Contributing to Castopod

Love Castopod and want to help? Thanks so much, there's something to do for everybody!

Please take a moment to review this document in order to make the contribution process easy and effective for everyone involved.

Following these guidelines helps to communicate that you respect the time of the developers managing and developing this open source project. In return, they should reciprocate that respect in addressing your issue or assessing patches and features.


Any contribution made on a repository other than the original repository will not be accepted.

Using the issue tracker

The issue tracker is the preferred channel for bug reports, features requests and submitting pull requests.

⚠️ Security issues and vulnerabilities

If you encounter any security issue or vulnerability in the Castopod source, please contact us directly by email at

Bug reports

A bug is a demonstrable problem that is caused by the code in the repository. Good bug reports are extremely helpful - thank you!

Guidelines for bug reports:

  1. Use the issue search — check if the issue has already been reported.

  2. Check if the issue has been fixed — try to reproduce it using the latest main branch in the repository.

  3. Isolate the problem — ideally create a reduced test case and a live example.

A good bug report shouldn't leave others needing to chase you up for more information. Please try to be as detailed as possible in your report. What is your environment? What steps will reproduce the issue? What browser(s) and OS experience the problem? What would you expect to be the outcome? All these details will help people to fix any potential bugs.

Issue templates have been created for this project. You may use them to help you follow those guidelines.

Feature requests

Feature requests are welcome. But take a moment to find out whether your idea fits with the scope and aims of the project. It's up to you to make a strong case to convince the project's developers of the merits of this feature. Please provide as much detail and context as possible.

Pull requests

Good pull requests - patches, improvements, new features - are a fantastic help. They should remain focused in scope and avoid containing unrelated commits.

Please ask first before embarking on any significant pull request (e.g. implementing features, refactoring code, porting to a different language), otherwise you risk spending a lot of time working on something that the project's developers might not want to merge into the project.

Please adhere to the coding conventions used throughout a project (indentation, accurate comments, etc.) and any other requirements (such as test coverage).

Adhering to the following process is the best way to get your work included in the project:

  1. Fork the project, clone your fork, and configure the remotes:
# Clone your fork of the repo into the current directory
git clone<your-username>/castopod.git

# Navigate to the newly cloned directory
cd castopod

# Assign the original repo to a remote called "upstream"
git remote add upstream
  1. If you cloned a while ago, get the latest changes from upstream:
git checkout main
git pull upstream main
  1. Create a new topic branch (off the main branch) to contain your feature, change, or fix:
git checkout -b <topic-branch-name>
  1. Commit your changes in logical chunks. Please adhere to these git commit message guidelines or your code is unlikely be merged into the main project. Use Git's interactive rebase feature to tidy up your commits before making them public.

  2. Locally merge (or rebase) the upstream dev branch into your topic branch:

git pull [--rebase] upstream main
  1. Push your topic branch up to your fork:
git push origin <topic-branch-name>
  1. Open a Pull Request with a clear title and description.

IMPORTANT: By submitting a patch, you agree to allow the project owners to license your work under the terms of the GNU AGPLv3.

Collaborating guidelines

There are few basic rules to ensure high quality of the project:

  • Before merging, a PR requires at least two approvals from the collaborators unless it's an architectural change, a large feature, etc. If it is, then at least 50% of the core team have to agree to merge it, with every team member having a full veto right. (i.e. every single one can block any PR)
  • A PR should remain open for at least two days before merging (does not apply for trivial contributions like fixing a typo). This way everyone has enough time to look into it.

You are always welcome to discuss and propose improvements to this guideline.