Developer guide

Types of Contributions

Report Bugs

Report bugs at

If you are reporting a bug, please include:

  • Your operating system name and version.
  • Any details about your local setup that might be helpful in troubleshooting.
  • Detailed steps to reproduce the bug.

Fix Bugs

Look through the GitHub issues for bugs. Anything tagged with “bug” and “help wanted” is open to whoever wants to implement it.

Implement Features

Look through the GitHub issues for features. Anything tagged with “enhancement” and “help wanted” is open to whoever wants to implement it.

Write Documentation

Django-wiki could always use more documentation, whether as part of the official django-wiki docs, in docstrings, or even on the web in blog posts, articles, and such.

Submit Feedback

The best way to send feedback is to file an issue at

If you are proposing a feature:

  • Explain in detail how it would work.
  • Keep the scope as narrow as possible, to make it easier to implement.
  • Remember that this is a volunteer-driven project, and that contributions are welcome :)

Get Started!

Ready to contribute? Here’s how to set up django-wiki for local development.

  1. Fork the django-wiki repo on GitHub.

  2. Clone your fork locally:

    $ git clone
  3. Go to your fork and install our pre-commit hooks which verify the code for errors:

    $ pip install pre-commit
    $ pre-commit install
  4. Install your local copy into a virtualenv. Assuming you have virtualenvwrapper installed, this is how you set up your fork for local development:

    $ mkvirtualenv django-wiki
    $ cd django-wiki/
    $ pip install -e '.[devel]'
  5. Create a branch for local development:

    $ git checkout -b name-of-your-bugfix-or-feature

    Now you can make your changes locally.

  6. As you are making changes you may want to verify that changes are passing all the relevant functional/unit tests:

    $ pytest
  7. If you made changes related to the style sheets (SCSS), you need to install sassc (sudo apt install sassc) and run this to compile css:

    $ make assets
  8. When you’re done making changes, perform one final round of testing, and also ensure relevant tests pass with all supported Python versions with tox:

    $ pytest
    $ # Necessary to run "pip install tox" firstly
    $ tox # Runs all tests that pytest would run, just with various Python/Django combinations
  9. Commit your changes and push your branch to GitHub:

    $ git add .
    $ git commit -m "Your detailed description of your changes."
    $ git push origin name-of-your-bugfix-or-feature
  10. Submit a pull request through the GitHub website.

Pull Request Guidelines

Before you submit a pull request, check that it meets these guidelines:

  1. The pull request should include tests.
  2. If the pull request adds functionality, the docs should be updated. Put your new functionality into a function with a docstring, and add the feature to the list in README.rst.
  3. The pull request should work for Python 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, and for PyPy. Check and make sure that the tests pass for all supported Python versions.


To run a subset of tests:

$ pytest tests/core/ # All tests from a single file.
$ pytest tests/core/ # All tests from a single class.
$ pytest tests/core/ # Just one test.


The best way to contribute is to use our Github issue list to look at current wishes. The list is found here:

If you want to add a feature, consider writing a plugin. Please create an issue to discuss whether your plugin idea is a core plugin (wiki.plugins.*) or external plugin. If there are additions needed to the plugin API, we can discuss that as well! A discussion is always welcome in a Github issue.

Generally speaking, we need more unit tests to improve coverage, and new features will not be accepted without tests. To add more stuff to the project without tests wouldn’t be fair to the project or your hard work. We use coverage metrics to see that each new contribution does not significantly impact test coverage.