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Setting guidelines for repository contributors

You can create guidelines to communicate how people should contribute to your project.

About contributing guidelines

To help your project contributors do good work, you can add a file with contribution guidelines to your project repository's root, docs, or .github folder. When someone opens a pull request or creates an issue, they will see a link to that file. The link to the contributing guidelines also appears on your repository's contribute page. For an example of a contribute page, see github/docs/contribute.


For the repository owner, contribution guidelines are a way to communicate how people should contribute.

For contributors, the guidelines help them verify that they're submitting well-formed pull requests and opening useful issues.

For both owners and contributors, contribution guidelines save time and hassle caused by improperly created pull requests or issues that have to be rejected and re-submitted.

You can create default contribution guidelines for your organization or personal account. For more information, see "Creating a default community health file."

Tip: Repository maintainers can set specific guidelines for issues by creating an issue or pull request template for the repository. For more information, see "About issue and pull request templates."

Adding a CONTRIBUTING file

  1. On, navigate to the main page of the repository.
  2. Klicke oberhalb der Dateiliste im Dropdownmenü Datei hinzufügen auf Neue Datei erstellen. „Neue Datei erstellen“ im Dropdownmenü „Datei hinzufügen“
  3. Decide whether to store your contributing guidelines in your repository's root, docs, or .github directory. Then, in the filename field, type the name and extension for the file. Contributing guidelines filenames are not case sensitive. Files are rendered in rich text format if the file extension is in a supported format. For more information, see "Working with non-code files." New file name
    • To make your contributing guidelines visible in the repository's root directory, type CONTRIBUTING.
    • To make your contributing guidelines visible in the repository's docs directory, type docs/ to create the new directory, then CONTRIBUTING.
    • If a repository contains more than one CONTRIBUTING file, then the file shown in links is chosen from locations in the following order: the .github directory, then the repository's root directory, and finally the docs directory.
  4. In the new file, add contribution guidelines. These could include:
    • Steps for creating good issues or pull requests.
    • Links to external documentation, mailing lists, or a code of conduct.
    • Community and behavioral expectations.
  5. Am Ende der Seite schreibe eine kurze, aussagekräftige Commit-Mitteilung, welche die Änderung beschreibt, welche Du an der Datei vornimmst. Du kannst den Commit in der Commit-Mitteilung mehr als einem Autor zuordnen. Weitere Informationen findest du unter Erstellen eines Commits mit mehreren Co-Autoren. Commit-Mitteilung für Ihre Änderung
  6. Lege unter den Commit-Mitteilungsfeldern fest, ob Du Dein Commit zum aktuellen Branch oder zu einem neuen Branch hinzufügen möchten. Wenn dein aktueller Branch als Standardbranch festgelegt ist, solltest du einen neuen Branch für deinen Commit und dann einen Pull Request erstellen. Weitere Informationen findest du unter Erstellen eines neuen Pull Requests. Commitbranchoptionen
  7. Klicke auf Neue Datei vorschlagen. Schaltfläche „Neue Datei vorschlagen“

Examples of contribution guidelines

If you're stumped, here are some good examples of contribution guidelines:

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