Default community health files are a set of predefined files that provide guidance and templates for maintaining a healthy and collaborative open source project.
You can add default community health files to a public repository called
.github, in the root of the repository or in the
.github folders. These files help you automate and standardize various aspects of your project's development and community interaction. They are essential for promoting transparency, good practices, and collaboration in open source projects.
GitHub Enterprise Server will use and display default files for any repository owned by the account that does not have its own file of that type in any of the following places:
- The root of the repository
For example, anyone who creates an issue or pull request in a repository that does not have its own CONTRIBUTING file will see a link to the default CONTRIBUTING file. If a repository has any files in its own
.github/ISSUE_TEMPLATE folder, including issue templates or a config.yml file, none of the contents of the default
.github/ISSUE_TEMPLATE folder will be used.
Default files won’t appear in the file browser or Git history and are not included in clones, packages, or downloads of individual repositories because they are stored only in the
You can create defaults in your organization or personal account for the following community health files:
|Community health file
|A CONTRIBUTING file communicates how people should contribute to your project. For more information, see "Setting guidelines for repository contributors."
|A GOVERNANCE file lets people know about how your project is governed. For example, it might discuss project roles and how decisions are made.
|Issue and pull request templates and config.yml
|Issue and pull request templates customize and standardize the information you'd like contributors to include when they open issues and pull requests in your repository. For more information, see "About issue and pull request templates."
|A SECURITY file gives instructions for how to report a security vulnerability in your project. For more information, see "Adding a security policy to your repository."
|A SUPPORT file lets people know about ways to get help with your project. For more information, see "Adding support resources to your project."
You cannot create a default license file. License files must be added to individual repositories so the file will be included when a project is cloned, packaged, or downloaded.
In the upper-right corner of any page, select , then click New repository.
Use the Owner drop-down menu, and select the organization or personal account you want to create default files for.
In the "Repository name" field, type .github.
Optionally, in the "Description" field, type a description.
Make sure the repository status is set to Public. A repository for default files cannot be private.
Select Initialize this repository with a README.
Click Create repository.
In the repository, create one of the supported community health files. Issue templates and their configuration file must be in a folder called
.github/ISSUE_TEMPLATE. All other supported files may be in the root of the repository, the
.githubfolder, or the
docsfolder. For more information, see "Creating new files."