Helping new contributors find your project with labels

Apply the help wanted and good first issue labels to issues in your repository to highlight opportunities for people to contribute to your project.

You can apply these labels to issues in your public repository so that people can find them when searching by labels. For more information about searching by labels, see "Searching issues and pull requests."

To attract new contributors, issues with labels that start with good first issue or help wanted are featured on the user dashboard, search, and topic pages. For more information on when you'll see repository updates on your user dashboard, see "About your personal dashboard."

Number of issues needing help highlighted under a repository search result

  1. On GitHub, navigate to the main page of the repository.

  2. Under your repository name, click Issues.

    Issues tab

  3. Select the checkbox next to the items you want to apply a label to.

    Issues metadata checkbox

  4. In the upper-right corner, click Label, then start typing help wanted or good first issue. You can click the label's name to associate it with the selected items, or you can edit the default label to add customized text after help wanted or good first issue.

    Issues Milestone assignment drop-down

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