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What is the Bug Squad?

The BugSquad is an essential asset in progressing Ubuntu and its derivatives; The BugSquad is the first point of contact for the bugs filed about Ubuntu. Members assign bugs to packages, ensure that bug reports are complete, find duplicate bug reports, recreate bugs, and forward bugs to their upstream authors. All of these activities help bugs get fixed and subsequently make Ubuntu even better.

What the BugSquad does is also known as Triaging, which is similar to the process of prioritizing patients in a hospital based on the severity of their condition. This allows developers to spend their time more effectively, and is a great way to learn about how Ubuntu works as an operating system and as a community. It's also not uncommon for triagers to discover new and interesting features they didn't know about!

Another big part of what we do is help new members triage bugs; On average, over 1,800 bugs are filed every week with more than 500,000 bugs filed so far. The Bug Squad is always in NEED of more help from the community!

Who makes up the Bug Squad?

Anyone interested in triaging bugs can join the Bug Squad. The members are primarily volunteers from around the world and they come together with a common cause of making Ubuntu better for everyone. No special knowledge or training is required, just a desire to help. Currently there are about 2500 registered members.

Want to Join?


If you want to join the Bug Squad team you need to:

If you completed the previous steps, apply for membership on the BugSquad team at Launchpad and send an email to the Bug Squad Mailing List. The email should contain, at minimum:

  • Your Launchpad ID
  • A confirmation that you read the Triage Guide (if you have any questions please send a separate email to the list).

When joining the Bug Squad, please keep up-to-date with bug management policies. Changes are always announced on the mailing list.

Now, please read this page for more detailed instructions.


Ubuntu BugSquad members can always be contacted via IRC on the #ubuntu-bugs channel on irc.freenode.org for help or collaboration.

Now what?

Now that you're an official member of the Ubuntu BugSquad, get started triaging bugs!