Because we want to create the best possible product for our users, we have a set of criteria to ensure that all submissions are acceptable:
- Features and improvements must be fully implemented so that they can be released at any time without additional work
- Automated unit and/or acceptance tests are mandatory to ensure the changes work as expected and to reduce repetitive manual work
- Frontend components must be responsive to work and look properly on phones, tablets, and desktop computers; you must have tested them on all major browsers and different devices
- Documentation and translation updates should be provided if needed
- In case you submit database-related changes, they must be tested and compatible with SQLite 3 and MariaDB 10.5.12+
These guidelines are not intended as a filter or barrier to participation. If you are unfamiliar with Open Source development, we will help you.
Contributor License Agreement¶
After you submit your first pull request, you will be asked to accept our Contributor License Agreement (CLA). Visit photoprism.app/cla to learn more.
How to Create and Submit a Pull Request¶
Fork our repository¶
- Click the Fork button in the header of our main repository
- Clone the forked repository on your local computer:
git clone https://github.com/[your username]/photoprism
- Connect your local to our "upstream" main repository by adding it as a remote:
git remote add upstream https://github.com/photoprism/photoprism.git
- Create a new branch from
develop- it should have a short and descriptive name (not "patch-1") that does not already exist, for example:
git checkout -b feature/your_feature_name
- See also https://guides.github.com/activities/forking/
Make your changes¶
- While you are working on it and your pull request is not merged yet, pull in changes from "upstream" often so that you stay up to date and there is a lower risk for merge conflicts:
git fetch upstream
git merge upstream/develop
- We recommend running tests after each change to make sure you didn't break anything:
- Add tests for any new code
- If you have questions about how to do this, please ask in your pull request
make fmtto ensure code is properly formatted according to our standards
- If all tests are green and you see no other errors, commit your changes. To reference related GitHub issues, please end your commit message with the issue ID like
git status -s
git add .
git commit -m "Your commit message #1234"
When you are ready...¶
- Verify you didn't forget to add / commit files, output of
git status -sshould be empty
- Push all commits to your forked remote repository on GitHub:
git push -u origin feature/your_feature_name
- Create a pull request with a helpful description of what it does
- Wait for us to perform a code review and fix the remaining issues, if any
- Update and/or add documentation if needed
- Sign the Contributor License Agreement (CLA)
You can also create a pull request if your changes are not yet complete or working. Just let us know it's in progress, so we don't try to merge them. We can help you with a code review or other feedback if needed. Please be patient with us.
Reviewing, testing, and finally merging pull requests requires significant resources on our side. If it's not just a small fix, it can take several months.
We operate a number of web services that help us develop and maintain our software in collaboration with the open source community, such as Weblate hosted at translate.photoprism.app to keep translations up to date.
Because many of these apps and tools were originally developed for internal use without a high level of privacy in mind, we ask that you do not enter personal information such as your real name or personal email address if you want it to remain private.
Be aware that such information may unexpectedly show up in logs, source code, translation files, commit messages, and pull request comments.