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How to Contribute

When submitting a pull request (PR), please use the following guidelines:

  • Make sure your code respects existing formatting conventions. In general, follow the same coding style as the code that you are modifying.
  • For Intellij you can import our code style settings xml: druid_intellij_formatting.xml.
  • For Eclipse you can import our code style settings xml: eclipse_formatting.xml.
  • Do add/update documentation appropriately for the change you are making.
  • If you are introducing a new feature you may want to first submit your idea for feedback to the mailing list. Non-trivial features should include unit tests covering the new functionality.
  • Bugfixes should include a unit test or integration test reproducing the issue.
  • Do not use author tags/information in the code.
  • Always include license header on each java file your create. See this example
  • Try to keep pull requests short and submit separate ones for unrelated features, but feel free to combine simple bugfixes/tests into one pull request.
  • Keep the number of commits small and combine commits for related changes. Each commit should compile on its own and ideally pass tests.
  • Keep formatting changes in separate commits to make code reviews easier and distinguish them from actual code changes.

GitHub Workflow

  1. Fork the druid-io/druid repository into your GitHub account

  2. Clone your fork of the GitHub repository

    git clone<username>/druid.git

    replace <username> with your GitHub username.

  3. Add a remote to keep up with upstream changes

    git remote add upstream

    If you already have a copy, fetch upstream changes

    git fetch upstream
  4. Create a feature branch to work in

    git checkout -b feature-xxx remotes/upstream/master
  5. Work in your feature branch

    git commit -a
  6. Periodically rebase your changes

    git pull --rebase
  7. When done, combine ("squash") related commits into a single one

    git rebase -i upstream/master

    This will open your editor and allow you to re-order commits and merge them:

    • Re-order the lines to change commit order (to the extent possible without creating conflicts)
    • Prefix commits using s (squash) or f (fixup) to merge extraneous commits.
  8. Submit a pull-request

    git push origin feature-xxx

    Go to your Druid fork main page<username>/druid

    If you recently pushed your changes GitHub will automatically pop up a Compare & pull request button for any branches you recently pushed to. If you click that button it will automatically offer you to submit your pull-request to the druid-io/druid repository.

    • Give your pull-request a meaningful title.
    • In the description, explain your changes and the problem they are solving.
  9. Addressing code review comments

    Repeat steps 5. through 7. to address any code review comments and rebase your changes if necessary.

    Push your updated changes to update the pull request

    git push origin [--force] feature-xxx

    --force may be necessary to overwrite your existing pull request in case your commit history was changed when performing the rebase.

    Note: Be careful when using --force since you may lose data if you are not careful.

    git push origin --force feature-xxx


Help! I merged changes from upstream and cannot figure out how to resolve conflicts when rebasing!

Never fear! If you occasionally merged upstream/master, here is another way to squash your changes into a single commit:

  1. First, rename your existing branch to something else, e.g. feature-xxx-unclean

    git branch -m feature-xxx-unclean
  2. Checkout a new branch with the original name feature-xxx from upstream. This branch will supercede our old one.

    git checkout -b feature-xxx upstream/master
  3. Then merge your changes in your original feature branch feature-xxx-unclean and create a single commit.

    git merge --squash feature-xxx-unclean
    git commit
  4. You can now submit this new branch and create or replace your existing pull request.

    git push origin [--force] feature-xxx:feature-xxx