osTicket: The Best Open Source Ticket System

I have worked in a couple of fairly large companies in my native Venezuela, in both, the support department had many complications when managing the technical problems of the users, they were solved with the use of various technologies, but above all with the start-up of a Open Source Ticket System.

Although I am not an expert in the field of support, sometimes I had to put a lot of hand into that area in one of the aforementioned companies, in the same way, I had the possibility of being a GLPI user and choosing to implement osTicket, the one that for me is the best Open Source Ticket System.

To choose to implement osTicket In a company in the container storage area, I had to analyze various tools in which the following stand out: RT (Request Tracker)OTRS: Open Ticket Request SystemGLPI (Gestionnaire Libre de Parc Informático) y osTicket.

I have stayed with the latter, mainly because it allowed me to automate the sending of tickets according to the department that was responsible for solving it (And in this way we manage the support of all areas, not only the technology area). Likewise, I made sure that there was no rework, since each ticket could only be taken by one user.

It is important to note that osTicket It has the necessary functionalities to manage supports of any kind. In addition to being open source, it has a large community that allows it to offer more and better features than its competitors. osTicket for Linux

What is an Open Source Ticket System?

Each filtering bag Open Source Ticket System or what in Spanish is known as Open Source Ticket System, They are free applications that allow us to manage incidents and requests for services in an organized and automated way.

Incidents and requests are received based on tickets sent by users, which are stored and delivered in various ways to the operator in charge of managing it. These tools are widely used in Call Centers, IT Department, Data Center, Telemarketing Companies, among others. osTicket

What is osTicket?

It is a web tool that allows you to manage in a transparent, easy and simple way, incidents created by users through email, web forms and telephone calls.

osTicket eis considered by many the best Open Source Ticket System today, as it has many more features and tools than most ticket systems on the market.

In the same way, the installation of osTicket is simple and its usability stands out above the other solutions. In addition, it has a powerful API that allows integrating the tool with third-party solutions. Open Source Ticket System

OsTicket features

  • Business rule management using SLA
  • It allows you to filter the tickets according to the department to which it corresponds to solve it.
  • It helps to establish workflows according to the type of ticket, making automatic responses if necessary.
  • Possibility of incorporating multimedia files (photos, images, audio and videos) to the various requests.
  • You can make notes on tickets about all actions taken on the topic in question.
  • Capture of tickets by email, web, telephone, fax and through the API.
  • Custom fields in the tickets, which allow users to request precise information.
  • Rich text HTML
  • Incorporation of Help Topics to solve incidents without the need to open a ticket, it also allows the creation of categories in tickets.
  • Prevent multiple collaborators from answering a ticket at the same time.
  • Transfer tickets between departments or assign them to team members to ensure they are handled by the correct staff. 
  • All applications are filed online. The user can log in using the email and ticket ID, although no registration or user is required to submit a ticket.
  • Comprehensive reports that give a glimpse into the performance and functionality of the support team.
  • Many more.


How to install osTicket

The 2 times that I have installed osTicket I have followed the official method that is in its repositories, which I indicate below, not without first mentioning the Requirements and some extensions that are recommended to have installed.

Requirements

  • HTTP server running, preferably Apache
  • PHP version 5.4 or higher, 5.6 recommended
  • mysqli extension for PHP
  • MySQL database version 5.0 or higher

Recommendations

  • gd, gettext, imap, json, mbstring, and xml extension for PHP
  • APC module enabled and configured for PHP

Installing

The easiest way to install osTicket is to clone the public repository, then create a folder on our web server and finally deploy the application. As it's shown in the following:

git clone https://github.com/osTicket/osTicket
cd osTicket
mkdir /var/www/htdocs/osticket/
php manage.php deploy --setup /var/www/htdocs/osticket/

You can then access your server's osticket oagina to install and configure the application, as required. You can also get new updates and deploy it (from the folder in which you cloned the repository), by performing the following commands

git pull
php manage.php deploy -v /var/www/htdocs/osticket/

The application is also available for installation in the famous tool Softaculous.

I highly recommend this application and if you have the need to manage incidents more appropriately, surely this tool will help you quickly and easily.


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  1.   Luis urban said

    Do you think it is a good alternative and with the same benefits as systems like Remedy AR?

    1.    lizard said

      It is a good alternative to BMC Remedy Help Desk, it has most of the features that Remedy AR offers for those specific purposes, but above all it is free.

  2.   Aure said

    Very good article and good recommendation

    1.    lizard said

      Thank you very much for your comment

  3.   Rodo said

    Hello lizard, what a good article!
    I have a question; With which application could osTicket complement to carry a CMDB according to your experience?

    1.    lizard said

      I have not had the need to implement a CMDB, in my particular case in case I will need it I would probably take the fast track and use OTRS https://www.otrs.com/ which already includes the CMDB by default ... Now, in case of integrating it with osticket, I would use its powerful api to integrate with Itop, which is an open and powerful CMDB, Itop I do not know it fully (test installation pair), but some of my colleagues have used it in production and have spoken wonderfully about it.

      1.    kaido said

        I currently work with Itop, I recommend it blindly since it is super complete and it is even so robust that due to day-to-day issues, we have not taken full advantage of the tool but it certainly offers you a large number of options to time to implement a robust CMDB.

        1.    David gruzzi said

          Friend and I have a question, do you have any manual or videotutorial or something that I can use for the configuration from 0 to 100 in itop

    2.    PICCORO Lenz McKAY said

      osticket needs few code modifications but it needs them to implement CMDB, however, taking into account that Latin countries do not follow the standards well with some tricks, you implement it and it would be much better than OTRS ... whatever I see that I will have to implement a good material of this in December 2020 .. since there are many articles as vague as this one where they only say that it is good that it is easy but no parameterization .. that without this it is not as wonderful as it really is

  4.   nacho said

    OpenProject.

  5.   and said

    Well, a query, there is a plugin or code to implement, so that when assigning the ticket to 1 support member, it automatically sends an email to the person who generated the ticket, with the ticket number and name of the person who will attend it . Cheers..

  6.   sandra said

    Hello Lizard,

    A good review, yes sir, thank you for your recommendation.

    A greeting!

  7.   Gino said

    Good article, any recommendation to automate tickets using CSV files?

  8.   Alejandra Gonzalez said

    Goodnight! How do I get the notification to the mail only to the department in charge of solving the ticket and not to all the agents

  9.   Diego Villasis placeholder image said

    Good article and recommendations, you can recommend OSTicket for claims that are NOT from IT, but from the business, such as product quality claims, invoice claims, etc.
    Can the claims screen be customized with its own fields?
    Do you have an App to work from Android / IOS smartphones?

    Please excuse several things at the same time, I hope to receive your correct comments

  10.   mvalenzuela said

    GLPI is very complete, allows you to send emails, and be connected by LDAP

  11.   systemickets said

    Osticket is a very good choice for customer support, I used it for a long time in the company where I worked. That is why I have it within the list of the most used open source ticket systems. https://helpdeskpymes.com/herramientas-de-ticketing/

  12.   Juan Carlos Herrera Blandon said

    Friend how are you, then in this program you can also create an inventory system ??? How does GLPI do it ???

  13.   Nohel Guardiola said

    Good afternoon, Very good content, I only have one question regarding the operating system which you recommend to install OSticket

  14.   Alejandro Diaz said

    hi, is there an osTicket expert here or someone you recommend?

    regards

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