Get Zulip code
Zulip uses a forked-repo and rebase-oriented workflow.. This means that all contributors create a fork of the Zulip repository they want to contribute to and then submit pull requests to the upstream repository to have their contributions reviewed and accepted. We also recommend you work on feature branches.
Step 1a: Create your fork
The following steps you'll only need to do the first time you setup a machine for contributing to a given Zulip project. You'll need to repeat the steps for any additional Zulip projects (list) that you work on.
Step 1b: Clone to your machine
Next, clone your fork to your local machine:
$ git clone --config pull.rebase firstname.lastname@example.org:christi3k/zulip.git Cloning into 'zulip' remote: Counting objects: 86768, done. remote: Compressing objects: 100% (15/15), done. remote: Total 86768 (delta 5), reused 1 (delta 1), pack-reused 86752 Receiving objects: 100% (86768/86768), 112.96 MiB | 523.00 KiB/s, done. Resolving deltas: 100% (61106/61106), done. Checking connectivity... done.
--config pull.rebase option configures Git so that
will behave like
git pull --rebase by default. Using
git pull --rebase to update your changes to resolve merge conflicts is
expected by essentially all of open source projects, including Zulip.
You can also set that option after cloning using
git config --add pull.rebase true, or just be careful to always run
git pull --rebase, never
Note: If you receive an error while cloning, you may not have added your ssh key to GitHub.
Once the repository is cloned, we recommend running setup-git-repo to install Zulip's pre-commit hook which runs the Zulip linters on the changed files when you commit.
Step 1c: Connect your fork to Zulip upstream
First, show the currently configured remote repository:
$ git remote -v origin email@example.com:YOUR_USERNAME/zulip.git (fetch) origin firstname.lastname@example.org:YOUR_USERNAME/zulip.git (push)
Note: If you've cloned the repository using a graphical client, you may already
have the upstream remote repository configured. For example, when you clone
zulip/zulip with the GitHub desktop client it configures
the remote repository
zulip and you see the following output from
git remote -v:
origin email@example.com:YOUR_USERNAME/zulip.git (fetch) origin firstname.lastname@example.org:YOUR_USERNAME/zulip.git (push) zulip https://github.com/zulip/zulip.git (fetch) zulip https://github.com/zulip/zulip.git (push)
If your client hasn't automatically configured a remote for zulip/zulip, you'll need to with:
$ git remote add -f upstream https://github.com/zulip/zulip.git
Finally, confirm that the new remote repository, upstream, has been configured:
$ git remote -v origin email@example.com:YOUR_USERNAME/zulip.git (fetch) origin firstname.lastname@example.org:YOUR_USERNAME/zulip.git (push) upstream https://github.com/zulip/zulip.git (fetch) upstream https://github.com/zulip/zulip.git (push)
Step 2: Set up the Zulip development environment
If you haven't already, now is a good time to install the Zulip development environment (overview). If you're new to working on Zulip or open source projects in general, we recommend following our detailed guide for first-time contributors.
Step 3: Configure continuous integration for your fork
This step is optional, but recommended.
The Zulip Server project is configured to use Circle CI and Travis CI to test and create builds upon each new commit and pull request. CircleCI is the primary CI that runs frontend and backend tests across a wide range of Ubuntu distributions. Travis CI is used only for running the end-to-end production installer test.
CircleCI and Travis CI are free for open source projects and it's easy to configure for your own fork of Zulip. After doing so, CircleCI and Travis CI will run tests for new refs you push to GitHub and email you the outcome (you can also view the results in the web interface).
Running CI against your fork can help save both your and the Zulip maintainers time by making it easy to test a change fully before submitting a pull request. We generally recommend a worfklow where as you make changes, you use a fast edit-refresh cycle running individual tests locally until your changes work. But then once you've gotten the tests you'd expect to be relevant to your changes working, push a branch to run the full test suite in CircleCI and Travis CI before you create a pull request. While you wait for CircleCI and Travis CI to run, you can start working on your next task. When the tests finish, you can create a pull request that you already know passes the tests.
First, sign in to Circle CI with your GitHub account and authorize CircleCI to access your GitHub account and repositories. Once you've logged in click on Add Projects in right sidebar. This will list all your GitHub repositories. Now goto the row of Zulip and click on Set Up Project.
Setup Travis CI
First, sign in to Travis CI with your GitHub account and authorize Travis CI to access your GitHub account and repositories. Once you've done this, Travis CI will fetch your repository information and display it on your profile page. From there you can enable integration with Zulip.