Contributions are welcome, and they are greatly appreciated! Every little bit helps, and credit will always be given.

Types of Contributions

Report Bugs

Report bugs at

If you are reporting a bug, please include:

  • Your operating system name and version.

  • Any details about your local setup that might be helpful in troubleshooting.

  • Detailed steps to reproduce the bug.

Fix Bugs

Look through the GitHub issues for bugs. Anything tagged with “bug” is open to whoever wants to implement it.

Implement Features

Look through the GitHub issues for features. Anything tagged with “feature” is open to whoever wants to implement it.

Write Documentation

Invenio-Records could always use more documentation, whether as part of the official Invenio-Records docs, in docstrings, or even on the web in blog posts, articles, and such.

Submit Feedback

The best way to send feedback is to file an issue at

If you are proposing a feature:

  • Explain in detail how it would work.

  • Keep the scope as narrow as possible, to make it easier to implement.

  • Remember that this is a volunteer-driven project, and that contributions are welcome :)

Get Started!

Ready to contribute? Here’s how to set up invenio-records for local development.

  1. Fork the inveniosoftware/invenio-records repo on GitHub.

  2. Clone your fork locally:

    $ git clone
  3. Install your local copy into a virtualenv. Assuming you have virtualenvwrapper installed, this is how you set up your fork for local development:

    $ mkvirtualenv invenio-records
    $ cd invenio-records/
    $ pip install -e .[all]
  4. Create a branch for local development:

    $ git checkout -b name-of-your-bugfix-or-feature

    Now you can make your changes locally.

  5. When you’re done making changes, check that your changes pass tests:

    $ ./

    The tests will provide you with test coverage and also check PEP8 (code style), PEP257 (documentation), flake8 as well as build the Sphinx documentation and run doctests.

  6. Commit your changes and push your branch to GitHub:

    $ git add .
    $ git commit -s
        -m "component: title without verbs"
        -m "* NEW Adds your new feature."
        -m "* FIX Fixes an existing issue."
        -m "* BETTER Improves and existing feature."
        -m "* Changes something that should not be visible in release notes."
    $ git push origin name-of-your-bugfix-or-feature
  7. Submit a pull request through the GitHub website.

Pull Request Guidelines

Before you submit a pull request, check that it meets these guidelines:

  1. The pull request should include tests and must not decrease test coverage.

  2. If the pull request adds functionality, the docs should be updated. Put your new functionality into a function with a docstring.

  3. The pull request should work for Python 2.7, 3.3, 3.4 and 3.5. Check and make sure that the tests pass for all supported Python versions.