LabKey Server is an open-source project created and enhanced by many developers from a variety of institutions throughout the world. We welcome and encourage any contributions to the project. Contributions must be well-written, thoroughly tested, and in keeping with the coding practices used throughout the code base.

All contributions must be covered by the Apache 2.0 License.

To make a contribution, follow these steps:

  • Make sure that you are not submitting any confidential data.
  • Make sure that your contribution follows LabKey design and naming guidelines:
  • Post your request to contribute to the LabKey support forum. If your request is accepted, we will assign a committer to work with you to deliver your contribution.
  • Update your enlistment to the most recent revision. Related documentation: Set Up a Development Machine.
  • Test your contribution thoroughly, and make sure you pass the Developer Regression Test (DRT). See Check in to the Source Project for more details about running and passing the DRT.
  • Create a patch file for your contribution and review the file to make sure the patch is complete and accurate.
  • Send the patch file to the committer. The committer will review the patch, apply the patch to a local enlistment, run the DRT, and (assuming all goes well) commit your changes.

Confidential Data

Because all files in the LabKey Source Code repository are accessible to the public, great care must be taken never to add confidential data to the repository. It is the responsibility of each contributor to ensure that the data they add to the repository is not confidential in any way. If confidential data is accidentally added to the source code repository, it is the responsibility of the contributor to notify LabKey immediately so the file and its history can be permanently deleted.


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