Trac is an enhanced wiki and issue tracking system for software development projects. The application can be run as a Windows Service using FireDaemon Pro, which allows you to have the application start automatically at boot prior to login, start multiple instances of the application and more. This HOWTO will show you how to set it up. You can also use Fusion to manage FireDaemon and other Windows services via a web browser.

Note: Tracd has a Windows distribution but BitNami made their own version that makes it much easier to install and use so for this reason we suggest to use it instead.

Bitnami Trac Setup Under FireDaemon Pro

Download the latest BitNami Trac files from the official website.

Install the application. By default version 1.0.1 installs to C:\BitNami\trac-1.0.1-1. Replace 1.0.1 with the version of Trac that you're using.

During installation you can select the project directory. For the purposes of this HOWTO, we will be using the default path of C:\Users\USERNAME\BitNami Trac Stack projects.

Download and install FireDaemon Pro into the directory of your choice, typically C:\Program Files\FireDaemon.

Next start the FireDaemon GUI from the desktop shortcut. Click on the "Create a new service definition" button in the toolbar (or type Ctrl+N) and enter the information into the fields as you see below. Adjust the paths to suit your installation. Note the required parameters.

The most important field on the tab is the Parameters. The Parameters define the initial setup of your server. Here’s the full parameter list you should have:
-p 80 --env-parent-dir "C:\Users\USERNAME\BitNami Trac Stack projects"

  • -80 Sets the server listen port to 80 (TCP).
  • --env-parent-dir "C:\Users\USERNAME\BitNami Trac Stack projects" Sets the Trac project directory. Change USERNAME to the username of the account that installed the BitNami Trac. If you chose a custom directory during installation then change the path to match it.

Now click on the Settings tab. If you DON'T want to see Trac running, uncheck the Interact with Desktop check box & select "Hidden" from the "Show Window" dropdown. You must run Trac as the user you installed it as. In the Logon Account field type your username (e.g. Administrator) and then enter the user's password twice in the Password and Confirm fields. You must set the job type to "Global" so that child processes are terminated properly when the service is stopped or restarted. You can change the Process Priority to allocate more CPU time to the dedicated server or specify which CPU or core the dedicated server will run on (in the case of multi-processor, hyperthreaded or multi-core CPUs).


Now click on the OK button to finish setup and start Trac!