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Review Board 2.5 Beta 2 Release Notes

Release date: July 20, 2015

This release contains all bug fixes and features found in Review Board version 2.0.18.


To install this release, run the following:

$ sudo easy_install \
    -f http://downloads.reviewboard.org/releases/ReviewBoard/2.5/ \
    -U ReviewBoard

We do not recommend upgrading a production server with this version of Review Board. It’s best to install on a test server, with a copy of your production database, in case there are any major problems.

New User Features

Design Update

Review Board’s visual design was starting to get a little long in the tooth. This release contains significant updates to the dashboard, review request, reviews, and diff viewer pages. In addition to the large, obvious redesigns, several smaller pieces of UI have been polished up:

  • The highlighted chunk in the diff viewer now uses a highlight on either side of the view which doesn’t cover up any content or cause the page to “jump”.

  • The comment dialog has been updated to soften the look a bit, increase the default size, and prevent visual jumpiness.

  • The old animated GIF spinners throughout the UI have been replaced with a modern icon-font based spinner that looks great on all screens.

  • The issue summary table on review requests has some visual polish and offers a better way to filter statuses.

Mobile UI

  • Most of Review Board’s UI has been updated to work better on small screens (such as those found on phones and tablets).

    Based on work by Jason Tseng.

Review Requests

  • Sending e-mail is optional when publishing review requests.

    When e-mail notifications are turned on, users now have the option of preventing e-mail updates from being sent when publishing a review request. This can be used to avoid spamming your teammates when all you did was fix a typo or make another small change.

    Based on work by Jessica Qian.

  • Archive and Mute review requests.

    Archive and Mute allow you to clean up your dashboard to show only the things that require your immediate attention. Like many e-mail clients, “archiving” a review request will hide it until there’s new activity, and “muting” a review request will hide it permanently.

    Based on work by Chris Arnold.

  • Added post-commit review request support for Bitbucket.

    Review requests for committed changes hosted on Bitbucket can now be created from the “New Review Request” page.

Diff Viewer

  • Show rendered Markdown text in comment bubble toolips.

    The comment bubbles have always had a tooltip to preview the comment text. These tooltips now contain the rendered Markdown text rather than raw Markdown.

    Patch by Wu Di.

File Attachments

  • “HD” file attachment thumbnails.

    In an era of high-resolution screens, the old postage-stamp size file attachment thumbnails with lots of knobs and buttons looked pretty outdated. File attachment thumbnails are now shown as large, clean images. These thumbnails will show some UI options when hovering the mouse over them, and will also scroll to reveal more of the image.

  • Diffs of text file attachments with multiple revisions.

    When a text-based file attachment has multiple revisions, those revisions can now be compared as a diff. This also shows diffs of Markdown file attachments (for both the source and rendered output).

Administration UI

  • New “Add new users by default” setting for groups.

    Turning this setting on will cause any newly-registered users to be automatically added to the group.

    Patch by Stanley Yeo.


Bug Fixes


  • Fixed the “Submitter” column to not wrap lines when usernames contain wrappable characters such as hyphens.

Diff Viewer

  • Fixed some problems with interdiffs resulting from rebased changes.

File Attachments

  • Fixed the order of revisions for diffs of some file types.

    When showing a diff between file attachment revisions, some of the file review UIs (notably the image review UI) would show the old file on the right and the new file on the left.

  • Fixed commenting on text-based file attachments.

  • Fixed sensitivity of the “Upload” button on the file attachment form when no file had been selected. (Bug #3829)

    Patch by Vincent Le.



  • Barret Rennie

  • Chris Arnold

  • Christian Hammond

  • David Trowbridge

  • Halvor Lund

  • Jason Tseng

  • Jessica Qian

  • Stanley Yeo

  • Vincent Le

  • Wu Di