Finding ways to contribute to open source on GitHub
You can find ways to contribute to open source projects on GitHub that are relevant to you.
In this article
- Discovering relevant projects
- Finding good first issues
- Open source projects with mirrors on GitHub
- Further reading
Discovering relevant projects
If there's a particular topic that interests you, visit
github.com/topics/<topic>. For example, if you are interested in machine learning, you can find relevant projects and good first issues by visiting https://github.com/topics/machine-learning. You can browse popular topics by visiting Topics. You can also search for repositories that match a topic you're interested in. For more information, see "Searching for repositories."
If you've been active on GitHub, you can find personalized recommendations for projects and good first issues based on your past contributions, stars, and other activities in Explore. You can also sign up for the Explore newsletter to receive emails about opportunities to contribute to GitHub based on your interests. To sign up, see Explore email newsletter.
Keep up with recent activity from repositories you watch and people you follow in the "All activity" section of your personal dashboard. For more information, see "About your personal dashboard."
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.
Finding good first issues
If you already know what project you want to work on, you can find beginner-friendly issues in that repository by visiting
github.com/<owner>/<repository>/contribute. For an example, you can find ways to make your first contribution to
electron/electron at https://github.com/electron/electron/contribute.
Open source projects with mirrors on GitHub
Some open-source projects provide mirrors on GitHub.com in addition to their official repositories, which are hosted elsewhere.
Here are a few prominent repositories that are mirrored on GitHub.com:
- The Apache Software Foundation
- The Chromium Project
- The Eclipse Foundation
- The FreeBSD Project
- The Glasgow Haskell Compiler
- The Linux kernel source tree
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."