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Contributing to Shaarli (community repository)

Bugs and feature requests

Reporting bugs, feature requests: issues management

You can look through existing bugs/requests and help reporting them here.

Constructive input/experience reports/helping other users is welcome.

The general guideline of the fork is to keep Shaarli simple (project and code maintenance, and features-wise), while providing customization capabilities (plugin system, making more settings configurable).

Check the milestones to see what issues have priority.

  • The issues list should preferably contain only tasks that can be actioned immediately. Anyone should be able to open the issues list, pick one and start working on it immediately.
  • If you have a clear idea of a feature you expect, or have a specific bug/defect to report, search the issues list, both open and closed to check if it has been discussed, and comment on the appropriate issue. If you can't find one, please open a new issue
  • General discussions fit in #44 so that we don't follow a slope where users and contributors have to track 90 "maybe" items in the bug tracker. Separate issues about clear, separate steps can be opened after discussion.
  • You can also join instant discussion at, or via IRC as described here


The official documentation is generated from Markdown documents in the doc/md/ directory. HTML documentation is generated using Mkdocs. Read the Docs provides hosting for the online documentation.

To edit the documentation, please edit the appropriate doc/md/*.md files (and optionally make htmlpages to preview changes to HTML files). Then submit your changes as a Pull Request. Have a look at the MkDocs documentation and configuration file mkdocs.yml if you need to add/remove/rename/reorder pages.


Currently Shaarli has no translation/internationalization/localization system available and is single-language. You can help by proposing an i18n system (issue

Beta testing

You can help testing Shaarli releases by immediately upgrading your installation after a new version has been releases.

All current development happens in Pull Requests. You can test proposed patches by cloning the Shaarli repo, adding the Pull Request branch and git checkout to it. You can also merge multiple Pull Requests to a testing branch.

git clone
git remote add pull-request-25 owner/cool-new-feature
git remote add pull-request-26 anotherowner/bugfix
git remote update
git checkout -b testing
git merge cool-new-feature
git merge bugfix

Or see Checkout Github Pull Requests locally

Please report any problem you might find.

Contributing code

Adding your own changes

  • Pick or open an issue
  • Fork the Shaarli repository on github
  • git clone your fork
  • starting from branch master, switch to a new branch (eg. git checkout -b my-awesome-feature)
  • edit the required files (from the Github web interface or your text editor)
  • add and commit your changes with a meaningful commit message (eg Cool new feature, fixes issue #1001)
  • run unit tests against your patched version, see Running unit tests
  • Open your fork in the Github web interface and click the "Compare and Pull Request" button, enter required info and submit your Pull Request.

All changes you will do on the my-awesome-feature in the future will be added to your Pull Request. Don't work directly on the master branch, don't do unrelated work on your my-awesome-feature branch.

Contributing to an existing Pull Request


If you are not familiar with Git or Github, here are a few links to set you on track: