Trac - GitHub integration
This Trac plugin performs three functions:
- update the local git mirror used by Trac after each push to GitHub, and notify the new changesets to Trac;
- authenticate users with their GitHub account;
- replace Trac's built-in browser by GitHub's.
The notification of new changesets is strictly equivalent to the command described in Trac's setup guide:
trac-admin TRAC_ENV changeset added ...
Each feature is implemented in its own component and can be enabled or disabled (almost) independently.
trac-github requires Trac >= 0.12 and the git plugin.
pip install -e git://github.com/hvr/trac-git-plugin.git#egg=TracGit-dev
Then install trac-github itself:
pip install trac-github
Warning: the commands below are provided for illustrative purposes. You'll have to adapt them to your setup.
tracext.github.GitHubPostCommitHook implements a post-commit hook called
by GitHub after each push.
First, you need a mirror of your GitHub repository, writable by the webserver, for Trac's use:
cd /home/trac git clone --mirror git://github.com/<user>/<project>.git chown -R www-data:www-data <project>.git
Ensure that the user under which your web server runs can update the mirror:
su www-data git --git-dir=/home/trac/<project>.git remote update --prune
Now edit your
trac.ini as follows to configure both the git and the
[components] tracext.github.GitHubPostCommitHook = enabled tracopt.ticket.commit_updater.* = enabled tracopt.versioncontrol.git.* = enabled [github] repository = <user>/<project> [trac] repository_dir = /home/trac/<project>.git repository_type = git
In Trac 0.12, use
tracext.git.* = enabled instead of
tracopt.versioncontrol.git.* = enabled.
tracopt.ticket.commit_updater.* activates the commit ticket
updater. It isn't
required, but it's the most useful feature enabled by trac-github.
Reload the web server and your repository should appear in Trac.
Browse to the home page of your project in Trac and append
/github to the
URL. You should see the following message:
Endpoint is ready to accept GitHub notifications.
This is the URL of the endpoint.
If you get a Trac error page saying "No handler matched request to /github" instead, the plugin isn't installed properly. Make sure you've followed the installation instructions correctly and search Trac's logs for errors.
Now go to your project's settings page on GitHub. In the "Webhooks & Services" tab, click "Add webhook". Put the URL of the endpoint in the "Payload URL" field and set the "Payload version" to application/vnd.github.v3+json. Then click "Add webhook".
If you click on the webhook you just created, at the bottom of the page, you should see that a "ping" payload was successufully delivered to Trac
tracext.github.GitHubLoginModule provides authentication through
GitHub's OAuth API. It obtains users' names and email addresses after a
successful login if they're public and saves them in the preferences.
To use this module, your Trac instance must be served over HTTPS. This is a requirement of the OAuth2 standard.
Go to your accounts's settings page on GitHub. In the "Application" tab, click
"Register new application" and fill in the form. The "Authorization callback
URL", put the URL of the homepage of your project in Trac, starting with
https://, and append
/github/oauth. In other words, this is the URL of the
endpoint you used above plus
/oauth. Then click "Register application".
You're redirected to your newly created application's page, which provides a Client ID and a Client Secret.
Now edit edit
trac.ini as follows:
[components] trac.web.auth.LoginModule = disabled tracext.github.GitHubLoginModule = enabled [github] client_id = <your Client ID> client_secret = <your Client Secret>
This example disables
trac.web.auth.LoginModule. Otherwise different users
could authenticate with the same username through different systems!
If it's impractical to set the Client ID and Client Secret in the Trac configuration file, you have some alternatives:
client_secretis an hexadecimal value, trac-github will use it as is.
client_secretis an uppercase value, trac-github will use the content of the corresponding environment variable as client secret.
client_secretis anything else, trac-github will interpret it as a file name and use the contents of that file as client secret.
tracext.github.GitHubBrowser replaces Trac's built-in browser by
redirecting to the corresponding pages on GitHub. It depends on the
To enable it, edit
trac.ini as follows:
[components] trac.versioncontrol.web_ui.browser.BrowserModule = disabled trac.versioncontrol.web_ui.changeset.ChangesetModule = disabled trac.versioncontrol.web_ui.log.LogModule = disabled tracext.github.GitHubBrowser = enabled
Since it replaces standard URLs of Trac, you must disable three components in
trac.versioncontrol.web_ui, as shown above.
