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Review Board 2.5 RC 1 Release Notes

Release date: August 17, 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

The final 2.5 release will be very close to 2.5 RC 1, so if you’re looking to upgrade your production instance to 2.5, you should absolutely try 2.5 RC 1 in a test environment.

We do not recommend upgrading a production server with this version of Review Board just yet. 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


  • Added new headers for filtering review request e-mails.

    E-mails for reviews containing a Ship It! will include a X-ReviewBoard-ShipIt header. If the review doesn’t contain any other content (for instance, if it’s the result of the pressing the Ship It! button), it will also contain a X-ReviewBoard-ShipIt-Only header.

Markdown Improvements

  • The Markdown editor now provides syntax highlighting support for:

    • CoffeeScript

    • CSS

    • Go

    • HTML

    • JavaScript

    • Perl

    • PHP

    • Python

    • ReStructuredText

    • Ruby

    • Shell scripts

    • SQL

    • XML

    • YAML

    This can be used by specifying the language when using fenced code blocks. For example:

    class Foo(object):

Mobile UI

  • The login, register, and password reset pages are now built for mobile UIs.

    The password reset pages also got a makeover for desktop.

  • The user page and dashboard now have a drop-down filter menu for choosing which review requsts are visible on mobile devices.


  • Added new extension hooks for manipulating the recipient list for review and review request e-mails.

    The new EmailHook allows an extension to designate new lists of recipients for all the review/review request e-mails that Review Board sends. They can update both the To and CC lists for any e-mail.

    These take lists of signals the hook should listen to for the various events (such as review_request_published). As a convenience, callers can make use of one of the subclasses for specific events:

  • API resources provided by extensions can now add specialized serialization of links.

    Subclasses of WebAPIResource can implement a serialize_<linkname>_link() function to provide the desired information for the link. This is useful for links that need to contain additional metadata about the link that would be helpful to the consumer.

Bug Fixes


  • Fixed the display of Gravatars in the dashboard.

Diff Viewer

  • Fixed displaying trophies on the diff viewer page.

  • The checkbox for choosing whether to send e-mails on review request updates is no longer missing on the diff viewer.


File Attachments

  • Fixed regressions in rendering file attachment captions.

  • Fixed unwanted gaps above the tabs in the Markdown file attachment review page.

Review Requests

  • Opening and closing editors no longer results in review request or review drafts.

  • Fixed the review reply draft banner sticking around in memory and listening for events after publishing a reply.

  • Fixed the review request update bubble appearing below other elements on the page.

  • Fixed the display of Gravatars in reviews and replies.


  • Fixed Unicode errors when normalizing keywords in CVS diffs. (Bug #3931)


  • Fixed Unicode errors when parsing SVN diffs containing accented characters in the revision strings.

    Patch by Maxime Besson.


  • Barret Rennie

  • Christian Hammond

  • David Trowbridge

  • Maxime Besson