The project is developed and maintained by community contributors. Volunteers form a core part of F-Droid. You can help too:
If you already know something about F-Droid, then you can help others learn and get started. Help answer questions that users and developers have about F-Droid! Please be considerate of our code of conduct. We want to provide a positive and enjoyable environment for everybody.
If you experience problems with the site or client software, you can report them in the appropriate issue tracker, talk with us in the Forums or join the chat via your protocol of choice. We also welcome help managing our issue trackers, including asking follow-up questions, reviewing merge requests, adding labels, and more.
If you have the technical skills required, you can also put together the relevant metadata and submit that via the F-Droid Data repository, which will drastically speed up the inclusion of the application.
The same applies for helping to build newer versions of applications.
The client application is available in many languages. Should yours not be among those, or be in need of updates or improvement, please create an account and use the translation system to make your changes.
Testing upcoming F-Droid releases is the best way to make sure that a new release can do what you need it to do. And of course, if you report a problem to us, then we know about it and can fix it! If you have a bug to report, see the issues page. One easy places to jump in is reviewing translation updates on https://staging.f-droid.org/.
There are four main git repositories hosted at GitLab:
- Android client application,
- server tools for running a repository and building or installing applications locally
- associated metadata files for applications in the main F-Droid repository
- website and documentation
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.
For working with the server and data projects, it’s a good idea to read the manual.
F-Droid provides multiple servers (builders, web portal, download areas and more) which need regular maintenance, Ansible-based deployment and hardware management. Further information can be found by asking in the chat or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
At its core, F-Droid is a giant collection of data about the apps we ship. There are build logs, app metadata, source code, APK metadata, and more. F-Droid also fits into the larger Android ecosystem, where there are even larger pools of data to dive into. We also have some metrics data that remains mostly unexplored, and could reveal new insights in the F-Droid ecosystem. One good way to dive in is to try out our APIs