Kiwi TCMS 8.5

update 3rd party libraries, improvements, tests & translations

Posted by Kiwi TCMS Team on Fri 10 July 2020 under releases

We're happy to announce Kiwi TCMS version 8.5!

IMPORTANT: this is a medium sized release which includes many improvements, database migrations, translation updates and new tests. It is the third release to include contributions via our open source bounty program. You can explore everything at!

Supported upgrade paths:

5.3   (or older) -> 5.3.1
5.3.1 (or newer) -> 6.0.1
6.0.1            -> 6.1
6.1              -> 6.1.1
6.1.1            -> 6.2 (or newer)

Docker images:

kiwitcms/kiwi       latest  4379e2438e43    636 MB
kiwitcms/kiwi       6.2     7870085ad415    957 MB
kiwitcms/kiwi       6.1.1   49fa42ddfe4d    955 MB
kiwitcms/kiwi       6.1     b559123d25b0    970 MB
kiwitcms/kiwi       6.0.1   87b24d94197d    970 MB
kiwitcms/kiwi       5.3.1   a420465852be    976 MB

Changes since Kiwi TCMS 8.4


  • Update django from 3.0.7 to 3.0.8
  • Update django-colorfield from 0.3.0 to 0.3.2
  • Update django-modern-rpc from 0.12.0 to 0.12.1
  • Update django-simple-history from 2.10.0 to 2.11.0
  • Update mysqlclient from 1.4.6 to 2.0.1
  • Update python-gitlab from 2.2.0 to 2.4.0
  • Update python-bugzilla from 2.3.0 to 2.5.0
  • Add middleware to warn for unapplied migrations. Fixes Issue #1696 (Bryan Mutai)
  • Add "insert table" button to SimpleMDE toolbar. References Issue #1531 (Bryan Mutai)
  • Implement kiwitcms-django-plugin. Resolves Issue #693 (Bryan Mutai)
  • Add missing permission check for TestExecution.add_link() API method (Rosen Sasov)
  • Add missing permission check for TestExecution.remove_link() API method (Rosen Sasov)
  • Admin interface will now appear translated
  • Propagate server side API errors to the browser. Closes Issue #625, Issue #1333
  • Improvements for Status Matrix telemetry page:
    • Make the horizontal scroll bar at the bottom always visible
    • Make the header row always visible
    • Add button to show columns in reverse. Fixes Issue #1682
    • Make it possible to display TestExecutions from child TestPlans. Fixes Issue #1683


  • Update existing Bug tracker records to match the changes introduced with the new EXTERNAL_BUG_TRACKERS setting


  • Add EXTERNAL_BUG_TRACKERS setting which is a list of dotted class paths representing external bug tracker integrations. Plugins and Kiwi TCMS admins can now more easily include customized integrations

Refactoring & testing

  • Add new linter to check for label arguments in form field classes. Fixes Issue #738 (Bryan Mutai)
  • Add new linter to check if all forms inherit from ModelForm. Fixes Issue #1384 (Bryan Mutai)
  • Enable pylint plugin pylint.extensions.docparams and resolve errors. Fixes Issue #1192 (Bryan Mutai)
  • Migrate 'test-for-missing-migrations' from Travis CI to GitHub workflow. Fixes Issue #1553 (Bryan Mutai)
  • Add tests for tcms.bugs.api.add_tag(). References Issue #1597 (Mfon Eti-mfon)
  • Add tests for tcms.bugs.api.remove_tag(). References Issue #1597 (Mfon Eti-mfon)
  • Add test for tcms.testplans.views.Edit. References Issue #1617 (@cmbahadir)
  • Add tests for markdown2html(). Fixes Issue #1659 (Mariyan Garvanski)
  • Add test for Cyrillic support with MariaDB. References Issue #1770

Kiwi TCMS Enterprise v8.5-mt

  • Based on Kiwi TCMS v8.5
  • Update django-ses from 0.8.14 to 1.0.1
  • Update kiwitcms-tenants from 1.1.1 to 1.2
  • Update social-auth-app-django from 3.4.0 to 4.0.0
  • Start tagging non-Enterprise images of kiwitcms/kiwi - will be provided via separate private repository for enterprise customers. See here

For more info see

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How to upgrade

Backup first! If you are using Kiwi TCMS as a Docker container then:

cd path/containing/docker-compose/
docker-compose down
docker-compose pull
docker-compose up -d
docker exec -it kiwi_web /Kiwi/ migrate

Refer to our documentation for more details!

Happy testing!