How to contribute to the Wazo Platform

In order to contribute to the Wazo Platform you need to be able to retrieve the source code, edit the code, try your changes and contribute the code to the Git repository.

Getting the code

The source code for the Wazo Platform is available on GitHub. Our GitHub organization contains over 200 repositories. Finding the one you want to contribute can be a daunting task.

The Wazo developers page can help you find which repository you should be working on. Asking for help is always an option when looking at the less popular corners of the source code.

You can then clone the desired repositories on you hard drive and start coding.

Editing the code

Most of the Wazo Platform is written in Python, our code follows the PEP8 conventions. You can use a tool such as flake8 to validate that you code respects the standards. Some repositories also include the appropriate configuration to check your code using the tox command tox -e linters.

Respecting coding standards is not sufficient to warrant quality code. Your contribution should not break any existing tests and when possible, it should add tests for the code you are adding. We use 3 kind of tests. Unittests, Integration tests and acceptance tests.


Unittests are small tests that exercise a function or method in your code. These tests should be fast and should not depend on other services running on your system, such as a database. It should also leave your environment in the same state, no files laying around.

You can execute unittests with the following command

tox -e py37

Integration tests

Integration tests exercise a service as a black box. It uses the public API of the service and use the API to assert that the test passes. Our integration tests use docker to avoid installing too many dependencies on your system. You can find the integration tests in the integration_tests directory of most repository. Executing the following command from the root directory of a project should execute all integration tests.

tox -eintegration

If tox is not configured to execute integration tests, you can execute the following commands.

cd integration_tests
make test-setup
make test

Acceptance tests

Acceptance tests are longer tests that uses the Wazo to test a feature from end-to-end. These tests are usually longer to execute and require a dedicated Wazo Platform. As a contributor you are not expected to execute these tests if you are not contributing to them. Some of the acceptance tests are automatic wazo-acceptance and other are executed manually at the end of each sprint.

Trying your code

After writing your code and checking that it does not break any tests, you should try it. The “easiest” way to do so is to use a virtual machine with a working engine. You should avoid testing in a production environment to avoid outage for you and your users. To install your test engine follow the Installing the System documentation.

Now that you have a test engine, you want to try your code on it. Before starting I suggest you make a snapshot of your virtual machine to be able to come back to a clean install whenever needed. Then you can use wdk to update the code running on your test platform.

The installation instructions for wdk are contained in its README as well as its usage instructions.

Contributing your code

Once you are satisfied with your modifications, you can submit a pull request. At this point you should watch your pull request to see if anyone or anything comments on it and respond to comments to eventually get your contribution merged.

Asking for help

The Wazo developers can be contacted on our MatterMost server.