Every open source project lives from the generous help by contributors that sacrifice their time and Robottelo is no different.

To make participation as pleasant as possible, this project adheres to the Code of Conduct by the Python Software Foundation.

If you have something great but aren’t sure whether it adheres, or even can adhere, to the rules below: please submit a pull request anyway! In the best case, we can mold it into something; in the worst case, the pull request gets politely closed. There’s absolutely nothing to fear.

Thank you for considering contributing to Robottelo! If you have any question or concerns, feel free to reach out to the team. We can be found on the #robottelo channel on freenode.

Before you commit

Ensure your code follows the guidelines in the Robottelo code standards.

All modules, classes, and functions should have well written docstrings.

See also:

Don’t ever break backward compatibility. If it ever has to happen for higher reasons, Robottelo will follow the proven procedures of the Twisted project.

Always add tests and docs for your code. This is a hard rule; patches with missing tests or documentation won’t be merged. If a feature is not tested or documented, it doesn’t exist.

In order to ensure you are able to pass the Travis CI build, it is recommended that you run the following commands in the base of your Robottelo directory.:

$ flake8 .
$ make test-docstrings
$ make test-robottelo

flake8 will ensure that the changes you made are not in violation of PEP8 standards. If the command gives no output, then you have passed. If not, then address any corrections recommended.

test-docstrings will check if there are parts of the code base that are missing docstrings.

test-robottelo will run all the tests created to ensure Robottelo is working as expected. If you added a test, it will be run now.

Peforming the commit

Proper commit messages

  • The title should be a brief summary of the changes.

  • The body of the message should effectively explain the changes.

  • This link has much more information on proper commit messages.

  • Close an issue by stating “Fixes #XXXX” where XXXX is the issue number.

Fetch and rebase from upstream/master

Push the commit to your forked repository

Initiating a Pull Request

Navigate to your forked repository on GitHub and click the Pull Request button.

The title and message should auto-populate from your commit. If not, then recreate them now.

Submit the request!

Did you add or change a test? Include the results in a comment.

Closely monitor the discussion on GitHub to address any questions or suggestions.

Never merge your own pull request. Other members of the team are responsible for that action.

Making Changes

If the code review process identifies something that needs to be changed, perform the change locally.

Use commit --amend or squash the change commit down into the previous.

Finally, push again 1 and continue monitoring the discussion.


git may kick back that your GitHub repo is ahead of your current commit. Just use the --force to push it anyway.

Cleaning up

If you created a branch, in your forked repository, you may merge it now.