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If you are contributing to the RSSerpent core (or any existing RSerpent plugin project), read this tutorial to understand the general workflow.


Take the RSSerpent core for example:

On GitHub, navigate to the repository of the project you want to contribute. Click the Fork button on the top-right corner to create a replicate of the original repository owned by yourself.


Read GitHub's document to further understand forks.


Clone your forked repository locally. In your terminal, use cd to enter the directory and run:

poetry install
poetry run pre-commit install -t pre-commit -t commit-msg

This will install project dependencies as well as pre-commit hooks. Depending on your network connection, it may take up to several minutes to install project dependencies.


Read GitHub's document to further understand cloning.

It's recommended to use an SSH key (instead of password) to connect to GitHub. Read GitHub's this document on how to configure SSH keys.


In you local repository, create a new branch by running git checkout -b <branch name>. Do all you work on this branch, instead of the master (or main) branch. This will keep your fork free of conflict with the original repository.

Generally we use a different branch for each pull request.


It's a convention to name your branch feat/xxx if you are working on a new feature, or fix/xxx if you are trying to fix a bug.

Pull Request

After you commit changes locally, you need to push these commits to the remote GitHub repository. For the first push on any branch, run git push -u origin <branch name>; after that you can just run git push for convenience.

After pushing, open the browser, navigate to your forked repository. You will see a Pull request button above the list of files. Click that button to create a pull request, so that you could submit your work to the original repository. The maintainer of the original repository will then decide whether or not to accept your pull request.


Read GitHub's document to further understand pull requests.

Further Steps

So far this tutorial is focused on discussing the general workflow of contributing to the RSSerpent core. If you are looking for some specific problem to work on, you may:

  • Skim through the list of issues/discussions, find something you are interested in, claim the issue/discussion, and then submit a pull request.
  • Find a bug, create an issue to report the bug, and then if you can, submit a pull request that will resolve this issue.
  • Come up with an idea of some new feature, create a discussion thread to see if the maintainer will accept this feature, and then if you can and the maintainer will, submit a pull request implementing this new feature.

Last update: 2022-03-18
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