Fresh Update for YouTrack 7.0 EAP (build 26630)

Welcome a fresh update for YouTrack 7.0 EAP (26630). This update brings Agile board and Dashboard bug fixes and improvements. For more details check the Release Notes.

It is important to distinguish EAP from traditional pre-release software. The quality of EAP versions may at times be way below even usual beta standards. If you are looking for a stable version of YouTrack, please, visit our site. Please note that once your instance is moved to YouTrack 7.0, it can’t be downgraded back to YouTrack 6.5.

Try YouTrack 7.0 EAP and enjoy all the goodies. Your feedback is very appreciated, please file a bug report to our issue tracker, or post a comment under this post.


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YouTrack 7.0 EAP Standalone build is out!

We are glad to let you know that YouTrack 7.0 EAP Standalone build is out!
YouTrack Inception EAP brings a lot of features and improvements, including new Agile Board, Gantt Chart, enhanced backlog, and more. Read about YouTrack Inception EAP or check out the release notes for the current build.


It is important to distinguish EAP from traditional pre-release software. The quality of EAP versions may at times be way below even usual beta standards. 

Download YouTrack 7.0 EAP build to enjoy all the features today. As always, your feedback is very appreciated, please file a bug report to our issue tracker, or post a comment under this post.

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Fresh YouTrack 7.0 EAP build (26198) is out!

We are glad to announce a fresh YouTrack 7.0 EAP (build 26198). This build brings a number of fixes for Backlog, Agile Board, JIRA import, and more. Check the full list of Release Notes for more details.


It is important to distinguish EAP from traditional pre-release software. The quality of EAP versions may at times be way below even usual beta standards. If you are looking for a stable version of YouTrack, please, visit our site. Please note that once your instance is moved to YouTrack 7.0, it can’t be downgraded back to YouTrack 6.5.

Try the latest YouTrack 7.0 EAP build and check all the brand new features and enhancements today. As always, your feedback is very appreciated, please file a bug report to our issue tracker, or post a comment under this post.

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YouTrack Inception EAP Is Open

We are thrilled to announce that YouTrack 7.0, code-named Inception, is now available to use as part of the EAP (Early Access Program).

Try YouTrack 7.0 EAP on our Sandbox instance, or move your newly registered InCloud instance to v7.0. Detailed instructions are provided at the end of this post.

So, what’s inside?

Agile Board Updates

We have thoroughly investigated the requests we received from our users, and implemented a lot of cool and useful features to do with the Agile Board.

The most important change is that Sprints are no longer treated as Fix version. With this new concept, you explicitly add cards to the board, and the connection between the issue and the board is no longer controlled by any custom field. If you prefer to keep the usual workflow, you can still set up synchronization between Sprints and Versions.

We’ve also moved on to a cleaner, smoother and more user-friendly look-and-feel. With the improved UI, it becomes easier to navigate the board and manage issues both on the board and in the backlog.


When it comes to Scrum, it is important to determine a Sprint goal so the whole team is focused on the same objective. It is now possible to define a Sprint goal in YouTrack. You can also automatically add new issues created in projects to the current sprint. This means that every time a new issue is created in any project included in the board, it will appear in the current sprint.


Working with issues


Issue drafts are now available on Agile Board. You can create drafts on a board in different columns and swimlanes, and YouTrack will save your draft even if you accidentally close the issue or close your browser. You can always find the full list of drafts on the full issue screen, even if they were created on the board.


Creating and editing issues

We’ve heard your wishes concerning issue layout on creating or editing screens, and we made it look more similar to the full issue screen. Now when you create or edit an issue on a board, more details are visible to you: you can edit some custom fields, edit issue visibility, and add an estimation value if time tracking is enabled in your project.


Backlog Management

Working with the product backlog is sometimes challenging. It may not always be easy to sort a list of random issues in an organized format or to modify them. So, we’ve simplified your work and made the backlog more similar to the full-features issue list, with filtering capability available.

You can now edit issues’ custom fields and details, filter issues, add subtasks, and use shortcuts and commands right in the backlog.

We are also working on a search box and a tree view inside the backlog. These will help you determine the viability of the product’s backlog and manage it better.


Live Updates

Teams that work on a board together usually experience difficulties with tracking updates, as users have to refresh the page every time to see the changes made on the board. To fix this, YouTrack 7.0 supports real-time updates of Agile boards. Move issues around freely, edit or modify them, and never waste your time on refreshing the page!


