How to Contribute

Contributions are welcome! Not familiar with the codebase yet? No problem! There are many ways to contribute to open source projects: reporting bugs, helping with the documentation, spreading the word and of course, adding new features and patches.

Getting Started

  1. Make sure you have a GitHub account.
  2. Open a new issue, assuming one does not already exist.
  3. Clearly describe the issue including steps to reproduce when it is a bug.

Making Changes

  • Fork the repository on GitHub.
  • Create a topic branch from where you want to base your work.
  • This is usually the master branch.
  • Make commits of logical units (if needed rebase your feature branch before submitting it).
  • Check for unnecessary whitespace with git diff --check before committing.
  • Make sure your commit messages are in the proper format.
  • If your commit fixes an open issue, reference it in the commit message (#15).
  • Make sure your code conforms to PEP8 (we’re using flake8 for PEP8 and extra checks).
  • Make sure you have added the necessary tests for your changes.
  • Run all the tests to assure nothing else was accidentally broken.
  • Run again the entire suite via tox to check your changes against multiple python versions. pip install tox; tox
  • Don’t forget to add yourself to AUTHORS.

These guidelines also apply when helping with documentation (actually, for typos and minor additions you might choose to fork and edit). See also the running the tests section in the official documentation.

Submitting Changes

  • Push your changes to a topic branch in your fork of the repository.
  • Submit a Pull Request.
  • Wait for maintainer feedback.

Join us on IRC

If you’re interested in contributing to the Eve project or have questions about it come join us in our little #python-eve channel on It’s comfy and cozy over there.

First time contributor?

It’s alright. We’ve all been there. See next chapter.

Don’t know where to start?

There are usually several TODO comments scattered around the codebase, maybe check them out and see if you have ideas, or can help with them. Also, check the open issues in case there’s something that sparks your interest (there’s also a special contributor friendly label flagging some interesting feature requests). And what about documentation? I suck at English so if you’re fluent with it (or notice any typo and/or mistake), why not help with that? In any case, other than GitHub help pages, you might want to check this excellent Effective Guide to Pull Requests