Reporting Bugs

Python is a mature programming language which has established a reputation for stability. In order to maintain this reputation, the developers would like to know of any deficiencies you find in Python.

Documentation bugs

If you find a bug in this documentation or would like to propose an improvement, please send an e-mail to describing the bug and where you found it. If you have a suggestion how to fix it, include that as well. is a mailing list run by volunteers; your request will be noticed, even if it takes a while to be processed.

Of course, if you want a more persistent record of your issue, you can use the issue tracker for documentation bugs as well.

Using the Python issue tracker

Bug reports for Python itself should be submitted via the Python Bug Tracker ( The bug tracker offers a Web form which allows pertinent information to be entered and submitted to the developers.

The first step in filing a report is to determine whether the problem has already been reported. The advantage in doing so, aside from saving the developers time, is that you learn what has been done to fix it; it may be that the problem has already been fixed for the next release, or additional information is needed (in which case you are welcome to provide it if you can!). To do this, search the bug database using the search box on the top of the page.

If the problem you’re reporting is not already in the bug tracker, go back to the Python Bug Tracker and log in. If you don’t already have a tracker account, select the “Register” link or, if you use OpenID, one of the OpenID provider logos in the sidebar. It is not possible to submit a bug report anonymously.

Being now logged in, you can submit a bug. Select the “Create New” link in the sidebar to open the bug reporting form.

The submission form has a number of fields. For the “Title” field, enter a very short description of the problem; less than ten words is good. In the “Type” field, select the type of your problem; also select the “Component” and “Versions” to which the bug relates.

In the “Comment” field, describe the problem in detail, including what you expected to happen and what did happen. Be sure to include whether any extension modules were involved, and what hardware and software platform you were using (including version information as appropriate).

Each bug report will be assigned to a developer who will determine what needs to be done to correct the problem. You will receive an update each time action is taken on the bug.

See also

Python Developer’s Guide
Detailed description of the issue workflow and developers tools.
How to Report Bugs Effectively
Article which goes into some detail about how to create a useful bug report. This describes what kind of information is useful and why it is useful.
Bug Writing Guidelines
Information about writing a good bug report. Some of this is specific to the Mozilla project, but describes general good practices.

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