- If you don't already have one, create a GitHub account.
- Open the Node.js core repository web page.
- Use the "Fork" button to fork the repository:
- On the page for your own fork, use the "Clone or download" button and copy the URL for cloning to your clipboard:
- On the command line, in your home directory or a directory you have for projects, run:
git clone <paste that URL here!>
- When that is done:
git remote add upstream https://github.com/nodejs/node.git
- Optional, but recommended: Configure `git` so that it knows who
git config user.name "<Your Name Here!>"
Make sure your email address is also added to your
GitHub email list
so that your commits will be properly associated with your account
and you will be promoted to Contributor once your first commit is
git config user.email "<Your Email Address Here!>"
- Follow the instructions to build Node.js. You should not install the version of Node.js built with these instructions. Follow the instructions to build and test only. Once you have `make test` or `vcbuild test` running successfully, you can stop and come back here.
- If all your tests passed, you can look at the Next Steps page for suggestions on ways to find issues to work on. If you have tests that are failing, try to figure out why that is. If you need help, search/use the Node.js issue tracker.