# Contributing to Node.js
## Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct explains the *bare minimum* behavior
expectations the Node Foundation requires of its contributors.
[Please read it before participating.](./CODE_OF_CONDUCT.md)
## Issue Contributions
When opening new issues or commenting on existing issues on this repository
please make sure discussions are related to concrete technical issues with the
For general help using Node.js, please file an issue at the
[Node.js help repository](https://github.com/nodejs/help/issues).
Discussion of non-technical topics including subjects like intellectual
property, trademark, and high level project questions should move to the
[Technical Steering Committee (TSC)](https://github.com/nodejs/TSC/issues)
## Code Contributions
The Node.js project has an open governance model and welcomes new contributors.
Individuals making significant and valuable contributions are made
_Collaborators_ and given commit-access to the project. See the
[GOVERNANCE.md](./GOVERNANCE.md) document for more information about how this
This document will guide you through the contribution process.
### Step 1: Fork
Fork the project [on GitHub](https://github.com/nodejs/node) and check out your
$ git clone email@example.com:username/node.git
$ cd node
$ git remote add upstream git://github.com/nodejs/node.git
#### Which branch?
For developing new features and bug fixes, the `master` branch should be pulled
and built upon.
#### Respect the stability index
The rules for the master branch are less strict; consult the
[stability index](./doc/api/documentation.md#stability-index) for details.
In a nutshell, modules are at varying levels of API stability. Bug fixes are
always welcome but API or behavioral changes to modules at stability level 3
(Locked) are off-limits.
Node.js has several bundled dependencies in the *deps/* and the *tools/*
directories that are not part of the project proper. Any changes to files
in those directories or its subdirectories should be sent to their respective
projects. Do not send a patch to Node.js. We cannot accept such patches.
In case of doubt, open an issue in the
[issue tracker](https://github.com/nodejs/node/issues/) or contact one of the
Especially do so if you plan to work on something big. Nothing is more
frustrating than seeing your hard work go to waste because your vision
does not align with the project team. (Node.js has two IRC channels:
[#Node.js](http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=node.js) for general help and
[#Node-dev](http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=node-dev) for development of
Node.js core specifically.
For instructions on updating the version of V8 included in the *deps/*
directory, please refer to [the Maintaining V8 in Node.js guide](https://github.com/nodejs/node/blob/master/doc/guides/maintaining-V8.md).
### Step 2: Branch
Create a branch and start hacking:
$ git checkout -b my-branch -t origin/master
Any text you write should follow the [Style Guide](doc/STYLE_GUIDE.md),
including comments and API documentation.
### Step 3: Commit
Make sure git knows your name and email address:
$ git config --global user.name "J. Random User"
$ git config --global user.email "firstname.lastname@example.org"
Add and commit:
$ git add my/changed/files
$ git commit
Writing good commit logs is important. A commit log should describe what
changed and why. Follow these guidelines when writing one:
1. The first line should be 50 characters or less and contain a short
description of the change. All words in the description should be in
lowercase with the exception of proper nouns, acronyms, and the ones that
refer to code, like function/variable names. The description should
be prefixed with the name of the changed subsystem and start with an
imperative verb. Example: "net: add localAddress and localPort
2. Keep the second line blank.
3. Wrap all other lines at 72 columns.
A good commit log can look something like this:
subsystem: explaining the commit in one line
Body of commit message is a few lines of text, explaining things
in more detail, possibly giving some background about the issue
being fixed, etc.
The body of the commit message can be several paragraphs, and
please do proper word-wrap and keep columns shorter than about
72 characters or so. That way, `git log` will show things
nicely even when it is indented.
The header line should be meaningful; it is what other people see when they
run `git shortlog` or `git log --oneline`.
Check the output of `git log --oneline files_that_you_changed` to find out
what subsystem (or subsystems) your changes touch.
If your patch fixes an open issue, you can add a reference to it at the end
of the log. Use the `Fixes:` prefix and the full issue URL. For example:
### Step 4: Rebase
Use `git rebase` (not `git merge`) to sync your work from time to time.
$ git fetch upstream
$ git rebase upstream/master
### Step 5: Test
Bug fixes and features **should come with tests**. Add your tests in the
`test/parallel/` directory. For guidance on how to write a test for the Node.js
project, see this [guide](./doc/guides/writing-tests.md). Looking at other tests
to see how they should be structured can also help.
To run the tests on Unix / OS X:
$ ./configure && make -j8 test
> vcbuild test
(See the [BUILDING.md](./BUILDING.md) for more details.)
