If you would like to contribute to the project, please do not hesitate to get involved! Here you can find how best to get started.

Contributing to Errbot itself

Clone Errbot

All development on Errbot happens on GitHub. If you’d like to get involved, just fork the repository and make changes in your own repo. When you are satisfied with your changes, just open a pull request with us and we’ll get it reviewed as soon as we can! Depending on our thoughts, we might decide to merge it in right away, or we may ask you to change certain parts before we will accept the change.

Run Errbot from source

Clone you github fork repo locally and install errbot in development mode from the root of the repo with:

pip install -e .

From there, anytime you execute errbot it will run from the checked out version of Errbot with all your local changes taken into account.

Preparing your pull request

In order to make the process easy for everyone involved, please follow these guidelines as you open a pull request.

  • Make your changes on a separate branch, preferably giving it a descriptive name.

  • Split your work up into smaller commits if possible, while making sure each commit can still function on its own. Do not commit work-in-progress code - commit it once it’s working.

  • Run tox before opening your pull request, and make sure all tests pass. You can install tox with pip install tox

  • If you can, please add tests for your code. We know large parts of our codebase are missing tests, so we won’t reject your code if it lacks tests, though.

Contributing documentation & making changes to the website is created using Sphinx, which also doubles as a generator for our (API) documentation. The code for it is in the same repository as Errbot itself, inside the docs folder. To make changes to the documentation or the website, you can build the HTML locally as follows:

# Install the required extra dependencies from the root of the repository.
pip install -r docs/requirements.txt
# Go into the docs directory
cd docs/
# Generate the static HTML
make html
# Then, open the generated _build/html/index.html in a browser

To submit your changes back to us, please make your change in a separate branch as described in the previous section, then open a pull request with us.


You must do this with Python 3, Python 2 is unsupported.

Issues and feature requests

Please report issues or feature requests on the issue tracker on GitHub.

When reporting issues, please be as specific as possible. Include things such as your Python version, platform, debug logs, and a description of what is happening. If you can tell us how to reproduce the issue ourselves, this makes it a lot easier for us to figure out what is going on, as well.

Getting help

The best place to get help if you get stuck with anything is to ask for advice on our Gitter chat room. If nobody is around to help you, opening an issue on the issue tracker is your next best option.

If you have a code-related question concerning (plugin) development it’s best to ask your question on Stack Overflow, tagged errbot.