Gantt Chart

This is one of the most wanted features in the new version. Gantt charts are very important for those who care about planning, as they allow you to plan project tasks on a timeline, follow the progress and show where your project will likely be at a certain point in time. In YouTrack, Gantt chart creates a plan for a set of tasks to be accomplished over time. There are several options to set up the Gantt chart based on your specific requirements; you can add several projects into one chart, determine the query, and define parent and subtasks tree depth.

To create a report, YouTrack gets the estimation, spent time and dependency links that are pre-filled in the issues by users. By default, Gantt chart uses finish-to-start dependency, which means that all predecessor tasks must be finished before tasks that depend on them can be started. If dependency links are not used in tasks, they will be included in the chart as parallel tasks. Gantt chart also calculates the remaining effort of the tasks, depending on time spent and estimation values.

There are several options to provide you with the best plan for the work to be completed faster. If you have unlimited resources and don’t need to limit capacity, then the Gantt chart will provide you with the optimized plan to finish all issues as soon as possible, according to their dependency links only.

However, more likely you have limited resources and need to specify the max number of issues you can work on simultaneously. In this case you set the capacity value and choose one of the sorting options:

  • Optimized — attempts to order issues in a sequence that results in the shortest total duration.
  • Sort by a custom field. For example, priority, start date, due date etc.
  • Custom order (backlog). In this case the Gantt chart will plan the issues according to the order you’ve set manually in a saved search.

Once you configure your project according to the guidelines, you can create and share the Gantt chart with your team(s).


Project Templates

You can now select a project type that matches your needs. There are three types of projects available in YouTrack: Default, Scrum and Kanban, each pre-configured with project settings that vary depending on project specifics. For example, when you create a Scrum project, you get Scrum-specific States, Issue Types, workflows, etc. You can also modify project settings after defaults are applied at any time.


Add Custom Field Values from anywhere in YouTrack

If you are a project administrator, now it’s really easy to add custom field values. You don’t have to go to settings and spend time setting up the fields. Open your issue anywhere, on the backlog, Agile board or issue list, and quickly add a new value for the chosen field.


New Color Palette

We have updated the color palette with additional color options. While we tried not to diverge too much from the old palette, now the colors look quite different.

There were several reasons to do this. First, it was previously difficult to tell the difference between priority fields, for example “critical” and “show-stopper” looked alike. Second, the new palette is adapted for color-blind users.

Of course you can always customize the colors for your custom fields in Settings.


Read-only mode

This feature is extremely useful for teams during maintenance or any other kind of upgrades that can affect server stability. First, read-only mode guarantees access to the database files in YouTrack. Second, it allows you to temporary unload the server during activity peaks. Resulting in a significant performance improvement, albeit at the cost of some of the functionality, read-only mode allows you to avoid downtime on a server.


YouTrack 7.0 is integrated with a new version of Hub, which brings a lot of useful improvements.

Password Strength Policy
You can now set a password policy to your YouTrack instance, which will be enforced every time users create or change passwords in their YouTrack accounts. As an admin of your instance, you can create any password by default. Once your account is set up, you can go to settings and determine a password strength for your team. By setting a Password Policy, you can increase the overall security of your system and help protect your instance from brute-force attacks.


SAML Support
It is now possible to use your YouTrack profile to log in to external services that support SAML 2.0 authentication, like Zendesk or Google Apps for work. To use this feature, add the services you need to Registered Service Providers.


Revised Permissions Management
In YouTrack 7.0, permissions management becomes really handy as permissions are categorized by applications, YouTrack and Hub. Hub contains general administration permissions, while YouTrack contains issue-specific sets of permissions, grouped by the type of operations they allow performing.


Remove User Profile
Users can now remove their own profiles, while admins can remove other users’ profiles. However, first you should find a replacement for deleted users to keep the history and inherit usages of the account.


To try YouTrack 7.0 on our Sandbox please follow the instructions below:

    • For view-only mode (Guest), click here.
    • To use YouTrack as a Project Administrator, you should sign up first.

Please notice, as a Project Administrator you will get permissions to modify any projects on the current instance. We kindly ask you to respect each other and not to delete or edit any projects but yours.

Steps to move your newly registered InCloud instance to v7.0:

We will move your instance within one business day.

For the full list of improvements and bug-fixes (it’s huge!), check the Release notes.