Make sure the linter does not report any issues and that all tests pass. Please
do not submit patches that fail either check.
Running `make test`/`vcbuild test` will run the linter as well unless one or
more tests fail.
If you want to run the linter without running tests, use
`make lint`/`vcbuild lint`.
If you are updating tests and just want to run a single test to check it, you
can use this syntax to run it exactly as the test harness would:
$ python tools/test.py -v --mode=release parallel/test-stream2-transform
You can run tests directly with node:
$ ./node ./test/parallel/test-stream2-transform.js
Remember to recompile with `make -j8` in between test runs if you change
### Step 6: Push
$ git push origin my-branch
Go to https://github.com/yourusername/node and select your branch.
Click the 'Pull Request' button and fill out the form.
Pull requests are usually reviewed within a few days.
### Step 7: Discuss and update
You will probably get feedback or requests for changes to your Pull Request.
This is a big part of the submission process so don't be disheartened!
To make changes to an existing Pull Request, make the changes to your branch.
When you push that branch to your fork, GitHub will automatically update the
You can push more commits to your branch:
$ git add my/changed/files
$ git commit
$ git push origin my-branch
Or you can rebase against master:
$ git fetch --all
$ git rebase origin/master
$ git push --force-with-lease origin my-branch
Or you can amend the last commit (for example if you want to change the commit
$ git add any/changed/files
$ git commit --amend
$ git push --force-with-lease origin my-branch
**Important:** The `git push --force-with-lease` command is one of the few ways
to delete history in git. Before you use it, make sure you understand the risks.
If in doubt, you can always ask for guidance in the Pull Request or on
[IRC in the #node-dev channel](https://webchat.freenode.net?channels=node-dev&uio=d4).
Feel free to post a comment in the Pull Request to ping reviewers if you are
awaiting an answer on something. If you encounter words or acronyms that
seem unfamiliar, refer to this
Note that multiple commits often get squashed when they are landed (see the
notes about [commit squashing](#commit-squashing)).
### Step 8: Landing
In order to land, a Pull Request needs to be reviewed and
at least one Node.js Collaborator and pass a
[CI (Continuous Integration) test run](#ci-testing).
After that, as long as there are no objections
from a Collaborator, the Pull Request can be merged. If you find your
Pull Request waiting longer than you expect, see the
[notes about the waiting time](#waiting-until-the-pull-request-gets-landed).
When a collaborator lands your Pull Request, they will post
a comment to the Pull Request page mentioning the commit(s) it
landed as. GitHub often shows the Pull Request as `Closed` at this
point, but don't worry. If you look at the branch you raised your
Pull Request against (probably `master`), you should see a commit with
your name on it. Congratulations and thanks for your contribution!
## Additional Notes
### Commit Squashing
When the commits in your Pull Request land, they will be squashed
into one commit per logical change. Metadata will be added to the commit
message (including links to the Pull Request, links to relevant issues,
and the names of the reviewers). The commit history of your Pull Request,
however, will stay intact on the Pull Request page.
For the size of "one logical change",
can be a good example. It touches the implementation, the documentation,
and the tests, but is still one logical change. In general, the tests should
always pass when each individual commit lands on the master branch.
### Getting Approvals for Your Pull Request
A Pull Request is approved either by saying LGTM, which stands for
"Looks Good To Me", or by using GitHub's Approve button.
GitHub's Pull Request review feature can be used during the process.
For more information, check out
[the video tutorial](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HW0RPaJqm4g)
or [the official documentation](https://help.github.com/articles/reviewing-changes-in-pull-requests/).
After you push new changes to your branch, you need to get
approval for these new changes again, even if GitHub shows "Approved"
because the reviewers have hit the buttons before.
### CI Testing
Every Pull Request needs to be tested
to make sure that it works on the platforms that Node.js
supports. This is done by running the code through the CI system.
Only a Collaborator can start a CI run. Usually one of them will do it
for you as approvals for the Pull Request come in.
If not, you can ask a Collaborator to start a CI run.
### Waiting Until the Pull Request Gets Landed
A Pull Request needs to stay open for at least 48 hours (72 hours on a
weekend) from when it is submitted, even after it gets approved and
passes the CI. This is to make sure that everyone has a chance to
weigh in. If the changes are trivial, collaborators may decide it
doesn't need to wait. A Pull Request may well take longer to be
merged in. All these precautions are important because Node.js is
widely used, so don't be discouraged!
### Check Out the Collaborator's Guide
If you want to know more about the code review and the landing process,
you can take a look at the
## 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.