How to contribute
Filing an issue
If you want your issue to be resolved quickly, please include in your issue:
- Gatsby version, node.js version, OS version
- The contents of your
package.jsonas well as your
gatsby-ssr.jsfiles depending on changes you’ve made there.
You can install the latest version of Gatsby by following these steps:
- Clone the repo, navigate to its directory.
- Install dependencies using
npm installin the root of the repo.
The usual contributing steps are:
- Fork the official repository.
- Clone your fork: git clone
- Install gatsby-dev-cli globally:
npm install -g gatsby-dev-cli@canary
- Checkout the 1.0 branch:
git checkout 1.0
- Install dependencies:
- Make sure tests are passing for you:
- Create a topic branch:
git checkout -b topics/new-feature-name
npm run watchto do an initial Babel build of all packages and watch for changes to packages’ source code and compile changes on the fly as you work.
- For each of your Gatsby test sites, run the
gatsby-devcommand there to copy the built files from your cloned copy of Gatsby. It’ll watch for your changes to Gatsby packages and copy them into the site. For more detailed instructions see the gatsby-dev-cli README
- Add tests and code for your changes.
- Once you’re done, make sure all tests still pass:
- Commit and push to your fork.
- Create an pull request from your branch.
Gatsby uses Redux for managing state during development and building. It’s often helpful to see the flow of actions and builtup state for a site you’re working on or if adding new functionality to core. We leverage https://github.com/zalmoxisus/remote-redux-devtools and https://github.com/zalmoxisus/remotedev-server to give you use the Redux devtools extension for debugging Gatsby.
To use this, first install
in your browser. Then in your Gatsby repo, run
npm run remotedev. Then in
your site directory run
REDUX_DEVTOOLS=true gatsby develop. Depending on
your operating system and shell, you may need to modify how you set the
REDUX_DEVTOOLS environment variable.
At this point, your site will be sending Redux actions and state to the remote server.
To connect to this, you need to setup the devtools extension to talk to the remote server.
First open the remote devtools.
Then click settings along the bottom menu and set the host and port.
After this, the devtools extension should connect to the remote server and you’ll see actions start showing up.
Warning!! Lots of buginess. While having this available is extreamly helpful, this setup is very buggy and fragile. There is a memory leak in the extension that’s triggered it seems every time you restart the Gatsby development server. Also the extension often, for no apparent reason, just won’t show any actions from the remote server. It’ll also often freeze up. The best solution seems to just be turning everything off and on again. Fixing up these tools would be very helpful for us and many others using these tools if someone wants to take this on!