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How to contribute

We're really glad you're reading this, because we need volunteer developers to help this project come to fruition.

Did you find a bug?

  • Ensure the bug was not already reported by searching on GitHub under Issues.
  • If you're unable to find an open issue addressing the problem, open a new one. Be sure to include a title and clear description, as much relevant information as possible, and a code sample or an executable test case demonstrating the expected behavior that is not occurring.

Code and doc contribution

Welcome to contribute code to provide features or fix bugs.

One time setup

We use GitHub pull request to review proposed code changes. So you'll need to obtain a GitHub account before making code contribution.

  1. Fork eKuiper to your private repository. Click the Fork button in the top right corner of eKuiper repository.
  2. Clone the repository locally from your personal fork. git clone<Github_user>/ekuiper.git.
  3. Add eKuiper repo as additional Git remote so that you can sync between local repo and eKuiper.
git remote add upstream

You can use your favorite IDE or editor to develop. You can find information in editor support for Go tools in Editors and IDEs for GO.

Create a branch in your fork

You’ll work on your contribution in a branch in your own (forked) repository. Create a local branch, initialized with the state of the branch you expect your changes to be merged into. The master branch is active development branch, so it's recommended to set master as base branch.

$ git fetch upstream
$ git checkout -b <my-branch> upstream/master

Package Import Specification

Reasonable package import order can enhance the cleanliness and standardization of the code. This project uses gci to automatically check the order of package imports, with priority given to standard packages > third-party external packages > local project packages, as follows:

import (



In the project root directory, you can run the command gci write --skip-generated -s standard -s default -s "prefix(" . to automatically reorder package imports.

Alternatively, if you use GoLand, you can check Group and Group stdlib imports as well as their sub-options under Settings > Editor > Code Style > Go > Imports to enable automatic import sorting.

Code conventions

  • Use go fmt to format your code before commit code change. eKuiper Github Action CI pipeline reports error if it's not format by go fmt.
  • Run static code analysis with make lint to make sure there are no stylistic errors and common programming issues.
    • If you encounter lint errors related to gofumpt, run gofumpt -w . in the project root directory to solve it.
    • Check golangci-lint for more information on the corresponding lint errors.
  • Configuration key in config files uses camel case format.

Debug your code

Take GoLand as an example, developers can debug the code:

  1. Debug the whole program. Make sure all directories mentioned in Makefile build_prepare sections are created in your eKuiper root path. Add your breakpoints. Open cmd/kuiperd/main.go. In the main function, you'll find a green triangle in the ruler, click it and select debug. Then create your stream/rule that would run through your breakpoint, the debugger will pause there.
  2. To debug a small portion of code, we recommend writing a unit test and debug it. You can go to any test file and find the same green triangle to run in debug mode. For example, pkg/cast/cast_test.go TestMapConvert_Funcs can run as debug.

Debug edgex code

Users can modify edgex source/sink code to meet their requirement. In this case, the best practice is letting the other services running in docker mode but eKuiper run locally. Users can follow these steps to set up the environment.

expose message bus

eKuiper subscribe messages by topic and by default edgex is using redis as message bus. This guide will use redis as example to show how to expose message bus. In the docker-compose file, find the redis service and in ports part change to, then restart all the services.

   container_name: edgex-redis
     CLIENTS_CORE_COMMAND_HOST: edgex-core-command
     CLIENTS_CORE_DATA_HOST: edgex-core-data
     CLIENTS_CORE_METADATA_HOST: edgex-core-metadata
     CLIENTS_SUPPORT_NOTIFICATIONS_HOST: edgex-support-notifications
     CLIENTS_SUPPORT_SCHEDULER_HOST: edgex-support-scheduler
     DATABASES_PRIMARY_HOST: edgex-redis
     REGISTRY_HOST: edgex-core-consul
   hostname: edgex-redis
   image: redis:6.2-alpine
     edgex-network: { }
   read_only: true
   restart: always
     - no-new-privileges:true
   user: root:root
     - db-data:/data:z

change edgex local config

Change edgex source config according to message bus type, the following table is message bus configuration the file locates in etc/sources/edgex.yaml.

message bustypeprotocolserverport
redis serverredisredis10.65.38.2246379
mqtt brokermqtttcp10.65.38.2241883
zemo mqzerotcp10.65.38.2245566

Take the redis as example, the following config will let eKuiper connect to's 6379 port.

