Contributing Overview#

RhodeCode Community Edition is an open source code management platform. We encourage contributions to our project from the community. This is a basic overview of the procedures for adding your contribution to RhodeCode.

Check the Issue Tracker#

Make an account at and browse the current tickets for bugs to fix and tasks to do. Have a bug or feature that you can’t find in the tracker? Create a new issue for it. When you select a ticket, make sure to assign it to yourself and mark it “in progress” to avoid duplicated work.

Sign Up at

Make an account at using an email or your existing GitHub, Bitbucket, Google, or Twitter account. Fork the repo you’d like to contribute to; we suggest adding your username to the fork name. Clone your fork to your computer. We use Mercurial for source control management; see to get started quickly.

Set Up A Local Instance#

You will need to set up an instance of RhodeCode CE using VCSServer so that you can see your work locally as you make changes. We recommend using Linux for this but it can also be built on OSX.

See Development setup for instructions.


You can now make, see, and test your changes locally. We are always improving to keep our code clean and the cost of maintaining it low. This applies in the same way for contributions. We run automated checks on our pull requests, and expect understandable code. We also aim to provide test coverage for as much of our codebase as possible; any new features should be augmented with tests.

Keep in mind that when we accept your contribution, we also take responsibility for it; we must understand it to take on that responsibility.

See Contribution Standards for more detailed information.

Commit And Push Your Changes#

We highly recommend making a new bookmark for each feature, bug, or set of commits you make so that you can point to it when creating your pull request. Please also reference the ticket number in your commit messages. Don’t forget to push the bookmark!

Submit a Pull Request#

Go to your fork, and choose “Create Pull Request” from the Options menu. Use your bookmark as the source, and choose someone to review it. Don’t worry about chosing the right person; we’ll assign the best contributor for the job. You’ll get feedback and an assigned status.

Be prepared to make updates to your pull request after some feedback. Collaboration is part of the process and improvements can often be made.

Sign the Contributor License Agreement#

If your contribution is approved, you will need to virtually sign the license agreement in order for it to be merged into the project’s codebase.

You can read it on our website at

To sign electronically, go to

That’s it! We’ll take it from there. Thanks for your contribution!#


If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us through either the community portal(, IRC (, or Slack (