Request Tracker
Original author(s)Jesse Vincent
Developer(s)Best Practical Solutions, LLC
Initial release13 October 1999; 24 years ago (1999-10-13)
Stable release
5.0.5[1] Edit this on Wikidata / 19 October 2023; 3 months ago (19 October 2023)
Written inPerl
Operating systemAny Unix-like
Available inMultiple Languages
TypeIssue tracking system

Request Tracker, commonly abbreviated to RT, is an open source tool for organizations of all sizes to track and manage workflows, customer requests, and internal project tasks of all sorts. With seamless email integration, custom ticket lifecycles, configurable automation, and detailed permissions and roles, Request Tracker began as ticket-tracking software written in Perl used to coordinate tasks and manage requests among an online community of users.

RT's first release in 1996 was written by Jesse Vincent, who later formed Best Practical Solutions LLC to distribute, develop, and support the package.[2] RT is open source (FOSS) and distributed under the GNU General Public License.[3]

Request Tracker for Incident Response (RTIR) is a special distribution of RT to fulfill the specific needs of CERT teams.[4] At this point, RTIR is, at once, a tool specific to incident management, a general purpose tool teams can use for other tasks, and also a tool that can—and very often is—a fully customized system built on layers of user integrations and user customizations.

It was initially developed in cooperation with JANET-CERT, and in 2006 was upgraded and expanded with joint funding from nine Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) in Europe.[5]


RT is written in Perl and runs on the Apache and lighttpd web servers using mod_perl or FastCGI with data stored in either MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle or SQLite. It is possible to extend the RT interface using plug-ins written in Perl.[2]


Jesse Vincent, while enrolled at Wesleyan University in 1994, worked for Wesleyan's computing help desk and was responsible for improving the help desk and residential networking software infrastructure. This task included setting up a ticketing system for the help desk. Initially he set up a Linux server to run "req",[6] but later he identified that the command line interface was limiting usage. Over the next two years he created and maintained WebReq, a web based interface for req written in Perl. Eventually the req portions were removed and what was left became RT version 1.0. A complete rewrite occurred for RT version 2.0 when Jesse started to work on RT full-time in 2001 and founded Best Practical Solutions. RT was used by Perl's CPAN, but because of declining use, a sunset date of March 1, 2021, was announced at the Perl NOC on December 4, 2020. will sunset on March 1st, 2021. Following a pushback from the developer community, a company was contracted to take over the hosting. to remain online.


An individual RT ticket in Request Tracker 5.

Organizations of all sizes use Request Tracker to track and manage workflows, customer requests, and internal project tasks of all sorts. Among other things, RT offers custom ticket lifecycles, seamless email integration, configurable automation, and detailed permissions and roles.

RT has many ways to highly customize creating and updating tickets, owners, dependencies, custom everything, and workflows. A web interface is available for both logged in users and guest/customer/end users. Template callbacks allow the modification of the software's web pages without requiring extensive knowledge.

Seamless email integration is another primary interface to RT and is often the only interface many guest users see. The email system includes support for auto-responses, attachments, and full customization of all the rules which govern email. Emails are stored in RT as correspondence on a ticket, and the software can make a distinction between public replies and private comments to show them as appropriate.

A basic REST-like API and a command-line tool are also provided as another way to interact with RT.


See also



  1. ^ "Release 5.0.5". 19 October 2023. Retrieved 20 October 2023.
  2. ^ a b Rich, Amy (June 2003). "RT: Request Tracker, Part 1". Sun Microsystems. Archived from the original on 2009-11-15.
  3. ^ "RT FAQ: What is RT?". Retrieved 2015-08-10. Request Tracker (RT) [...] is available under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).
  4. ^ "RTIR: RT for Incident Response". Retrieved 2015-08-10. ready out of the box for your CERT or CSIRT to use
  6. ^ Evard, Rémy (September 1994). "Managing the Ever-Growing To Do List". USENIX. Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  7. ^ "RTFM: The RT FAQ Manager". Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  8. ^ "GitHub - bestpractical/rt-extension-nhd". GitHub. 2011-08-10. Retrieved 2016-05-06.