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Contribute to Strapi

Strapi is an open-source project administered by the Strapi team. We appreciate your interest and efforts to contribute to Strapi. See the LICENSE licensing information. All work done is available on GitHub.

We highly appreciate your effort to contribute, but we recommend you talk to a maintainer before spending a lot of time making a pull request that may not align with the project roadmap. Whether it is from Strapi or contributors, every pull request goes through the same process.

Feature Requests

Feature Requests by the community are highly encouraged. Feel free to submit a new one or upvote an existing feature request on

Request For Comments (RFC)

Larger chunks of changes to Strapi that might affect many users require a thorough design phase before starting working on a PR. We will do our best to respond as soon as possible, but since we need to discuss these proposals thoroughly, please do not expect them to be merged and accepted immediately.

The Request For Comments process will help us create consensus among the core team and include as much feedback as possible from the community for these upcoming changes.

A Request For Comments has to be created on the strapi/rfcs repository.

Code of Conduct

This project, and everyone participating in it, are governed by the Strapi Code of Conduct. By participating, you are expected to uphold it. Make sure to read the full text to understand which type of actions may or may not be tolerated.

Contributor License Agreement (CLA)

Individual contribution

You need to sign a Contributor License Agreement (CLA) to accept your pull request. You only need to do this once. If you submit a pull request for the first time, you can complete your CLA here, or our CLA bot will automatically ask you to sign before merging the pull request.

Company contribution

If you make contributions to our repositories on behalf of your company, we will need a Corporate Contributor License Agreement (CLA) signed. To do that, please get in touch with us at


Pull requests related to fixing documentation for the latest release should be directed towards the documentation repository. Please follow the documentation contributing guide for more information.


Strapi is using GitHub issues to manage bugs. We keep a close eye on them. Before filing a new issue, try to ensure your problem does not already exist.

Before Submitting a Pull Request

The Strapi core team will review your pull request and either merge it, request changes, or close it.

Contribution Prerequisites

  • You have Node.js at version >= v18 and <= v20 and Yarn at v1.2.0+ installed.
  • You are familiar with Git.

Before submitting your pull request make sure the following requirements are fulfilled:

  • Fork the repository and create your new branch from main.
  • Run yarn install in the root of the repository.
  • Run yarn setup in the root of the repository.
  • If you've fixed a bug or added code that should be tested, please make sure to add tests
  • Ensure the following test suites are passing:
    • yarn test:unit
    • yarn test:front
    • yarn test:e2e --setup --concurrency=1
      • you may need to install Playwright browsers first: yarn playwright install
  • Make sure your code lints by running yarn lint.
  • If your contribution fixes an existing issue, please make sure to link it in your pull request.

Development Workflow

1. Fork the repository

Go to the repository and fork it using your own GitHub account.

2. Clone your repository

git clone

3. Install the dependencies

Go to the root of the repository and run the setup:

cd strapi
yarn install
yarn setup

4. Start the example application

cd ./examples/getstarted
yarn develop

Make sure to read the getstarted application README for more details.

5. Running the administration panel in development mode

Start the administration panel server for development:

cd ./packages/core/admin
yarn develop

The administration panel should now be available at http://localhost:4000/admin. Make sure the example application (step 4) is still running.

Awesome! You are now able to contribute to Strapi.

6. Available commands

  • yarn watch starts yarn watch in all packages.
  • yarn build builds the strapi-helper-plugin (use this command when you develop in the administration panel).
  • yarn setup installs dependencies.
  • yarn lint lints the codebase.
  • yarn test:clean removes the coverage reports.
  • yarn test:front runs front-end related tests.
  • yarn test:front:watch runs an interactive test watcher for the front-end.
  • yarn test:unit runs the back-end unit tests.
  • yarn test:api runs the api integration tests.
  • yarn test:generate-app generates a test application.
  • yarn test:run-app runs a test application.
  • yarn test:start-app starts the test application.

Running the API Integration tests

The API integration tests require a Strapi app to be able to run. You can generate a "test app" using yarn test:generate-app <database>:

$ yarn test:generate-app --db=sqlite
$ yarn test:generate-app --db=postgres
$ yarn test:generate-app --db=mysql

A new app is required every time you run the API integration tests, otherwise the test suite will fail. A command is available to make this process easier: yarn test:api.

This command runs tests using jest behind the scenes. Options for jest can be passed to the command. (e.g. to update snapshots yarn test:api -u).

Changing the database

By default the script run by test:api generates an app that uses sqlite as a database. But you can run the test suites using different databases:

$ yarn test:api --db=sqlite
$ yarn test:api --db=postgres
$ yarn test:api --db=mysql

Running the tests for the Enterprise Edition (EE)

The test suites run the tests for the Community Edition (CE) version of Strapi by default. In order to run the Enterprise Edition tests you need a valid license. To specify a license, you can use the environment variable STRAPI_LICENSE:

$ STRAPI_LICENSE=<license> yarn test:api


Repository Organization

We chose to use a monorepo design using Yarn Workspaces in the way React or Babel does. This allows us to maintain the whole ecosystem keep it up-to-date and consistent.

We do our best to keep the master branch as clean as possible, with tests passing at all times. However, the master branch can move faster than the release cycle. Therefore check the releases on npm so that you are always up-to-date with the latest stable version.

Reporting an issue

Before submitting an issue you need to make sure:

  • You are experiencing a technical issue with Strapi.
  • You have already searched for related issues and found none open (if you found a related closed issue, please link to it from your post).
  • You are not asking a question about how to use Strapi or about whether or not Strapi has a certain feature. For general help using Strapi, you may:
  • Your issue title is concise, on-topic, and polite.
  • You provide steps to reproduce the issue.
  • You have tried all the following (if relevant), and your issue remains:
    • Make sure you have the right application started.
    • Make sure the [issue template] is respected.
    • Make sure your issue body is readable and well formatted.
    • Make sure you've stopped the Strapi server with CTRL+C and restarted it.
    • Make sure your application has a clean node_modules directory, meaning:
      • you didn't link any dependencies (e.g., by running yarn link)
      • you haven't made any inline changes to files in the node_modules directory
      • you don't have any global dependency loops. If you aren't sure, the easiest way to double-check any of the above is to run: $ rm -rf node_modules && yarn cache clean && yarn install && yarn setup.