This page will go over the process for contributing to the TOM Toolkit.

Contributing Code/Documentation

If you’re interested in contributing code to the project, thank you! For those unfamiliar with the process of contributing to an open-source project, you may want to read through Github’s own short informational section on how to submit a contribution.

Identifying a starting point

The best place to begin contributing is by first looking at the Github issues page, to see what’s currently needed. Issues that don’t require much familiarity with the TOM Toolkit will be tagged appropriately.

Familiarizing yourself with Git

If you are not familiar with git, we encourage you to briefly look at the Git Basics page.

Git Workflow

The workflow for submitting a code change is, more or less, the following:

  1. Fork the TOM Toolkit repository to your own Github account. image0

  2. Clone the forked repository to your local working machine.

git clone<Your Username>/tom_base.git
  1. Add the original “upstream” repository as a remote.

git remote add upstream
  1. Ensure that you’re synchronizing your repository with the “upstream” one relatively frequently.

git fetch upstream
git merge upstream/main
  1. Create and checkout a branch for your changes (see Branch Naming).

git checkout -b <New Branch Name>
  1. Commit frequently, and push your changes to Github. Be sure to merge main in before submitting your pull request.

git push origin <Branch Name>
  1. When your code is complete and tested, create a pull request from the upstream TOM Toolkit repository. image1

  2. Be sure to click “compare across forks” in order to see your branch! image2

  3. We may ask for some updates to your pull request, so revise as necessary and push when revisions are complete. This will automatically update your pull request.

Branch Naming

Branch names should be prefixed with the purpose of the branch, be it a bugfix or an enhancement, along with a descriptive title for the branch.


Code Style

We recommend that you use a linter, as all pull requests must pass a flake8 check. We also recommend configuring your editor to automatically remove trailing whitespace, add newlines on save, and other such helpful style corrections. You can check if your styling will meet standards before submitting a pull request by doing a pip install flake8 and running the same command our Github Actions build does:

flake8 tom_* --exclude=*/migrations/* --max-line-length=120