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Getting Started: Quick Start

About this guide

This Quick Start guide is the TL;DR version of the longer end-to-end guide for people who don't want/need a longer explanation.

One-time Setup

  1. Create a GitHub account if you don't already have one.

  2. Set up 2 factor auth for your GitHub account.

  3. Install and set up Git; in the "Authenticating" step of that page use SSH instead of HTTPS.

  4. Install the latest LTS version of Node.js (which includes npm). An easy way to do so is with nvm. (Mac and Linux: here, Windows: here)

    nvm install --lts
  5. Install the stable version of Yarn. (Mac and Linux: here, Windows: here)

    curl -o- -L | bash

    An alternative to installing yarn is to invoke each Yarn command in this guide with npx yarn during local
    development. This will automatically use the current stable version of yarn.

  6. If you have a global install of Gulp, uninstall it. (Instructions here. See this article for why.)

    yarn global remove gulp
  7. Install the Gulp command line tool, which will automatically use the version of gulp packaged with the the amphtml repository. (Instructions here)

    yarn global add gulp-cli

    An alternative to installing gulp-cli is to invoke each Gulp command in this guide with npx gulp during local development. This will also use the version of gulp packaged with the amphtml repository.

  8. Create your own fork of the amphtml repository by clicking "Fork" in the Web UI. During local development, this will be referred to by git as origin.

  9. Download your fork to a local repository.

    git clone<your username>/amphtml.git
  10. Add an alias called upstream to refer to the main ampproject/amphtml repository. Go to the root directory of the newly created local repository directory and run:

    git remote add upstream
  11. Set up your local master branch to track upstream/master instead of origin/master (which will rapidly become outdated).

    git branch -u upstream/master master

Branch (do this each time you want a new branch)

Create and go to the branch:

git checkout -b <branch name> master

Build AMP & run a local server

  1. Make sure you have the latest packages (after you pull): yarn
  2. Start the server: gulp
  3. Access your server at http://localhost:8000
  4. Access your sample pages at http://localhost:8000/examples

Test AMP

  • Run the unit tests: gulp test --unit (doesn't build the runtime)
  • Run the integration tests: gulp test --integration (builds the runtime)
  • Run tests, but skip building after having done so previously: gulp test [--unit|--integration] --nobuild
  • Run the tests in a specified set of files: gulp test [--unit|--integration] --files=<test-files-path-glob>
  • Add the --watch flag to any gulp test command to automatically re-run the tests when a file changes
  • To run only a certain set of Mocha tests, change describe to describe.only for the tests you want to run; combine this with gulp test --watch to automatically rerun your test when files are changed (but make sure to run all the tests before sending your change for review)

Create commits to contain your changes

  1. Edit files in your favorite editor
  2. If your code requires a new dependency, run yarn add --dev --exact [packagename], which automatically updates package.json and yarn.lock
  3. If you manually edited package.json, run yarn to install the dependency and generate an updated yarn.lock file
  4. Add each file you change: git add <file>
  5. Create a commit: git commit -m "<your commit message>"
  6. To avoid having to run git add on each file, you can use git commit -a -m "<your commit message>" instead.

Pull the latest changes

  1. Check out the master branch: git checkout master

  2. Pull the latest changes: git pull

  3. Check out your branch: git checkout <branch name>

  4. Merge the changes to your branch: git merge master

    Note: You may need to resolve conflicting changes at this point.

Push your branch & create a Pull Request

  1. Pull the latest changes as described above.

  2. Push the changes:

    git checkout <branch name>
    git push -u origin <branch name>
  3. Go to and in the banner indicating you've recently pushed a branch, click the "Compare & pull request" (if this banner does not appear, go to your fork at<your username>/amphtml, choose your branch from the "Branch" dropdown and click "New pull request")

  4. Make sure you've signed the CLA (using the same email address as your git config indicates)

  5. If your reviewer requests changes make them locally and then repeat the steps in this section to push the changes to your branch back up to GitHub again.

  6. For pushes after the first, just use git push

  7. If you don't get a new review within 2 business days, feel free to ping the pull request by adding a comment.

  8. If you see visual diffs reported by Percy, and want to access the results, fill out this form.

  9. Once approved your changes are merged into the amphtml repository by a core committer (you don't do this merge).

Delete your branch after your changes are merged (optional)

  1. Go to the master branch: git checkout master
  2. Delete your local branch: git branch -D <branch name>
  3. Delete the corresponding GitHub fork branch: git push -d origin <branch name>

See your changes in production

  • If your change affected internal documentation, tests, the build process, etc. you can generally see your changes right after they're merged.
  • If your change was to the code that runs on AMP pages across the web, you'll have to wait for the change to be included in a production release. Generally, it takes about 1-2 weeks for a change to be live for all users. See the release schedule for more specific details.
  • The amphtml Releases page will list your PR in the first build that contains it. Pre-release is the build on the Dev Channel, Latest Release is the build in production.
  • Opt in to using the Dev Channel in a browser by enabling dev-channel on the AMP Experiments page.
  • Find the AMP version being used on a page in the developer console, i.e. Powered by AMP ⚡ HTML – Version <build number>.