Make your first open source contribution

Make your first open source contribution

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Chandan Kushwaha
·Oct 23, 2022·

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Become a part of open-source community by contributing.

To make your first pull request you should know basic knowledge of git and github and you'll need a GitHub account. If you don't have one, you can create it here.

1.) Find the project you want to contribute to

you can use this projects repo for practice.

2.) Fork the repo

By clicking on "fork".

This will make a copy of the whole project under your GitHub profile.

3.) Clone the repo

use the following command in your git bash

git clone"UserName"/projects.git

In place of UserName write your GitHub username in my case my username is chandanck22

Create a new remote for the upstream repo

git remote add upstream

"Upstream" is a name for the main repo, from where you pull and keep a clone of your fork updated.

Create a new branch

git checkout -b my-branch

This will create a new branch and switch to it.

In place of my-branch you can use any name

Add some code

Now, the time to add some code

After making the changes, you can check the status by running the git status

git add .

This command will add all the changes to staging area.

Commit your changes

git commit -m "initial commit"

This involves committing them locally to record the snapshot of your repository to the project history.

In place of "initial commit" write reasonable comment

Push the changes to your repo

git push -u origin my-branch

To push to the upstream branch on the remote.

Pushing is the process of moving code from one repository to another one. Often this is used to move code from a local machine to a remote one.

Create a pull request

Go to your GitHub and make the 'compare and pull request'.

If everythings went OK, the owner of the repository will merge your pull request.

You will receive mail once your pull get merged to main branch.

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