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YouTrack 2018.2 is Released!

Please welcome YouTrack 2018.2!


YouTrack 2018.2 introduces a new Projects page, YouTrack Docker Image, a redesigned Issue Creation page as an experimental feature, and other improvements.

New features:

  • New Projects Page
  • YouTrack Docker Image
  • SAML Authentication
  • Throttling by Login
  • Personal Data Management


  • Flat List View for Backlog Issues
  • Explicit Sorting for Cards on Agile Boards
  • Value-based and Start Date Constraints for Gantt Charts
  • New Sort Options for Sets of Values in Custom Fields
  • Attaching Files to Comments
  • “Looks like” Search
  • Option to Mute Update Notifications for On-schedule Rules in Workflows
  • Workflow-free Option to Require Input for Custom Fields
  • New Search Keywords for Released and Archived Versions
  • Groups and Teams
  • Cloning Roles
  • Common Settings for Auth Modules
  • Attribute Configuration for SAML Service Providers
  • Redesigned Issue Creation Page as an Experimental Feature

New Projects Page

YouTrack 2018.2 comes with a fully redesigned Projects page to give you a more helpful way to view the projects you’re interested in. You can now mark projects as favorites and see them right at the top of the page. Click the settings icon to jump straight to pages and actions that are supported by the connected services.


YouTrack Docker Image

The Docker image that was previously published on an experimental basis is now available for use in a production environment. Pull the image from the repository and run it as a new installation or migrate your current YouTrack service to run in a Docker container.


SAML Authentication

This authentication module lets you configure YouTrack as a SAML service provider. This lets users log in to YouTrack with credentials from a third-party SAML identity provider.


Throttling by Login

The IP-based throttling feature has been replaced with the option to apply rate limits to failed login attempts per login. When used together with a reCAPTCHA challenge, this feature protects your installation from brute-force attacks without blocking users who have simply forgotten their passwords.


Personal Data Management

We’ve added new options that help you comply with requests from users who want to access or erase their personal data.


Updates and Enhancements

Flat List View for Backlog Issues

Starting with YouTrack 2018.2, there are two view modes available in the backlog on your agile boards. You can now switch between a tree view and a flat list of issues.


Previously, only a tree view was available, which displays issues in a hierarchical list where subtasks are nested in a tree structure. The new view displays issues as a flat list, so that only issues that match the saved search are shown. Use this feature to manage only the issues in your backlog that have no dependencies.

Explicit Sorting for Cards on Agile Boards

You can now enter a sorting order in the query settings or filter for an agile board so that the cards are sorted by the specified attribute automatically. For example, if you always want the issues on the board sorted by priority, enter ‘sort by: priority’ in the settings. Please note that when the search query in the board settings includes a sort attribute, manual sorting is disabled.


Value-based and Start Date Constraints for Gantt Charts

New options for Gantt Chart reports let you add two new constraints that are based on the values in custom fields. This lets you apply constraints based on the number of assignees in your project and a field that stores a start date.


New Sort Options for Sets of Values in Custom Fields

For most custom field types, you now have the option to sort values by secondary properties. In addition to sorting values automatically by name, you can sort builds by version or assemble date, and sort versions by version or release date. When the values in the custom fields are sorted, you can use these sorting options in the search.


Attaching Files to Comments

Instead of attaching all files to an issue, you can attach files directly to comments. This feature helps teams that work with documents or design prototypes locate the latest versions faster.


“Looks like” Search

We have extended the search query language to include a search term that returns issues that are similar to a specified issue. This lets you find similar issues in the search overlay in the redesigned view for single issues.


Option to Mute Update Notifications for On-schedule Rules in Workflows

We’ve added a new parameter for on-schedule rules which lets you update issues in the background on a set schedule, without sending notifications for issue updates.

Workflow-free Option to Require Input for Custom Fields

Before the option to require input without a default value, the only way to make a field mandatory was to use a workflow. Starting from YouTrack 2018.2 you can configure custom fields to require a selection without using an empty value or writing a workflow.


New Search Keywords for Released and Archived Versions

When you search for issues by fix version or build, you can now use keywords that return versions that are released or archived.


Groups and Teams

New views on the Groups page show you a list of project teams and a mixed mode that shows both groups and teams. We also added an action on this page that lets you merge a group into a project team.


Cloning Roles

A new Clone option lets you create a new role with a set of permissions that is identical to an existing role, then add or remove permissions as desired.


Common Settings for Auth Modules

All authentication-related settings have moved from the Global Settings page to a new Common Settings page for all authentication modules. This page also contains configuration options for the new login-based throttling feature and the input fields for connecting to Google reCAPTCHA.

Attribute Configuration for SAML Service Providers

When using YouTrack as a SAML identity provider, you now have the option to specify the names of the attributes for user login, full name, and email address that are passed to the SAML service provider.

Experimental features

Redesigned Issue Creation Page

The Create Issue page gets a facelift with the same polish and presentation that we delivered with the redesigned view for single issues. To use a new Issue Create Page, enable the feature on Feature Configuration page.

Apart from the general UI improvements, the new create issue page has improved the following functionality:

  1. A project selector is now located in the header.
  2. The drafts drop-down has been significantly improved:
  • View which drafts have tags and attachments.
  • Click the Create link to immediately create an issue from the draft.
  • Click the Delete all button to remove all unreported drafts.

If this sounds good, give YouTrack 2018.2 a try!

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We highly appreciate all your feedback, so please share it with us in the comment section below.

For more details about the release, please see the Release Notes. To learn more about configuring the new features, check the latest documentation.

If you are using YouTrack in the cloud, your instance will be upgraded to the latest version automatically according to our Maintenance Calendar.

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