Nitrate team welcomes and appreciates any kind of contribution from you in order to make Nitrate better and better. Anyone who is interested in Nitrate is able to contribute in various areas, whatever you are a good and experienced developer, documentation writer or even a normal user.


Testing, testing, and testing. Testing is the most important way to ensure the high quality of Nitrate to serve users. There are many areas to test, such as the features, documentation, translation, and any other aspects you may focus on. Once you find a problem, please search it in the Issues to see whether it has been reported by other people. If no one reported there yet, you are encouraged to file one with detailed and descriptive description.


Documentation has been provided along with the source code within docs/ directory. You could go through the documentation to find any potential problems, e.g. typos or out-of-date content.

Documentation is built using Sphinx. All content are written in reStructuredText format. You can use any your favourite text editor to edit it.


We are willing to make our contribution to benefit the world. To translate Nitrate to usual languages in the universe is a critial task. Your contribution is so important to everyone. Picking up and editing the PO file of specific language you are skilled in.

Before making pull request, make sure your translation have no grammatical mistakes and semantic errors. Feel free the look into to translation issues by consulting language experts around you when you hesitant.


Currently, Nitrate team only supports to distribute standard Python package and RPM package. You are encouraged to package for other package system, such as the deb package for Debian based Linux distributions.


If you are experiencing programming in Python and Django or interested in learning how to develop a website using Django, contributing patch to fix problems or improving features are both welcome. Please don’t be hesitated to contact Nitrate team to disucss your ideas and implement it. Following these steps to contribute code to Nitrate.

Get the code

Code is hosted in Github. Following the guide in Github to fork and clone code to your local machine. For example, I have forked Nitrate, then I can clone it

git clone[my github username]/Nitrate.git

Confirm the problem

Before making any changes to code, you should search in Issues to see whether someone else is working on the issue you want to fix. This is helpful to avoid duplicated work of you. Also, this is a good chance to communicate with the owner to share what you are thinking of.

If no issue there, create one and give detailed information as much as possible. If there is already an issue filed, and nobody takes it, then you can take it if you would like to fix it.

Hack, hack and hack

Happy hacking.

  1. create local branch based on the develop branch.

  2. hacking, hacking and hacking. Please do remember to write unit tests.

  3. test, test and test …

  4. when your code is ready, commit your changes with sign-off, push to your cloned repository, and make a pull request to develop branch.

Commit message format

A good commit message will help us to understand your contribution as easily and correctly as possible. Your commit message should follow this format:

summary to describe what this commit does

Arbitrary text to describe why you commit these code in detail

Fixes #N

Generally, the length of summary line should be limited within range 70-75. The remaining text should be wrapped at 79 character.

Sign-off commit

Every commit must be signed off with your name and email address. This can be done by specifying option -s to git commit, for example:

git commit -s -m "commit message"

The sign-off means you have read and agree to Developer Certificate of Origin. Nitrate uses version 1.1:

Developer Certificate of Origin
Version 1.1

Copyright (C) 2004, 2006 The Linux Foundation and its contributors.
1 Letterman Drive
Suite D4700
San Francisco, CA, 94129

Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this
license document, but changing it is not allowed.

Developer's Certificate of Origin 1.1

By making a contribution to this project, I certify that:

(a) The contribution was created in whole or in part by me and I
    have the right to submit it under the open source license
    indicated in the file; or

(b) The contribution is based upon previous work that, to the best
    of my knowledge, is covered under an appropriate open source
    license and I have the right under that license to submit that
    work with modifications, whether created in whole or in part
    by me, under the same open source license (unless I am
    permitted to submit under a different license), as indicated
    in the file; or

(c) The contribution was provided directly to me by some other
    person who certified (a), (b) or (c) and I have not modified

(d) I understand and agree that this project and the contribution
    are public and that a record of the contribution (including all
    personal information I submit with it, including my sign-off) is
    maintained indefinitely and may be redistributed consistent with
    this project or the open source license(s) involved.

Review & Acceptance

Till now, congratulations, you have contributed to Nitrate. Please be patient to wait for our review.