How to Configure

First, add a file named .config/bugwarrior/bugwarriorrc to your home folder. This file must include at least a [general] section including the following option:

  • targets: A comma-separated list of other section names to use as task sources.

Optional options include:

  • taskrc: Specify which TaskRC configuration file to use. By default, will use the system default (usually ~/.taskrc).
  • shorten: Set to True to shorten links.
  • inline_links: When False, links are appended as an annotation. Defaults to True.
  • annotation_links: When True will include a link to the ticket as an annotation. Defaults to False.
  • annotation_comments: When False skips putting issue comments into annotations. Defaults to True.
  • legacy_matching: Set to False to instruct Bugwarrior to match issues using only the issue’s unique identifiers (rather than matching on description).
  • log.level: Set to one of DEBUG, INFO, WARNING, ERROR, CRITICAL, or DISABLED to control the logging verbosity. By default, this is set to DEBUG.
  • log.file: Set to the path at which you would like logging messages written. By default, logging messages will be written to stderr.
  • annotation_length: Import maximally this number of characters of incoming annotations. Default: 45.
  • description_length: Use maximally this number of characters in the description. Default: 35.
  • merge_annotations: If False, bugwarrior won’t bother with adding annotations to your tasks at all. Default: True.
  • merge_tags: If False, bugwarrior won’t bother with adding tags to your tasks at all. Default: True.
  • static_fields: A comma separated list of attributes that shouldn’t be updated by bugwarrior. Use for values that you want to tune manually. Default: priority.

In addition to the [general] section, sections may be named [flavor.myflavor] and may be selected using the --flavor option to bugwarrior-pull. This section will then be used rather than the [general] section.

A more-detailed example configuration can be found at Example Configuration.

Common Service Configuration Options

All services support common configuration options in addition to their service-specific features. These configuration options are meant to be prefixed with the service name, e.g. github.add_tags, or gitlab.default_priority.

The following options are supported:

  • SERVICE.only_if_assigned: If set to a username, only import issues assigned to the specified user.
  • SERVICE.also_unassigned: If set to True and only_if_assigned is set, then also create tasks for issues that are not assigned to anybody. Defaults to False.
  • SERVICE.default_priority: Assign this priority (‘L’, ‘M’, or ‘H’) to newly-imported issues. Defaults to M.
  • SERVICE.add_tags: A comma-separated list of tags to add to an issue. In most cases, plain strings will suffice, but you can also specify templates. See the section Field Templates for more information.

Field Templates

By default, Bugwarrior will import issues with a fairly verbose description template looking something like this:

(BW)Issue#10 - Fix perpetual motion machine ..

but depending upon your workflow, the information presented may not be useful to you.

To help users build descriptions that suit their needs, all services allow one to specify a SERVICE.description_template configuration option, in which one can enter a one-line Jinja template. The context available includes all Taskwarrior fields and all UDAs (see section named ‘Provided UDA Fields’ for each service) defined for the relevant service.


Jinja templates can be very complex. For more details about Jinja templates, please consult Jinja’s Template Documentation.

For example, to pull-in Github issues assigned to @ralphbean, setting the issue description such that it is composed of only the Github issue number and title, you could create a service entry like this:

service = github
github.username = ralphbean
github.description_template = {{githubnumber}}: {{githubtitle}}

You can also use this tool for altering the generated value of any other Taskwarrior record field by using the same kind of template.

Uppercasing the project name for imported issues:

SERVICE.project_template = {{project|upper}}

You can also use this feature to override the generated value of any field. This example causes imported issues to be assigned to the ‘Office’ project regardless of what project was assigned by the service itself:

SERVICE.project_template = Office

Password Management

You need not store your password in plain text in your bugwarriorrc file; you can enter the following values to control where to gather your password from:

password = @oracle:use_keyring
Retrieve a password from the system keyring. The bugwarrior-vault command line tool can be used to manage your passwords as stored in your keyring (say to reset them or clear them). Extra dependencies must be installed with pip install bugwarrior[keyring] to enable this feature.
password = @oracle:ask_password
Ask for a password at runtime.
password = @oracle:eval:<command>
Use the output of <command> as the password. For instance, to integrate bugwarrior with the password manager pass you can use @oracle:eval:pass my/password.


Use hooks to run commands prior to importing from bugwarrior-pull. bugwarrior-pull will run the commands in the order that they are specified below.

To use hooks, add a [hooks] section to your configuration, mapping the hook you’d like to use with a comma-separated list of scripts to execute.

pre_import = /home/someuser/, /home/someuser/

Hook options:

  • pre_import: The pre_import hook is invoked after all issues have been pulled from remote sources, but before they are synced to the TW db. If your pre_import script has a non-zero exit code, the bugwarrior-pull command will exit early.


Add a [notifications] section to your configuration to receive notifications when a bugwarrior pull runs, and when issues are created, updated, or deleted by bugwarrior-pull:

notifications = True
backend = growlnotify
finished_querying_sticky = False
task_crud_sticky = True
only_on_new_tasks = True

Backend options:

Backend Name Operating System Required Python Modules
growlnotify MacOS X gntp
gobject Linux gobject


The finished_querying_sticky and task_crud_sticky options have no effect if you are using a notification backend other than growlnotify.

Configuration files

bugwarrior will look at the following paths and read its configuration from the first existing file in this order:

  • ~/.config/bugwarrior/bugwarriorrc
  • ~/.bugwarriorrc
  • /etc/xdg/bugwarrior/bugwarriorrc

The default paths can be altered using the environment variables BUGWARRIORRC, XDG_CONFIG_HOME and XDG_CONFIG_DIRS.

Environment Variables


This overrides the default RC file.


By default, bugwarrior looks for a configuration file named $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/bugwarrior/bugwarriorrc. If $XDG_CONFIG_HOME is either not set or empty, a default equal to $HOME/.config is used.


If it can’t find a user-specific configuration file (either $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/bugwarrior/bugwarriorrc or $HOME/.bugwarriorrc), bugwarrior looks through the directories in $XDG_CONFIG_DIRS for a configuration file named bugwarrior/bugwarriorrc. The directories in $XDG_CONFIG_DIRS should be separated with a colon ‘:’. If $XDG_CONFIG_DIRS is either not set or empty, a value equal to /etc/xdg is used.