  protocol: redis
  port: 6379
  topic: rules-events
  type: redis
  # Could be 'event' or 'request'.
  # If the message is from app service, the message type is an event;
  # Otherwise, if it is from the message bus directly, it should be a request
  messageType: event

After changing this, redis will listen on the host 6379 port, developers can connect to the machine that edgex runs remotely by the server address. For example, the host ip address is , users can connect to this machine by the ip address.

enable eKuiper console log and set rest api port

Change the config file in etc/kuiper.yaml, set the console log true and set eKuiper rest api port to 59720

  # true|false, with debug level, it prints more debug info
  debug: false
  # true|false, if it's set to true, then the log will be print to console
  consoleLog: true
  # true|false, if it's set to true, then the log will be print to log file
  fileLog: true
  # How many hours to split the file
  rotateTime: 24
  # Maximum file storage hours
  maxAge: 72
  # CLI ip
  # CLI port
  port: 20498
  # REST service ip
  # REST service port
  restPort: 59720
  # true|false, when true, will check the RSA jwt token for rest api
  authentication: false
  #  restTls:
  #    certfile: /var/https-server.crt
  #    keyfile: /var/https-server.key
  # Prometheus settings
  prometheus: false
  prometheusPort: 20499
  # The URL where hosts all of pre-build plugins. By default it's at
  # Whether to ignore case in SQL processing. Note that, the name of customized function by plugins are case-sensitive.
  ignoreCase: true

run locally

Use the former method to run the eKuiper


The eKuiper project leverages Github actions to run unit test & FVT (functional verification test), so please take a look at the PR status result, and make sure that all of testcases run successfully.

  • Write Golang unit testcases to test your code if necessary.
  • A set of FVT testcases will be triggered with any PR submission, so please make sure that these testcases can be run successfully.


All code contributed to eKuiper will be licensed under Apache License V2. You need to ensure every new files you are adding have the right license header.

Sign-off commit

The sign-off is to certify the origin of the commit. It is required to commit to this project. If you set your and git configs, you can sign your commit automatically with git commit -s. Each commit must be signed off.


Periodically while you work, and certainly before submitting a pull request, you should update your branch with the most recent changes to the target branch. We prefer rebase than merge to avoid extraneous merge commits.

git fetch upstream
git rebase upstream/master

Then you can push to your forked repo. Assume the remove name for your forked is the default origin. If you have rebased the git history before the last push, add -f to force pushing the changes.

git push origin -f

Submitting changes

The master branch is active development branch, so it's recommended to set master as base branch, and also create PR against master branch.

Organize your commits to make a committer’s job easier when reviewing. Committers normally prefer multiple small pull requests, instead of a single large pull request. Within a pull request, a relatively small number of commits that break the problem into logical steps is preferred. For most pull requests, you'll squash your changes down to 1 commit. You can use the following command to re-order, squash, edit, or change description of individual commits.

git rebase -i upstream/master

Make sure all your commits comply to the commit message guidelines.

You'll then push to your branch on your forked repo and then navigate to eKuiper repo to create a pull request. Our GitHub repo provides automatic testing with GitHub action. Please make sure those tests pass. We will review the code after all tests passed.

Commit Message Guidelines

Each commit message consists of a header, a body and a footer. The header has a special format that includes a type, a scope and a subject:

<type>(<scope>): <subject>

The header with type is mandatory. The scope of the header is optional. This repository has no predefined scopes. A custom scope can be used for clarity if desired.

Any line of the commit message cannot be longer 100 characters! This allows the message to be easier to read on GitHub as well as in various git tools.

The footer should contain a closing reference to an issue if any.

Example 1:

feat: add Fuji release compose files
fix(script): correct run script to use the right ports

Previously device services used wrong port numbers. This commit fixes the port numbers to use the latest port numbers.

Closes: #123, #245, #992


If the commit reverts a previous commit, it should begin with revert:, followed by the header of the reverted commit. In the body it should say: This reverts commit <hash>., where the hash is the SHA of the commit being reverted.


