OTRS: ticket overview
|Original author(s)||Martin Edenhofer|
5.0.14 / 1 November 2016
|Available in||32 languages|
|Type||Trouble Ticket System|
|License||Affero General Public License, version 3|
OTRS, an initialism for Open Technology Real Services, is a free and open-source trouble ticket system software package that a company, organization, or other entity can use to assign tickets to incoming queries and track further communications about them. It is a means of managing incoming inquiries, complaints, support requests, defect reports, and other communications.
OTRS is part of the Lisog open source stack initiative.
Every ticket generated by the system has persistence or "history" showing what happened to the ticket within its life cycle. OTRS has the ability to merge multiple requests about the same incident, thus making it possible to work on an incident rather than on singular requests. OTRS is a multiuser system which means that multiple agents may work simultaneously on the tickets in OTRS, reading the incoming messages, bringing them in order, and answering them. OTRS is highly scalable, capable of handling thousands of tickets per day and a nearly unlimited number of simultaneously working agents.
OTRS has integrated functionality for creating, reworking and searching FAQ texts. The FAQ texts may be incorporated into the agents' answers on tickets.
By using a multilingual web user interface, OTRS is usable independently from the respective operating systems since it is operated from a web browser. Furthermore, this facilitates the usage of OTRS by external agents or even customers participating in, working on or contributing to tickets.
OTRS establishes a framework of functions. For example, the System for Incident Response in Operational Security (SIRIOS) of the Federal Office for Information Security, Germany, is based on OTRS.
|Version||Original release date||Latest version||Release date||Status|
|Old version, no longer supported: 1.0||2003-02-04||1.0.0||2003-02-04||No longer supported|
|Old version, no longer supported: 1.1||2003-04-24||1.1.2||2003-06-01||No longer supported|
|Old version, no longer supported: 1.2||2004-02-10||1.2.4||2004-07-05||No longer supported|
|Old version, no longer supported: 1.3||2004-09-22||1.3.3||2005-11-20||No longer supported|
|Old version, no longer supported: 2.0||2005-05-02||2.0.5||2007-07-19||No longer supported|
|Old version, no longer supported: 2.1||2006-08-29||2.1.9||2010-02-06||No longer supported|
|Old version, no longer supported: 2.2||2007-05-29||2.2.9||2010-02-06||No longer supported|
|Old version, no longer supported: 2.3||2008-08-03||2.3.5||2010-02-06||No longer supported|
|Old version, no longer supported: 2.4||2009-07-21||2.4.15||2012-09-20||No longer supported|
|Old version, no longer supported: 3.0||2010-11-06||3.0.22||2013-07-04||No longer supported|
|Old version, no longer supported: 3.1||2012-02-03||2.1.9||2014-03-27||No longer supported|
|Old version, no longer supported: 3.2||2013-01-17||3.2.18||2015-09-23||No longer supported|
|Old version, no longer supported: 3.3||2013-10-31||3.3.15||2015-09-23||No longer supported |
|Older version, yet still supported: 4.0||2014-11-13||4.0.18||2016-08-09||Still supported|
|Current stable version: 5.0||2015-10-09||5.0.17||2017-03-07||Latest|
The Open-source Ticket Request System (OTRS) is more than a mailing list notification system for ticket requests.
The web interface itself uses its own templating mechanism called DTL (Dynamic Template Language) to facilitate the display of the systems output data.
Originally, OTRS worked only on MySQL databases. Support has since been added for PostgreSQL, Oracle, DB2 and Microsoft SQL Server. OTRS may be used on many UNIX or UNIX-like platforms (e.g. Linux, macOS, FreeBSD, etc.) as well as on Microsoft Windows.
The scalability of OTRS systems may be increased by using mod perl for the Apache Webserver or by separating the database and web server systems, allowing a large number of simultaneously working agents and high volumes of tickets.
OTRS has a plugin mechanism, and many programmers have written add-ons to bring in new functions. In March 2011 a public repository named OPAR (OTRS Package ARchive) started; until August 2015 about 140 add-ons were published.
- Comparison of help desk issue tracking software
- Comparison of ticket-tracking systems
- LAMP (software bundle)
- "OTRS Homepage". Retrieved 25 November 2014.
- "OTRS 5 Patch Level 14 Changes". Retrieved 18 November 2016.
- "IT Service Management Software". OTRS.com. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
- "OTRS: CSIRT WorkFlow Improvements" (PDF). Cesnet.cz. 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
- "Release Notes: OTRS::ITSM Module 4 Patch Level 15". otrs.com. Retrieved 2016-04-29.
- "OPAR: OTRS Package ARchive". DE: Perl Services. Retrieved 14 October 2012.