Adopt a code of conduct to define community standards, signal a welcoming and inclusive project, and outline procedures for handling abuse.

A code of conduct defines standards for how to engage in a community. It signals an inclusive environment that respects all contributions. It also outlines procedures for addressing problems between members of your project's community.

Before adopting a code of conduct for your project:

  • Research different codes of conduct designed for open source projects. Choose one that reflects your community's standards.
  • Consider carefully whether you are willing and able to enforce it.

  1. Research codes of conduct designed for open source projects and find one that matches the standards you want for your contributor community.
  2. On GitHub, navigate to the main page of the repository.

  3. Above the file list, click Create new file. The New file button

  4. In the file name field, type CODE_OF_CONDUCT.md (with all caps).

  5. Paste the contents of the code of conduct that you have selected into the text area. Be sure to follow the attribution guidelines from the source of your code of conduct as needed.

  6. At the bottom of the page, type a short, meaningful commit message that describes the change you made to the file. Commit message for your change

  7. Below the commit message fields, decide whether to add your commit to the current branch or to a new branch. If your current branch is master, you should choose to create a new branch for your commit and then create a pull request. Commit branch options

  8. Click Propose new file. Commit new file button