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MANTIS is a free, open source bug tracking software. It can be used to track bug for various software projects.

You can easily download and install the Mantis for your use. Mantis now also provides a hosted version of the software.

Some salient features of Mantis are

  • Email notifications: It sends out emails of updates, comments, resolutions to the concerned stake holders.
  • Access Control: You can control user access at project level
  • Customize: You can easily customize Mantis as per your requirements.
  • Mobile Support: Mantis supports iPhone, Android and Windows Phone Platforms.
  • Plugins: An ever-expanding library of plugins to add custom functionality to Mantis.
 

In this tutorial we will learn

 

How to Report an Issue

Step 1) Log into Mantis

MANTIS Bug Tracker Tutorial For Beginners

Step 2) Once you login to Mantis your user-name will be displayed on the top of the Mantis main screen and now you can report your issue into the Mantis by clicking on the option "Report Issue" as shown below.  

MANTIS Bug Tracker Tutorial For Beginners  

Step 3) In the next Screen

  1. Enter Bug Category
  2. Enter Reproducibility
  3. Enter Severity
  4. Enter Priority
  5. Enter Platform Details
  6. Enter Summary of the Bug Report
  7. Enter Description
  8. Enter Steps to reproduce the error
  9. Click Submit Report
 

MANTIS Bug Tracker Tutorial For Beginners  

NOTE: The fields you see in your version of Mantis will defer. Refer our section on Custom Fields for the same.  

Step 4) After entering all the details in the report window, we will submit a report and soon our report will be displayed on the main window. As show in the screen-shot below, when you click on view issue, the issue will appear on the screen with the id "0017896" also, it shows the status as new and also the date when it was created.  

MANTIS Bug Tracker Tutorial For Beginners

The issues in the Mantis are highlighted according to the status of an issue. For example here the issue is in acknowledged status, therefore, highlighted in light orange.

MANTIS Bug Tracker Tutorial For Beginners

For different statuses different colors are allotted.  

Step 5) When you click on your issue #id 0017896, it will show the issue in more details like project reporter, its status, date submitted and last updated.  

MANTIS Bug Tracker Tutorial For Beginners  

Step 6) Apart from these, you can add a file, documents, images to your bug as shown below –

MANTIS Bug Tracker Tutorial For Beginners

Step 7) You can also add comments addressing your issue as shown in the screen-shot below.

MANTIS Bug Tracker Tutorial For Beginners

Step 8) You can click history at top of the Issue Report, to see issue history. This issue history has details like when the issue was created, or when the file was added to the issue or if there is any note added to the issue.  

MANTIS Bug Tracker Tutorial For Beginners

Step 9) Once the issue is submitted the developer receives an email.

MANTIS Bug Tracker Tutorial For Beginners  

How to Add a Project

 

Step 1) Under Manage Tab, go to Manage Projects

  1. Enter Project Name
  2. Select Status
  3. Enter Description
  4. Click Add Project

MANTIS Bug Tracker Tutorial For Beginners

Step 2) Project is created.

MANTIS Bug Tracker Tutorial For Beginners

How to Create a User

Step 1) Go to Manage > Manage Users. Click "Create New Account"

MANTIS Bug Tracker Tutorial For Beginners  

Step 2)

  1. Enter
  2. Username
  3. Real Name
  4. Email
  5. Access Level
  6. Click Create User

MANTIS Bug Tracker Tutorial For Beginners

Step 3) In the next screen assign user to the desired project.

MANTIS Bug Tracker Tutorial For Beginners

Step 3) Update Email and other Account Preferences as desired

MANTIS Bug Tracker Tutorial For Beginners

 Step 4) Login credentials are sent to the user on him email.

MANTIS Bug Tracker Tutorial For Beginners

How to Create Custom Field

Step 1)

  1. Go to Manage Custom Fields
  2. Enter Field Name
  3. Click Button "New Custom Field"

MANTIS Bug Tracker Tutorial For Beginners

Step 2)

  1. Select Field Type
  2. Enter Field Specific Data
  3. Hit Update Custom Field

MANTIS Bug Tracker Tutorial For Beginners  

Step 4) Custom Field is created

MANTIS Bug Tracker Tutorial For Beginners

Step 5) Click the Custom Field Again and Link Custom Field to your Project

MANTIS Bug Tracker Tutorial For Beginners

Step 6) In Report Issue section, the new custom field is reflected

MANTIS Bug Tracker Tutorial For Beginners