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There are many ways in which you can contribute, beyond writing code. The goal of this document is to provide a high-level overview of how you can get involved.

Please note: At Factly, we take security and our users' trust very seriously. If you believe you have found a security issue in any of our applications, please responsibly disclose by contacting us at [email protected].

First: As a potential contributor, your changes and ideas are welcome at any hour of the day or night, weekdays, weekends, and holidays. Please do not ever hesitate to ask a question or send a pull request.

If you are unsure, just ask or submit the issue or pull request anyways. You won't be yelled at for giving it your best effort. The worst that can happen is that you'll be politely asked to change something. We appreciate any sort of contributions, and don't want a wall of rules to get in the way of that.

That said, if you want to ensure that a pull request is likely to be merged, talk to us! You can find out our thoughts and ensure that your contribution won't clash or be obviated by the product's normal direction. A great way to do this is via the project's Github Discuccions page or Factly's Chat.


How can I contribute?#

If you want to start contributing code right away, we have a list of issues labelled good first issue on our GitHub issues page.

There are many other ways you can contribute without writing any code. Here are a few things you can do to help out:

  • Give us a star. It may not seem like much, but it really makes a difference. This is something that everyone can do to help with the projects developed at Factly Labs. Github stars help our projects gain visibility and stand out.

  • Join the community. Sometimes helping people can be as easy as listening to their problems and offering a different perspective. Join our Slack, have a look at discussions in the forum. More info on this in Communication.

  • Helping with open issues. We have a lot of open issues for various projects at Factly Labs and some of them may lack necessary information, some are duplicates of older issues. You can help out by guiding people through the process of filling out the issue template, asking for clarifying information, or pointing them to existing issues that match their description of the problem.

  • Reviewing documentation changes. Most documentation just needs a review for proper spelling and grammar. If you think a document can be improved in any way, feel free to hit the edit button at the top of the page. More info on contributing to documentation here.

  • Help with tests. Some pull requests may lack proper tests or test plans. These are needed for the change to be implemented safely.

Contributing Code#

Unless you are fixing a known bug, we strongly recommend discussing it with the core team via a GitHub issue or in our chat before getting started to ensure your work is consistent with the product roadmap and architecture.

All contributions are made via pull requests. To make a pull request, you will need a GitHub account; if you are unclear on this process, see GitHub's documentation on forking and pull requests. Pull requests should be targeted at the develop branch. Before creating a pull request, go through this checklist:

  1. Create a feature branch off of develop so that changes do not get mixed up.
  2. Rebase your local changes against the develop branch.
  3. For Golang tests, navigate to server/test(or equivalent golang code directory) and run the test suite with the go test ./... command and confirm that it passes.
  4. Ensure that each commit has a descriptive prefix. This ensures a uniform commit history and helps structure the changelog.
    Please refer to this list of prefixes for Hydra for an overview.

If a pull request is not ready to be reviewed yet it should be marked as a "Draft".

When pull requests fail testing, authors are expected to update their pull requests to address the failures until the tests pass.

Pull requests eligible for review

  1. follow the repository's code formatting conventions;
  2. include tests which prove that the change works as intended and does not add regressions;
  3. document the changes in the code and/or the project's documentation;
  4. pass the CI pipeline;
  5. include a proper git commit message following the Conventional Commit Specification.

If all of these items are checked, the pull request is ready to be reviewed and you should change the status to "Ready for review" and request review from a maintainer.

Reviewers will approve the pull request once they are satisfied with the patch.


Please provide documentation when changing, removing, or adding features. Documentation for the project resides in its GitHub repository in the website directory.

Disclosing vulnerabilities#

Do not use GitHub issues when reporting security issues. Please disclose vulnerabilities exclusively to [email protected].

Code Style#

Please follow these guidelines when formatting source code:

  • Go code should match the output of gofmt -s and pass golangci-lint run.
  • NodeJS and JavaScript code should be prettified using npm run format where appropriate.

Working with Forks#

# First you clone the original repositorygit clone [email protected]:factly/factly/<PROJECT-NAME>.git
# Next you add a git remote that is your fork:git remote add fork [email protected]:<YOUR-GITHUB-USERNAME-HERE>/factly/<PROJECT-NAME>.git
# Next you fetch the latest changes from origin for master:git fetch origingit checkout mastergit pull --rebase
# Next you create a new feature branch off of master:git checkout my-feature-branch
# Now you do your work and commit your changes:git add -Agit commit -a -m "fix: this is the subject line" -m "This is the body line. Closes #123"
# And the last step is pushing this to your forkgit push -u fork my-feature-branch

Now go to the project's GitHub Pull Request page and click "New pull request"


Whether you are a regular contributor or a newcomer, we care about making this community a safe place for you and we've got your back. Please read our code of conduct page for further details.

We welcome discussion about creating a welcoming, safe, and productive environment for the community. If you have any questions, feedback, or concerns please let us know.