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Contributing to Mealie

Please Join the Discord. We are building a community of developers working on the project.

We Develop with GitHub

We use GitHub to host code, to track issues and feature requests, as well as accept pull requests.

We Use GitHub Flow, So All Code Changes Happen Through Pull Requests

Pull requests are the best way to propose changes to the codebase (we use GitHub Flow). We actively welcome your pull requests:

  1. Fork the repo and create your branch from mealie-next.
  2. Checkout the Discord, the PRs page, or the Projects page to get an idea of what's already being worked on.
  3. If you're interested on working on major changes please get in touch on discord and coordinate with other developers. No sense in doubling up on work if someones already on it.
  4. Once you've got an idea of what changes you want to make, create a draft PR as soon as you can to let us know what you're working on and how we can help!
  5. If you've changed APIs, update the documentation.
  6. Run tests, including task py:check.
  7. Issue that pull request! First make a draft PR, make sure that the automated GitHub tests all pass, then mark as ready for review. We follow Conventional Commits syntax; please title your PR as described in the PR template.
  8. Be sure to add release notes to the pull request.

Any contributions you make will be under the AGPL Software License

In short, when you submit code changes, your submissions are understood to be under the same AGPL License that covers the project. Feel free to contact the maintainers if that's a concern.

Report bugs using GitHub's issues

We use GitHub issues to track public bugs. Report a bug by opening a new issue; it's that easy!

Write bug reports with detail, background, and sample code

Great Bug Reports tend to have:

  • A quick summary and/or background
  • Steps to reproduce
    • Be specific!
    • Give sample code if you can. This stackoverflow question includes sample code that anyone with a base R setup can run to reproduce what I was seeing
  • What you expected would happen
  • What actually happens
  • Notes (possibly including why you think this might be happening, or stuff you tried that didn't work)

People love thorough bug reports. I'm not even kidding.


By contributing, you agree that your contributions will be licensed under its AGPL License.


This document was adapted from the open-source contribution guidelines for Facebook's Draft