We welcome and encourage new contributors to this project! We’re happy to help you work through any issues you’re having or to help you contribute to the project, so please reach out if you’re interested.


We want your help. No, really.

There may be a little voice inside your head that is telling you that you’re not ready to be an open source contributor; that your skills aren’t nearly good enough to contribute. What could you possibly offer a project like this one?

We assure you - the little voice in your head is wrong. If you can write code at all, you can contribute code to open source. Contributing to open source projects is a fantastic way to advance one’s coding skills. Writing perfect code isn’t the measure of a good developer (that would disqualify all of us!); it’s trying to create something, making mistakes, and learning from those mistakes. That’s how we all improve, and we are happy to help others learn.

Being an open source contributor doesn’t just mean writing code, either. You can help out by writing documentation, tests, or even giving feedback about the project (and yes - that includes giving feedback about the contribution process). Some of these contributions may be the most valuable to the project as a whole, because you’re coming to the project with fresh eyes, so you can see the errors and assumptions that seasoned contributors have glossed over.

Issues, Bugs, and New Feature Suggestions

If you have suggestions on new features, improvements to the project itself, you’ve detected some unruly behavior or a bug, or a suggestion of how we can make the project more accessible, feel free to file an issue on github.

Communication Channels

If you need help or have any questions about using widgyts that’s beyond the documentation (or if you’d like to join our community), you’re welcome to join the yt project’s slack (specifically in the widgyts channel) or ask in the yt users mailing list.

If you’d like to talk about new features or development of widgyts, the widyts channel in the yt project’s slack is a good place to go. The yt development mailing list is channel where these discussions are welcomed.

Contributing Code

We would be delighted for you to join and work on the widgyts project! If you’re interested in getting started, browse some of our open issues and see if there’s anything that you may find interesting. If there’s a new feature you’d like to add that isn’t in open issues, please reach out in the widgyts slack channel in the yt slack or on the yt development mailing list to talk a bit more about what you’d like to contribute. This will help make your contribution review go smoothly and merge quickly!

To get a development environment set up on your machine, please see the Development Installation directions to get started.

When issuing a pull request for new features in the widgyts package, please make sure the following are satisfied:

  • new features have accompanying documentation, including docstrings and examples

  • if javascript functionality is added, ensure it is commented thoroughly

  • tests have been added for new features

  • all tests run and pass

  • new documentation satisfies documentation contribution requirements

Contributing Examples or Documentation

To contribute new examples or update the documentation you do not need to have a development build of widgyts on your personal machine. To build the documentation, we have opted to use the same method as ipywidgets and distribute an environment.yml file that can be used to create an environment with the necessary packages to build the documentation on your personal machine. However, there’s no need to create an additional environment if you already have the environment to build the ipywidgets docs.

To install a widgyts docs environment with conda:

$ conda env create -f docs/environment.yml

and then to activate it:

$ source activate widgyts_docs

Once the packages necessary to build the documentation are installed on your machine, navigate into the documentation folder and use the Makefile to build the documentation:

$ cd docs
$ make clean
$ make html

The documentation will be built in the build/html folder.

When issuing a pull request for additional documentation or new examples, please make sure the following are satisfied:

  • new links, references, and pages work as expected

  • the documentation renders locally

  • trivializing words like “just”, “simply” or “trivial” are used minimally

  • if contributing a notebook, ensure that the data source is clearly documented

  • if contributing a notebook, please ensure that each cell has a preamble or comment explaining the contents of the next cell to be executed

Code Review and Expectations

After you submit a PR with your contribution, you can expect maintainers of the project to begin review within a week.

Please keep in mind that this project is fairly new, so we will try to get back to you as soon as possible with any contributions, but it may take a few days.


We expect members of this community to abide by the Code of Conduct when interacting in this community.