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Sign the CLA

This page is the step-by-step guide to signing the Medium Contributors License Agreement. It's easy and pretty painless! For an explanation about why we ask you to do this, see the CLA Rationale page.

  1. First and foremost, read the current version of the CLA. It is written to be as close to plain English as possible.

  2. Make an account on GitHub if you don't already have one.

  3. File a pull request on this project (the Medium Open Source Umbrella Project), as outlined below.

  4. Email the Medium Open Sourceror, as outlined below.

  5. Wait for a Medium team member to merge your pull request. You may start opening pull requests for the project you're contributing to but we will only be able to merge your contributions after your signed CLA is merged.

If you wish to, you may also file the CLA in paper form. Please see the instructions on the paper CLA page for details.

Filing the Pull Request

If you don't yet know how to file a pull request, read GitHub's document about it.

Make your pull request be the addition of a single file to the contributors directory of this project. Name the file with the same name as your GitHub userid, with .md appended to the end. For example, for the user danfuzz, the full path to the file would be contributors/

Put the following in the file:


I hereby agree to the terms of the Contributors License
Agreement, version 2.0, with MD5 checksum

I furthermore declare that I am authorized and able to make this
agreement and sign this declaration.


[your name][your github userid]

Replace the bracketed text as follows:

  • [date] with today's date, in the unambiguous numeric form YYYY-MM-DD.
  • [your name] with your name.
  • [your github userid] with your GitHub userid.

You can confirm the MD5 checksum of the CLA by running the md5 program over

MD5 ( = 143da42902fd29612270cc1e4c7b5296

If the output is different from above, do not sign the CLA and let us know.

That's it!

Sending the Email

Send an email to Medium's official Open Sourceror at, with the subject "CLA" and the following body:

I submitted a pull request to indicate agreement to the terms
of the Contributors License Agreement.


[your name][your github userid]
[your address]
[your phone number]

Replace the bracketed text as follows:

  • [your name] with your name.
  • [your github userid] with your GitHub userid.
  • [your address] with a physical mailing address at which you can be contacted.
  • [your phone number] with a phone number at which you can be contacted.