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Contributing to a New Relic Open Source Project

Demonstrating a standard fork-and-pull-request code contribution workflow

For those newer to open source contribution at New Relic, the following points encapsulate the major steps and issues. For command line description of this workflow, consult this documentation.

Step 1: Fork a Repository

Instead of requiring write access to the repository, a fork allows you the ability to modify code and contribute changes via a pull request.


Navigate to the repository in GitHub and click the Fork button.

Step 2: Implement changes on your Fork

Now that you have a copy of the repository, implement changes against your forked copy of the code but executing the clone command, and modify your copy of the code.

your fork

Commit message guidance

As you commit changes to your fork, you want to ensure that your commit messages are human-readable, relevant, descriptive, and follow a standard methodology so that tooling can automate the creation of changelogs.

conventional commit messages

To support that objective, New Relic open source projects seek to follow the Conventional Commit specification for git commit messages.

Please ensure

  1. That your commit messages follow the Convention Commit specification.
  2. That your commits tie back to a specific Issue in the upstream repository (hint: if there isn't an issue for your change, add it yourself :) ).

Step 3: Initiate a Pull Request

Once you've committed your changes to your fork, you can now issue a Pull Request back to the New Relic project.

create a pull request

Step 4: Accept the New Relic CLA (Contributor License Agreement)

Finally, if you've not contributed to a New Relic open source project before, we're going to prompt you to electronically sign our Contributor License Agreement (CLA), highlighting that you're freely providing code for the benefit of the open source project and community.


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