Patchwork is a web-based patch tracking system designed to facilitate the contribution and management of contributions to an open-source project.
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Latest commit 177fe83 Jan 23, 2017 @stephenfin stephenfin migrations: Don't use 'noop'
The 'noop' operation was introduced in Django 1.8, meaning this
operation won't work on Django 1.7. Travis caught this, though I don't
know how it was missed locally.

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Fixes: e3cbe49 ("models: Add 'project' field to Series")


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Patchwork is a patch tracking system for community-based projects. It is intended to make the patch management process easier for both the project's contributors and maintainers, leaving time for the more important (and more interesting) stuff.

Patches that have been sent to a mailing list are "caught" by the system, and appear on a web page. Any comments posted that reference the patch are appended to the patch page too. The project's maintainer can then scan through the list of patches, marking each with a certain state, such as Accepted, Rejected or Under Review. Old patches can be sent to the archive or deleted.

Currently, Patchwork is being used for a number of open-source projects, mostly subsystems of the Linux kernel. Although Patchwork has been developed with the kernel workflow in mind, the aim is to be flexible enough to suit the majority of community projects.

Development Installation

Docker is the recommended installation methods for a Patchwork development environment. To install Patchwork:

  1. Install Docker and docker-compose.
  2. Clone the Patchwork repo:

    $ git clone
  3. Build the images. This will download over 200MB from the internet:

    $ docker-compose build
  4. Run docker-compose up:

    $ docker-compose up

The Patchwork instance will now be deployed at http://localhost:8000/.

For more information, including helpful command line options and alternative installation methods, refer to the development installation guide.

Talks and Presentations

Additional Information

For further information, please refer to the docs.


For bug reports, patch submissions or other questions, please use the Patchwork mailing list.