Finding open source projects on GitHub

You can find new and interesting open source projects to work on by browsing Explore, looking through recommended projects, connecting with the GitHub community, and searching for repositories by topics or labels.

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Exploring the GitHub community

Use Explore to browse collections of curated content related to a particular field, find curated topic pages, and stay up-to-date with currently trending repositories.

You can also sign up for the Explore newsletter to receive emails about recently trending repositories.

You can connect with developers around the world in the GitHub Community Forum to ask and answer questions, learn, and interact directly with GitHub staff.

Discovering relevant projects

You can find projects to contribute to on your personal dashboard.

  • Keep up with recent activity in repositories you watch and of people you follow in the "All activity" section of your news feed.
  • Find repositories similar to the repositories you or people you follow have starred, using the "Discover repositories" section on the right side of your personal dashboard. You can also view recommended repositories by visiting

To keep track of repositories you find interesting, you can click Star next to items in your news feed. If you no longer want to see a recommendation, you can click Dismiss.

For more information, see "About your personal dashboard."

Searching for repositories using topics

If you find a repository that's classified with a topic you're interested in, you can click the topic to see related topics and find more repositories with that topic. For more information, see "Classifying your repository with topics."

Main page of the test repository showing topics

You can also search for a popular topic. For more information, see "Searching for repositories."

Searching using labels

You can search for labels on issues and pull requests to find projects that are actively seeking contributors. For example, if you are a first time contributor, search for issues with the good first issue label to find projects to start on.

You can also search issues and pull requests with the help wanted label to find projects that are actively seeking contributions. For more information on GitHub-provided labels, see "About labels."

For more information on how to search for labels, see "Searching issues and pull requests."

Open source projects with mirrors on GitHub

Some open-source projects provide mirrors on in addition to their official repositories, which are hosted elsewhere.

Here are a few prominent repositories that are mirrored on

To set up your own mirror, you can configure a post-receive hook on your official project repository to automatically push commits to a mirror repository on GitHub.

You can search repositories based on whether they're a mirror. To learn more, see "Searching for repositories."

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