Contribution Guide


This is a general contribution guide for all of the AdonisJS repos. Please read this guide thoroughly before contributing to any of the repos πŸ™

Code is not the only way to contribute. Following are also some ways to contribute and become part of the community.

  • Fixing typos in the documentation
  • Improving existing docs
  • Writing cookbooks or blog posts to educate others in the community
  • Triaging issues
  • Sharing your opinion on existing issues
  • Help the community in discord and the discussions forum

Reporting bugs

Many issues reported on open source projects are usually questions or misconfiguration at the reporter's end. Therefore, we highly recommend you properly troubleshoot your issues before reporting them.

If you're reporting a bug, include as much information as possible with the code samples you have written. The scale of good to bad issues looks as follows.

  • PERFECT ISSUE: You isolate the underlying bug. Create a failing test in the repo and open a Github issue around it.

  • GOOD ISSUE: You isolate the underlying bug and provide a minimal reproduction of it as a Github repo. Antfu has written a great article on Why Reproductions are Required.

  • DECENT ISSUE: You correctly state your issue. Share the code that produces the issue in the first place. Also, include the related configuration files and the package version you use.

    Last but not least is to format every code block properly by following the Github markdown syntax guide.

  • POOR ISSUE: You dump the question you have with the hope that the other person will ask the relevant questions and help you. These kinds of issues are closed automatically without any explanation.

Having a discussion

You often want to discuss a topic or maybe share some ideas. In that case, create a discussion in the discussions forum under the πŸ’‘Ideas category.

Educating others

Educating others is one of the best ways to contribute to any community and earn recognition.

You can use the πŸ“š Cookbooks category on our discussion forum to share an article with others. The cookbooks section is NOT strictly moderated, except the shared knowledge should be relevant to the project.

Creating pull requests

It is never a good experience to have your pull request declined after investing a lot of time and effort in writing the code. Therefore, we highly recommend you to kick off a discussion before starting any new work on your side.

Just start a discussion and explain what are you planning to contribute?

  • Are you trying to create a PR to fix a bug: PRs for bugs are mostly accepted once the bug has been confirmed.

  • Are you planning to add a new feature: Please thoroughly explain why this feature is required and share links to the learning material we can read to educate ourselves.

    For example: If you are adding support for snapshot testing to Japa or AdonisJS. Then share the links I can use to learn more about snapshot testing in general.

Note: You should also be available to open additional PRs for documenting the contributed feature or improvement.

Repository setup

  1. Start by cloning the repo on your local machine.

    git clone <REPO_URL>
  2. Install dependencies on your local. Please do not update any dependencies along with a feature request. If you find stale dependencies, create a separate PR to update them.

    We use npm for managing dependencies, therefore do not use yarn or any other tool.

    npm install
  3. Run tests by executing the following command.

    npm test

Tools in use

Following is the list of tools in use.

TypeScriptAll of the repos are authored in TypeScript. The compiled JavaScript and Type-definitions are published on npm.
TS NodeWe use ts-node to run tests or scripts without compiling TypeScript. The main goal of ts-node is to have a faster feedback loop during development
SWCSWC is a Rust based TypeScript compiler. TS Node ships with first-class support for using SWC over the TypeScript official compiler. The main reason for using SWC is the speed gain.
Release-ItWe use release-it to publish our packages on npm. It does all the heavy lifting of creating a release and publishes it on npm and Github. Its config is defined within the package.json file.
ESLintESLint helps us enforce a consistent coding style across all the repos with multiple contributors. All our ESLint rules are published under the eslint-plugin-adonis package.
PrettierWe use prettier to format the codebase for consistent visual output. If you are confused about why we are using ESLint and Prettier both, then please read Prettier vs. Linters doc on the Prettier website.
EditorConfigThe .editorconfig file in the root of every project configures your Code editor to use a set of rules for indentation and whitespace management. Again, Prettier is used for post formatting your code, and Editorconfig is used to configure the editor in advance.
Conventional ChangelogAll of the commits across all the repos uses commitlint to enforce consistent commit messages.
HuskyWe use husky to enforce commit conventions when committing the code. Husky is a git hooks system written in Node


npm run testRun project tests using ts-node
npm run compileCompile the TypeScript project to JavaScript. The compiled output is written inside the build directory
npm run releaseStart the release process using np
npm run lintLint the codebase using ESlint
npm run formatFormat the codebase using Prettier
npm run sync-labelsSync the labels defined inside the .github/labels.json file with Github. This command is for the project admin only.

Coding style

All of our projects are written in TypeScript and are moving to pure ESM.

Also, make sure to run the following commands before pushing the code.

# Formats using prettier
npm run format
# Lints using Eslint
npm run lint

Getting recognized as a contributor

We rely on GitHub to list all the repo contributors in the right-side panel of the repo. Following is an example of the same.

Also, we use the auto generate release notes feature of Github, which adds a reference to the contributor profile within the release notes.