Hactoberfest in open source initiative by Digital Ocean organized to encourage developers to contribute, participate to give back to the community. It’s a month long celebration of open source software. It was started in 2014. People from all over the world contributed to make it a huge success. It is now a regular event in October every year. In the end, you get a free t-shirt delivered at your doorstep.
There are many ways to contribute like -
- by completing pull requests, participating in events, and donating to open source projects.
- Sign up for GitHub ( If you haven’t your GitHub account yet)
- Go to Hactoberfest website , Sign In using your GitHub credentials.
- Find projects using Search bar at top left corner of GitHub page.
- Search relevant issues which are open, not fixed. You can type label:hactoberfest is:issue is:open
- You can also go to left navigation bar and search for issues => states => open
- If you are a beginner and can’t find good issues then there’s tag label:good first issue which filters out issues for beginners who want to contribute.
- Any issue which you want to contribute to which does not have a label of Hactoberfest label ; it would still count as a contribution to Hactoberfest if you do it in specified period (1st to — 31st October ).
- you can use Visual Studio Code to contribute. Also, download GitHub Desktop After selecting open issue then clone and fork it (download it) to your machine, edit, make necessary changes.
- That’s it ! Do finish the task and create Pull Request (PR)
We use many software’s free just because they are open source for example VLC media player , WordPress, Linux, blender etc. Doing open source is like giving back to the community.
If you’re a beginner and don’t have a job in the industry then contributing to open source is a easiest way to get real-world software development experience. Just by doing this you network with great people of the industry and they review your code , give suggestions to improve and a lot other things. So, Just start contributing& make the world better place to live !