Contributing to Django¶
Django is a community that lives on its volunteers. As it keeps growing, we always need more people to help others. As soon as you learn Django, you can contribute in many ways:
- Join the Django forum. This forum is a place for discussing the Django framework and applications and projects that use it. This is also a good place to ask and answer any questions related to installing, using, or contributing to Django.
- Join the django-users mailing list and answer questions. This mailing list has a huge audience, and we really want to maintain a friendly and helpful atmosphere. If you’re new to the Django community, you should read the posting guidelines.
- Join the #django IRC channel on Freenode and answer questions. By explaining Django to other users, you’re going to learn a lot about the framework yourself.
- Blog about Django. We syndicate all the Django blogs we know about on the community page; if you’d like to see your blog on that page you can register it here.
- Contribute to open-source Django projects, write some documentation, or release your own code as an open-source pluggable application. The ecosystem of pluggable applications is a big strength of Django, help us build it!
If you think working with Django is fun, wait until you start working on it. We’re passionate about helping Django users make the jump to contributing members of the community, so there are several ways you can help Django’s development:
- Report bugs in our ticket tracker.
- Join the django-developers mailing list and share your ideas for how to improve Django. We’re always open to suggestions. You can also interact on the #django-dev IRC channel.
- Submit patches for new and/or fixed behavior. If you’re looking for a way to get started contributing to Django read the Writing your first patch for Django tutorial and have a look at the easy pickings tickets. The Patch review checklist will also be helpful.
- Improve the documentation or write unit tests.
- Triage tickets and review patches created by other users.
Really, ANYONE can do something to help make Django better and greater!
Browse the following sections to find out how:
- Advice for new contributors
- Reporting bugs and requesting features
- Triaging tickets
- Writing code
- Writing documentation
- Getting the raw documentation
- Getting started with Sphinx
- How the documentation is organized
- Writing style
- Commonly used terms
- Django-specific terminology
- Guidelines for reStructuredText files
- Django-specific markup
- Documenting new features
- Minimizing images
- An example
- Spelling check
- Translating documentation
- Localizing Django
- Committing code