MyBB is free, open-source software. Anyone can contribute to its development and progress. MyBB source code is hosted on GitHub, which makes it easy to contribute to the project.

Getting Started

MyBB follows the Gitflow Workflow.

If you already know what you're doing, contributing to one of our repositories is easy:

  1. Fork a repository
  2. Make your changes
  3. Push the changes to the forked repository
  4. Send a pull request

Git/GitHub For Beginners

If you haven't worked with Git or GitHub before we recommend learning about it from the following resources:

The MyBB Team are not here to help you with problems with Git or GitHub. We expect you to have an understanding of this process if you are contributing.

While working with GitHub it is completely up to you as to what tools and software you use to help contribute to MyBB. If you're not confident with command line Git, GitHub provides an easy to use workspace with desktop software for Mac or Windows. This software helps you keep in sync with the development on all branches in the repository as well as your own projects. Where possible, we recommend using this software.


Before working on GitHub, be sure to add some important configuration data to your Git client.


First, you need to tell Git your name so it can properly label the commits you make.

$ git config --global "John Doe"


Git saves your email address into the commits you make. GitHub uses the email address to associate your commits with your GitHub account.

$ git config --global ""

For more information, please see GitHub's guide on setting up Git.

Working on Windows

If you are working on a Windows environment you must ensure you commit all files with LF line endings. Please make sure you set the following options:

$ git config --global core.autocrlf false
$ git config --global core.eol lf

When reviewing a commit, if the entire file looks as though it has changed (and not just individual lines) then chances are the line endings are incorrect.

Working with GitHub's Issue Tracker

While all team members are able to contribute directly with the repositories, SQA are still required to confirm the work fixes the issue/no issues arise from the feature. An issue therefore may have several labels/statuses throughout development

The basic status is Open or Closed. GitHub provides an easy to use UI to differentiate between these statuses with tabs at the top of the issue list. In the terminology, a developer may be a member of the Development Team, a member of the MyBB Group or a 3rd party contributor who is not a member of either Team or Group. The reporter is the person(s) who originally reported the issue.

An Open issue describes a problem that is yet to be fixed by a developer. These may have the following labels:

The issue has been confirmed as being a valid problem with MyBB and contains enough evidence for a developer to work on a fix.
The issue may not contain enough evidence of a valid problem, or difficult to reproduce, and requires more input from the reporter. The issue may have been fixed by a developer but may not have actually solved the problem/causes further problems/contains code that doesn't match the Development Standards.

A Closed issue may have different labels depending on the outcome of the initial investigation:

The issue has been fixed by a developer and the fix is confirmed as solving the problem by an SQA Team member.
The issue is a duplicate of an already reported issue The issue was not a valid issue with MyBB The issue is not reproducable (after Feedback attempts have been made) The issue is a feature request rather than a bug

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