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Contributing to an open source project for the first time can be a scary thing. The goal of this repo is to help you take your first steps as an open source contributor by developing a simple (but hopefully fun) rebus game together. 💖

Try the live version of the game:

Who can contribute?

Everyone can! (and I mean everyone) 💫

💻 You don’t have to contribute code. Add a new rebus, fix a typo, report a bug, add some documentation, do some re-design or add a translation. This project just like most open source projects are in need of all sorts of different contributions. Not just code.

🌟 You are good enough. Start off easy by fixing something small (like adding a new rebus). This will help you orient yourself in the project and increase your confidence and experience. No one will judge you if you make a mistake, and you can't break anything! Ask for some pointers if you get stuck. You got this!

➡️ Have a look at the open issues to see what needs to be done in this project.

The only thing that is required to get started is git. Make sure you have it installed on your computer by running

git --version
in your terminal. If you do not have git installed, install it.

If you are an experienced developer, look at the CONTRIBUTING file to see how you can contribute.

Why contribute to open source?

When you contribute to Open Source, you are taking part in the collaborative effort of a vast community of passionate developers and contributors! Open Source software allows you to see, use, and more importantly modify its source code. Contributing to Open Source is a great way to develop a deeper understanding of software, and the best part is being able to learn and teach alongside a community of contributors.

How to contribute

Follow this step-by-step guide to make your first open source contribution. The steps you will perform in this guide is a somewhat standard workflow that you will encounter in most projects:

Fork -> Clone -> Install dependencies -> Make your changes -> Run tests -> Commit -> PR

1. Fork

The first step is to create a fork of this repo. Do so by clicking on the fork button on the top of this page. A fork is basically your own working copy of this repository.

Forking the repo

2. Clone

The next step is to clone the forked repo to your machine.

Go to your GitHub repositories and open the forked repository called Rebus (forked from ollelauribostrom/rebus). Click on the "Clone or download" button and then click the copy to clipboard icon to get your url.

Cloning the repo

Finally run the following git command in your terminal:

git clone "the copied url"

For example:

git clone

3. Register the upstream repository

You have now created a local clone on you computer. This clone will point to your forked repository. It's also useful to have the upstream repository (the source that you forked) registered as well to be able to stay up to date with the latest changes.

If you haven't already, start by changing your directory to the rebus repository that was created when you ran

git clone
cd rebus

Then add

as the upstream remote:
git remote add upstream

4. Create a branch

It's common practice to create a new branch for each new feature or bugfix you are working on. Let's go ahead and create one!

First, lets make sure we have the latest version of the upstream repository by running (do this before each time you create a new branch):

git fetch upstream

Create your new branch by running:

git checkout -b  upstream/master

Note: Replace

 with something that describes the changes you are about to make

For example:

git checkout -b add-new-rebus upstream/master

Note: By specifying

we're saying that our new branch should be created from the latest upstream version

5. Install the dependencies

Before we begin making our changes, let's install the projects dependencies:

npm install

6. Make your changes

Now it's time to make your changes. Let's add a new rebus to the game.

  1. Open the file
    in your favourite editor (preferable VSCode 😉).
  2. Add a new rebus object to the end of the
  3. Save the file when you are done.

7. Run the game locally

If you want, you can run the game locally to try out your changes:

npm start

8. Run the tests

Before your commit your changes, run the tests to make sure you didn't break anything:

npm run test:all

9. Commit your changes


git status
to see which changes you have made. This will look something like:

Git status

Add these changes to your next commit by running:

git add src/js/rebuses.js

And then commit them by running:

git commit -m "Your message"

For example:

git commit -m "Adding a new rebus"

10. Push your changes to Github

Push your changes to GitHub by running:

git push origin 

Note: Replace

 with the name of your branch

11. Open a Pull Request

Head over to your repository on GitHub and click on the green "Compare and pull request" button.

Compare and pull request

Describe your changes and submit your pull request

Submit pull request

What's next?

🎉 Congratulations 🎉

You just took your first step as an open source contributor. Your pull request will be reviewed as soon as possible. Join us on gitter if you have questions or need any help. If you feel like it, please give this repository a star ⭐.

If you want something more to work on, look at the open issues for inspiration. Also, take a look the Further Reading section for more great learning resources.


Resolve Merge Conflicts

Once changes have been committed and staged it's time to manage conflicts by running:

git pull upstream master

Head back to your favourite code editor and review any conflicts. Generally

changes will be highlighted in one color and
changes will be highlighted in a different color.

Commit changes again as outlined in step #9 and #10 above or by running:

git add -A
git commit -m "Your message"
git push origin 


It is important to note that Windows and Linux operating systems deal with line endings differently. If you are getting an error where the program expects linebreaks to be "lf" but are finding "crlf" linebreak styles,

Terminal linebreak error

then you can run the following command in your terminal:

npm run lint -- --fix 

To avoid this problem in the future, you can change your editor to use an end of line sequence of 'lf'. To do this in Visual Studio Code, simply click on the lf/crlf button on the bottom right and then select 'lf' from the drop-down menu that appears.

Visual Studio Code linebreaks

Further Reading


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