By default, trac-github notifies all commits to Trac. But you may not wish to trigger notifications for commits on experimental branches until they're merged, for example.
You can configure trac-github to only notify commits on some branches:
[github] branches = master
You can provide more than one branch name, and you can use shell-style wildcards:
[github] branches = master stable/*
This option also restricts which branches are shown in the timeline.
Besides, trac-github uses relies on the 'distinct' flag set by GitHub to prevent duplicate notifications when you merge branches.
If you have multiple repositories, you must tell Trac how they're called on GitHub:
[github] repository = <user>/<project> # default repository <reponame>.repository = <user>/<project> # for each extra repository <reponame>.branches = <branches> # optional
When you configure the webhook URLs, append the name used by Trac to identify the repository:
If you're deploying trac-github on a private Trac instance to manage private repositories, you have to take a few extra steps to allow Trac to pull changes from GitHub. The trick is to have Trac authenticate with a SSH key referenced as a deployment key on GitHub.
All the commands shown below must be run by the webserver's user, eg www-data:
$ su www-data
Generate a dedicated SSH key with an empty passphrase and obtain the public key:
$ ssh-keygen -f ~/.ssh/id_rsa_trac $ cat ~/.ssh/id_rsa_trac.pub
Make sure you've obtained the public key (
.pub). It should begin with
ssh-rsa. If you're seeing an armored blob of data, it's the private key!
Go to your project's settings page on GitHub. In the Deploy Keys tab, add the public key.
Edit the SSH configuration for the
$ vi ~/.ssh/config
Append the following lines:
Host github-trac Hostname github.com IdentityFile ~/.ssh/id_rsa_trac
Edit the git configuration for the repository:
$ cd /home/trac/<project>.git $ vi config
github.com in the
url parameter by the
Host value you've added
to the SSH configuration:
url = git@github-trac:<user>/<project>.git
Make sure the authentication works:
$ git remote update --prune
Since GitHub doesn't allow reusing SSH keys across repositories, you have to
generate a new key and pick a new
Host value for each new repository.
In a virtualenv, install the requirements:
pip install trac pip install coverage # if you want to run the tests under coverage pip install -e .
or, instead of
pip install trac:
pip install trac==0.12.4 pip install -e git://github.com/hvr/trac-git-plugin.git#egg=TracGit-dev
The version of PyGIT bundled with
trac-git-plugin doesn't work with
git binary shipped with OS X. To fix it, in the virtualenv, edit
src/tracgit/tracext/git/PyGIT.py and replace
_, _, version =
version = v.strip().split().
Run the tests with:
Display Trac's log during the tests with:
Run the tests under coverage with:
coverage erase ./runtests.py --with-coverage coverage html
If you put a breakpoint in the test suite, you can interact with Trac's web interface at http://localhost:8765/ and with the git repositories through the command line.
Once in a while, a notification doesn't appear in Trac.
Usually, that happens when Trac fails to find the commit that triggered the notification, even though it just synchronized the git repository with GitHub.
You can confirm that in your webhook's configuration page on GitHub. Scroll down to "Recent Deliveries" and look at the delivery that failed. In the "Response" tab, you should see a response body such as:
Running hook on (default) * Updating clone * Synchronizing with clone * Unknown commit ...
Simply click "Redeliver". Then missing notification should appear in Trac and the response body should change to:
Running hook on (default) * Updating clone * Synchronizing with clone * Adding commit ...
This problem isn't well understood. It may be related to Trac's access layer for git repositories. If you have an idea to fix it, please submit a patch!
- Add support for GitHub login.
- Adapt to GitHub's new webhooks.
When you upgrade from 1.x, you must change your webhooks settings on GitHub to use the application/vnd.github.v3+json format.
- Add support for cached repositories.
- Add support for multiple repositories.
- Add an option to restrict notifications to some branches.
- Try to avoid duplicate notifications (GitHub doesn't document the payload).
- Use GitHub's generic webhook URLs.
- Use a git mirror instead of a bare clone.
- Public release.
This plugin is released under the BSD license.
It was initially written for Django's Trac.