The project is entirely developed and maintained by volunteers. You can help in the following ways:
Follow our work
The Feeds page lists the various sites that we work on.
If you experience problems with the site or client software, you can report them in the issue tracker, discuss them in the Forum, on Matrix or on IRC (#fdroid on OFTC). Take a look at the Repository Maintenance page to see how you can help keeping apps and their metadata up to date.
If you are reporting an issue with the client, check out these pointers to make sure we have the best chance of reproducing and fixing your issue.
If you see an application missing from the repository that fits with the Inclusion Policy), then you can add that application via a merge request. Otherwise, to make a simple request, go to the dedicated Requests for Packaging tracker.
Metadata may already be found there but it can always be improved. Often developers don’t mark their releases well: you can ask them to use tags via an issue on their tracker, which will allow us to use an automatic check for new versions (and you can suggest a donation method while you’re about it!). Another common task is the comparison of included libraries with official versions.
If you have the technical skills required, you can also put together the relevant metadata and submit a merge request to the git repository, which should speed up the inclusion of the application. See the sticky thread at the top of that forum for more information.
The procedure for updating apps is similar to adding new apps: changes are applied to the metadata in the fdroiddata git repository. You’ll need to already be familiar with adding new apps. Even though it should take much less time to update an app one should still be cautious. Follow the steps in the update guide to minimize the risk of messing up and don’t be afraid to ask for help!
Add information about no longer maintained apps
At the beginning of the app’s description in metadata (provided Description is held on our end), insert a paragraph saying
NOTE: This app is no longer maintained.
Optionally link “no longer maintained” to where that statement is found (if not directly on the app’s Readme/Website). Or add “(its repo has been archived)” – whichever fits. If the repo is gone altogether, instead remove the entries for
RepoURL, and at the very end of the metadata YAML add a line saying
NoSourceSince: 0.1.2 (where 0.1.2 should be the versionName of the last build available) – this will automatically translate into an AntiFeature and thus be displayed prominently.
In the end make that an MR.
The client application is available in many languages, but if yours is not included, or if it needs updating or improving, follow these instructions.
The web site and some app descriptions (if the original developer does not supply their own description) can also be translated through Weblate.
There’s a dedicated forum section for discussions about translation.
Help with development
There are three git repositories hosted at GitLab, as follows:
- Android client application - https://gitlab.com/fdroid/fdroidclient Issues suitable for new contributors are tagged help-wanted
- Server tools, for the tools for running a repository and building/installing applications locally - https://gitlab.com/fdroid/fdroidserver
- Metadata files for applications in the main F-Droid repository - https://gitlab.com/fdroid/fdroiddata
The easiest way to contribute to development is to make clones of these projects and submit merge requests. If you are making large changes, it would be good to discuss them on IRC or in the forum first, to ensure they fit with the direction of the project, and do not clash with or duplicate work already in development.
Help with Infrastructure
F-Droid provides multiple servers (builders, web portal, download areas…) which need regular maintenance, Ansible-based deployment, and hardware management. Further information can be found by asking on Matrix, IRC (#fdroid-dev on OFTC) or email@example.com.
We’d love any contributions to make the project prettier and easier to use. If you are good at writing we are working on improving the Home page. If you can design mockups the client developers could use your help. Post them to the issue tracker for client or the website.