Initial Configuration' area, if needed.


pip install django-helpdesk

For further installation information see docs/install.html and docs/configuration.html


If you want to help translate django-helpdesk into languages other than English, we encourage you to make use of our Transifex project.

Feel free to request access to contribute your translations.

Pull requests for all other changes are welcome. We're currently trying to add test cases wherever possible, so please continue to include tests with pull requests.
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