Hacking on Gitea

Familiarity with the existing installation instructions is required for this section.

To contribute to Gitea, fork the project and work on the master branch.

Some internal packages are referenced using their respective Github URL. This can become problematic. To “trick” the Go tool into thinking this is a clone from the official repository, download the source code using “go get” and follow these instructions.

go get -d code.gitea.io/gitea

Fork the Gitea repository on GitHub, it should then be possible to switch the source directory on the command line.

cd $GOPATH/src/code.gitea.io/gitea

To be able to create pull requests, the forked repository should be added as a remote to the Gitea sources, otherwise changes can’t be pushed.

git remote rename origin upstream
git remote add origin git@github.com:<USERNAME>/gitea.git
git fetch --all --prune

This should provide a working development environment for Gitea. Take a look at the Makefile to get an overview about the available tasks. The most common tasks should be make test which will start our test environment and make build which will build a gitea binary into the working directory. Writing test cases is not mandatory to contribute, but it is highly encouraged and helps developers sleep at night.

That’s it! You are ready to hack on Gitea. Test changes, push them to the repository, and open a pull request.