Must be one of the following:

  • feat: New feature for the user, not a new feature for build script
  • fix: Bug fix for the user, not a fix to a build script
  • docs: Documentation only changes
  • style: Formatting, missing semi colons, etc; no production code change
  • refactor: Refactoring production code, eg. renaming a variable
  • chore: Updating grunt tasks etc; no production code change
  • perf: A code change that improves performance
  • test: Adding missing tests, refactoring tests; no production code change
  • build: Changes that affect the CI/CD pipeline or build system or external dependencies (example scopes: travis, jenkins, makefile)
  • ci: Changes provided by DevOps for CI purposes.
  • revert: Reverts a previous commit.


There are no predefined scopes for this repository. A custom scope can be provided for clarity.


The subject contains a succinct description of the change:

  • use the imperative, present tense: "change" not "changed" nor "changes"
  • don't capitalize the first letter
  • no dot (.) at the end


Just as in the subject, use the imperative, present tense: "change" not "changed" nor "changes". The body should include the motivation for the change and contrast this with previous behavior.

The footer should contain any information about Breaking Changes and is also the place to reference GitHub issues that this commit Closes.

Breaking Changes should start with the word BREAKING CHANGE: with a space or two newlines. The rest of the commit message is then used for this.

Community Promotion

Besides coding, other types of contributions are a great way to get involved. Welcome to contribute to this project by promoting it to the open source community and the world.

The promotion contributions include but not limit to:

  • Integrate of eKuiper to your open source project
  • Organize workshops or meetups about the project
  • Answer questions about the project on issues, slack or maillist
  • Write tutorials for how a project can be used
  • Offer to mentor another contributor

Thank you for taking the time to contribute!

Roles and responsibilities


Contributors are community members who contribute in concrete ways to the project. Anyone can contribute to the project and become a contributor, regardless of their skillset. There is no expectation of commitment to the project, no specific skill requirements, and no selection process. There are many ways to contribute to the project, which may be one or more of the following (but not limited to):

  • Reporting or fixing bugs.
  • Identifying requirements, strengths, and weaknesses.
  • Writing documentation.

For first-time contributors, it is recommended to start by going through code and doc contribution, and joining our community Slack channel.

As one continues to contribute to the project and engage with the community, he/she may at some point become eligible for an eKuiper committer.


Committers are active community members who have shown that they are committed to the continuous development of the project through ongoing engagement with the community. Committership allows contributors to more easily carry on with their project-related activities by giving them direct access to the project’s resources.

Typically, a potential committer needs to show that they have a sufficient understanding of the project, its objectives, and its strategy. To become a committer, you are expected to:

  • Be a eKuiper contributor.
  • Express interest to the existing maintainers that you are interested in becoming a committer.
  • Have contributed 6 or more substantial PRs.
  • Have an above-average understanding of the project codebase, its goals, and directions.

Contributors that meet the above requirements will be nominated by an existing maintainer to become a committer. It is recommended to describe the reasons for the nomination and the contribution of the nominee in the PR. The existing maintainers will confer and decide whether to grant committer status or not.

Committers are expected to review issues and PRs. Their LGTM counts towards the required LGTM count to merge a PR. While committership indicates a valued member of the community who has demonstrated a healthy respect for the project’s aims and objectives, their work continues to be reviewed by the community before acceptance in an official release.

A committer who shows an above-average level of contribution to the project, particularly with respect to its strategic direction and long-term health, may be nominated to become a maintainer. This role is described below.


Maintainers are first and foremost committers that have shown they are committed to the long term success of a project. They are the planners and designers of the eKuiper project. Maintainership is about building trust with the current maintainers of the project and being a person that they can depend on to make decisions in the best interest of the project in a consistent manner.

Committers want to become maintainers are expected to:

  • Enable adoptions or ecosystems.
  • Collaborate well. Participate in community meetings and events.
  • Demonstrate a deep and comprehensive understanding of eKuiper's architecture, technical goals, and directions.
  • Actively engage with major eKuiper feature proposals and implementations.

A new maintainer must be nominated by an existing maintainer. The nominating maintainer will create a PR to update the Maintainer List. It is recommended to describe the reasons for the nomination and the contribution of the nominee in the PR. Upon consensus of incumbent maintainers, the PR will be approved and the new maintainer becomes active.

Nomination process

The following table describes how the nomination is approved.

NominationDescriptionApprovalBinding RolesMinimum Length (days)
New CommitterWhen a new committer is proposed, should be only nominated by a maintainer.Lazy ConsensusActive maintainers7
New MaintainerWhen a new maintainer is proposed, should be only nominated by a maintainer.Supermajority (2/3) ApprovalActive maintainers7