When you have a lot of tasks on your Flyspray, you may have trouble locating a certain task by visual scanning alone. This is where you may find the Search functionality useful.


In the CleanFS theme (default), you will see a search bar similar to the image below when you expand advanced.


From here you can enter some search terms, and select different options to narrow your search criteria. Click Search to send your search to Flyspray for processing. The page will reload with a new tasklist matching your search criteria.

Search criteria

All fields are straightforward with a couple of exceptions that might need a little clarifying.

The search string is evaluated case insensitive. For the search text input some input character have special meaning:

’+’ works as placeholder for whitespace. Example: ‘open+source’ finds ‘open source’, but not ‘open closed source’.

’%’ works as placeholder for multiple characters. Example: ‘fly%ray’ finds ‘flyspray’ or ‘flypray’.

‘_’ works as placeholder for one character. Example: ‘fly_pray’ finds ‘flyspray’.


This field defaults to “All open tasks”, and as such, will return all tasks that are not marked “closed”. This means that they may have any status, as long as they are still marked “open”. Another option is “all statuses”, meaning that Flyspray will return all tasks regardless of whether they are open or closed. It is a good idea to search the tasklist using the “all statuses” option before opening a new bug report or feature request. Your bug may have been already fixed, or your feature request already implemented, and the tasks closed.

Technical Information

Assigning tasks: The dropdown list that appears at the Assigned To field does not contain every user registered on your Flyspray installation. The list only contains users who are members of your Project groups, as well as users in global groups defined as “can be assigned tasks” in the global options. This is done by the ListUsers() function, in includes/functions.inc.php

Due Date: Searching by due dates only returns tasks with a number greater than zero (0) in the {$dbprefix}_tasks.due_date field. Therefore, if a task doesn’t have a due date set, it will not be included in the query.