It is important to distinguish EAP from traditional pre-release software. The quality of EAP versions may at times be way below even usual beta standards. If you are looking for a stable version of YouTrack, please, visit our site. Please note that once your instance is moved to YouTrack 7.0, it can’t be downgraded back to YouTrack 6.5.

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YouTrack And Raygun For Smarter Issue Tracking

This guest blog post is brought to you by Freyja Spaven, a Digital Marketing Specialist at Raygun. Please post your questions as comments below, and the author will address them.

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Do software bugs ruin your day?

Or maybe even your week, when you get tasked with solving an issue that you just cannot get to the bottom of.  Or perhaps even worse, when you’re the one who has to deal with the fallout from a major incident.

Chances are you wished you had something robust in place to deal with these situations when and after they happen. But the time to get a great issue management workflow in place is right now. Luckily, we know a nifty little setup that just might be the smoothest error management workflow possible.

YouTrack and Raygun is a good match, working together in harmony. Raygun automatically finds and diagnoses errors and issues in your software applications, bringing them to your attention on a dashboard with charts and statistics thrown in for good measure. It also groups errors that are seen to be the same so you don’t get overwhelmed with notifications for every single. Click into any error group to get diagnostic details about the error right down to the line of code it happened on. Awesome, right?

It gets even better because you can connect Raygun with YouTrack, and with two clicks do things like attach the diagnostic information to an existing issue in your YouTrack issue tracker, or create a new issue.

You may already find that YouTrack is a fantastic issue tracking and project management tool. But now that you can attach the diagnostic information about each error to a YouTrack issue, you’ll never have to waste time hunting down the root cause of the issue.

After adding the details of your YouTrack server to your Raygun account, drilling down into an error group will show YouTrack options under the integrations dropdown. Click the option that you require and you’ll be able to assign it to an existing issue in YouTrack, or create a brand new issue. The issue will contain a link back to Raygun, allowing everyone to immediately view the exception’s stack trace, the environment data from the user’s system, if it’s from a website or application, and the server and request data.

With Raygun, your team is instantly notified about every error that is occurring in your software applications. Placing it in your issue tracker takes seconds, where it can be assigned and resolved. Having the error data available from a link makes it faster and less painful to reproduce.

View the instructions on how to set up Raygun with YouTrack.

Special offer for YouTrack customers

There really is nothing to lose by giving the Raygun plus YouTrack integration a try.
Use the voucher code YOUTRACK50OFF at the end of your 30-day free trial period to get $50 of free account credit on your Raygun plan. This offer applies to new customers only, but if you’re an existing Raygun and YouTrack customer and don’t have this integration set up yet, now’s a great time to make it happen!


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YouTrack 6.5.17105 Is Here

Please welcome a brand new YouTrack 6.5.17105.

This minor update introduces a number of fixes, including:

  • Security issue
  • Jira integration
  • Problem with images with Cyrillic names

Check the Release Notes for more details.

Download YouTrack 6.517105 today and enjoy the enhanced issue tracking.

All the InCloud servers will be upgraded next Monday, May 30, according to our Maintenance Calendar.

The Drive to Develop

The JetBrains Team


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Adding YouTrack issue links on GitHub

This guest blog post is brought to you by Nuno Pinheiro, the author of a Chrome extension for navigating to your issues from a GitHub commit/PR page. Please post your questions as comments below, and the author will address them.

When assessing the issue tracker to use in a project, if the project is hosted on GitHub, it is really easy to start using the GitHub issue features. It is configured out of the box, and your commits and comments can have hyperlinks to your issues if you refer them. But if you are developing the project professionally, you will probably want to use a more powerful tool such as YouTrack, enabling, for instance, powerful reporting and workflows.

When you start using YouTrack, you will be interested in integrating your code repository with the issue tracker. With this integration, you can refer issues from your commits, and YouTrack will be able to tell you which commits and Pull Requests (PR) are related to your issue. With those commits, you can also perform operations on your issues using commands.

But I feel there is still a missing piece. As I previously said, if you are using GitHub issues, you can navigate to your issues from the commit/PR page. The same is not possible if you are using an external issue tracker such as YouTrack. GitHub does not recognize the issue references, and will not provide a link to your issue tracker. This means that if somebody inserts an issue reference in a commit message or pull request, you will need to manually copy the issue identifier, open the YouTrack page, and paste the identifier into the search field. This can be pretty annoying if you are skimming through several commits or PRs and want to check all the referred issues. Although it is not a critical factor when choosing your issue tracker, it still affects your team.

To fix this problem, and save some seconds per day, I developed a Google Chrome extension which adds this functionality to GitHub! This configurable extension detects when you navigate to a GitHub page, and checks if the current project is configured to be linked with a YouTrack repository. If it is, it will find all the issue identifiers in the page, and inject a link to the corresponding YouTrack page.
GitHub link injection sample

After talking with JetBrains, they challenged me to go even further. Through the existing RESTful API, besides injecting a direct link to the tracker page, we also added a preview containing the summary and description! In case you are using a private tracker, you will need to be logged in it to enable this feature.

Installing and Configuring

You can install the plugin from the chrome web store. In case you are interested, you can also package the plugin yourself from the source code .

After installation, you can access the management screen by clicking on the button next to the address bar.


This will open your management screen where you can read, create, update and delete existing configurations.


Each configurations contains four fields:

  1. Repository – The name of the repository
  2. Key – The short name used in your YouTrack issues
  3. TargetUrl – The YouTrack URL which will be used to create the issue links
  4. Type – The type of the issue tracker

To start importing your configurations from YouTrack, click on the import button and paste your URL. In case your solution has a context path do not forget to add it to the link. For example, if you are using the cloud hosted solution, you will need to add “/youtrack” to the URL.


The plugin is not able to fetch the GitHub repository information from the projects, so it will try to guess the project names based on the name configured in YouTrack. For example, when loading the projects from, some of the projects, such as kotlin, will have their names properly guessed. You may still need to fix some of them.


The plugin allows multiple configurations for the same code repository, in case you are fixing issues from multiple YouTrack projects. All the configurations will be synced in your Google Account. This means that you only need to import the configurations once, and they will be available for you in any chrome browser which is connected to your account.

Since building software and issue tracking are all about teamwork, the management screen also contains an export feature. To export, select all the configurations you want to export. Click on the export button, and a json representation of the configurations will be displayed. Simply copy paste it into a file, your documentation, or an e-mail, and share it with your colleagues.

To import those configurations, click on the import button, select the Exported Json option from the “Import From” option, paste the configurations!

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Meet the YouTrack Team at the Agile Alliance Technical Conference 2016

YouTrack team is going to Raleigh, NC, US this week. We are attending and sponsoring the first Agile Alliance Technical Conference (AATC2016).  So, let’s meet at the AATC2016 on April 7-8 2016! We are focused on our Team tools: TeamCity, Upsource, YouTrack and Hub this time, as we believe that agile is about bringing value to development teams, and all our team tools follow agile principles and make teams more productive.



Stop by the JetBrains booth, if you are around. We’ve prepared live product demos, team tools sticker quiz, IDE license drawing, good coffee with the JetBrains special chocolate, and good company just to chat!



Keep the Drive to Develop,

The JetBrains Team

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Privacy Policy and Safe Harbor and how they impact YouTrack InCloud Customers

Recently we have updated our Privacy Policy. Please read the updated full version. Just to remind, Privacy Policy describes which data we collect from our customers, how we store it and use it. It mostly refers to our InCloud customers, since we host and store their databases in our cloud. So, please read carefully and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Changes in Data Transfer Rules between EU and the US

The EU Court of Justice recently passed a ruling that affects the Safe Harbor agreement between the EU and the US, which is used as a means to transfer data between the EU and US while safely complying with data protection laws.

Although the final outcome of this is yet to be determined, at JetBrains we have taken some additional measures by allowing you to decide where you want your data to be hosted as a YouTrack InCloud customer. To this effect,

  1. We have added information about your current Data Center location to the General Settings. It will be either EU or US, according to your Geo Location when having created your instance.
  2. If you would like to change the location, please contact our technical support and we will move your instance.
  3. For new instances, and independently of Geo Locations, we have added an option to choose Data Center location (EU or US) when signing up.

Keep the Drive to Develop,

The JetBrains Team

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Fresh YouTrack 6.5.17057 Is Available

Welcome an updated YouTrack 6.5.17057!  This minor release brings a set of useful bug fixes, including project wizard and icons in Chrome issues. Check the full list of the Release Notes for more details.

Download YouTrack 6.5.17057 now and upgrade the latest version today.

YouTrack InCloud instances will be upgraded to the latest build on Monday, March 21, 2015, according to our Maintenance Calendar.

Keep the Drive to Develop!

The JetBrains Team

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