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Contributing to Selectize

First off, thanks for taking the time to contribute! ❤️

All types of contributions are encouraged and valued. See the Table of Contents for different ways to help and details about how this project handles them. Please make sure to read the relevant section before making your contribution. It will make it a lot easier for us maintainers and smooth out the experience for all involved. The community looks forward to your contributions. 🎉

And if you like the project but don't have time to contribute, that's fine. There are other easy ways to support the project and show your appreciation, which we would also be very happy about:

  • Star us on GitHub
  • Sponsor the project and/or individual contributors
  • Tweet about it
  • Refer to us in your project's readme
  • Mention us at local meetups and tell your friends/colleagues

Code of Conduct

This project and everyone participating in it is governed by the Contributor Code of Conduct. By participating, you are expected to uphold this code. Please report unacceptable behavior to the maintainers.

I Have a Question

If you want to ask a question, we assume that you have read the available Documentation.

Before you ask a question, it is best to search for existing Issues that might help you. In case you have found a suitable issue and still need clarification, you can write your question in this issue. It is also advisable to search the internet for answers first.

If you then still feel the need to ask a question and need clarification, we recommend the following:

  • Open an Issue.
  • Provide as much context as possible about what problem you're experiencing.
  • Provide project and platform versions (nodejs, npm, etc.), depending on what seems relevant.

We will then take care of the issue as soon as possible.

I Want To Contribute

When contributing to this project, you must agree that you have authored 100% of the content, that you have the necessary rights to the content and that the content you contribute may be provided under the project license.

Reporting Bugs

Before Submitting a Bug Report

A good bug report shouldn't leave others needing to chase you up for more information. Therefore, we ask you to investigate carefully, collect information and describe the issue in detail in your report. Please complete the following steps in advance to help us fix any potential bug as fast as possible.

  • Make sure that you are using the latest version.
  • Determine if your bug is a bug and not an error. e.g., using incompatible environment components/versions (Make sure that you have read the documentation. If you are looking for support, you might want to check this section).
  • To see if other users have experienced (and potentially already solved) the same issue you are having, check if there is not already a bug report existing for your bug or error in the bug tracker.
  • Make sure to search the internet (including Stack Overflow) to see if users outside the GitHub community have discussed the issue.
  • Collect information about the bug:
    • Stack trace (Traceback)
    • OS, Platform, and Version (Windows, Linux, macOS, x86, ARM)
    • Version of the interpreter, compiler, SDK, runtime environment, and package manager, depending on what seems relevant.
  • Possibly your input and the output
  • Can you reliably reproduce the issue?
    • Can you also reproduce it with older versions? Or have you updated to the latest version?

How Do I Submit a Good Bug Report?

You must never report security related issues, vulnerabilities or bugs including sensitive information to the issue tracker, or elsewhere in public. Instead sensitive bugs must be sent by email to .

We use GitHub issues to track bugs and errors. If you run into an issue with the project:

  • Open an Issue. (Since we can't be sure at this point whether it is a bug or not, we ask you not to talk about a bug yet and not to label the issue.)
  • Explain the behavior you would expect and the actual behavior.
  • Please provide as much context as possible and describe the reproduction steps that someone else can follow to recreate the issue on their own. This usually includes your code. For good bug reports you should isolate the problem and create a reduced test case.
  • Provide the information you collected in the previous section.

Once it's filed:

  • The project team will label the issue accordingly.
  • A team member will try to reproduce the issue with your provided steps. If there are no reproduction steps or no obvious way to reproduce the issue, the team will ask you for those steps and mark the issue as needs-repro. Bugs with the needs-repro tag will not be addressed until they are reproduced.
  • If the team can reproduce the issue, it will be marked needs-fix, as well as possibly other tags (such as critical), and the issue will be left to be implemented by someone.

Suggesting Enhancements

This section guides you through submitting an enhancement suggestion for Selectize, including completely new features and minor improvements to existing functionality. Following these guidelines will help maintainers and the community to understand your suggestion and find related suggestions.

Before Submitting an Enhancement

  • Make sure that you are using the latest version.
  • Read the documentation carefully and find out if the functionality is already covered, maybe by an individual configuration.
  • Perform a search to see if the enhancement has already been suggested. If it has, add a comment to the existing issue instead of opening a new one.
  • Find out whether your idea fits with the scope and aims of the project. It's up to you to make a strong case to convince the project's developers of the merits of this feature. Keep in mind that we want features that will be useful to the majority of our users and not just a small subset. If you're just targeting a minority of users, consider writing an add-on/plugin library.

How Do I Submit a Good Enhancement Suggestion?

We track enhancement suggestions as GitHub issues.

  • Use a clear and descriptive title for the issue to identify the suggestion.
  • Provide a detailed description of the suggested enhancement in as many details as possible.
  • Describe the current behavior and explain which behavior you expected to see instead and why. At this point, you can also tell which alternatives do not work for you.
  • You may want to include screenshots and animated GIFs which help you demonstrate the steps or point out the part to which the suggestion is related. You can use this tool to record GIFs on macOS and Windows, and this tool or this tool on Linux.
  • Explain why this enhancement would be helpful to most Selectize users. You may also want to point out the other projects that solved it better and which could serve as inspiration.

Your First Code Contribution

Build from source

Compile Javascript, SCSS and LESS in the /src directory to JavaScript and CSS in the /build directory.

Running make will build the project, run all tests, and update the distribution files in /dist.

npm run build

# Or to specify one or more specific browsers
BROWSERS=Firefox,Chrome,Safari npm test

Functional and Unit Tests

Please ensure all the tests pass:

npm run test

Local Environment

Running npm start on your repo will start a web server allowing you to view a local copy of this documentation, where you can test your changes against our example pages.

If you are adding a new plugin, you should also add a corresponding example page to the /docs/docs/plugins directory.

You can then run the examples at

Improving The Documentation

If you are a new contributor and want to help improve the documentation, you can edit the documentation files in the /docs directory.

We actively seek additional help in building new examples or providing documentation translations.

Commit Messages

Commit messages should be concise and descriptive and reference the issue they are addressing whenever possible. In addition, they should follow the Conventional Commits specification.

Pull Requests

If you're motivated to fix a bug or to develop a new feature, we'd love to see your code. When submitting pull requests, please remember the following:

  • Make sure tests pass: Run npm test to make sure your changes don't break existing functionality
  • Do not make changes to files in /dist or /docs/static/js. Limiting your edits to files in /src directories keeps the size of your pull request down and makes it easier for us to evaluate. After your pull request is approved, we'll update these folders automatically.
  • Add tests: In the best-case scenario, you are adding tests to back up your changes, but don't sweat it if you don't. We can discuss them at a later date.
  • Squash your commits together in one or a few complete, logical commits with a concise and descriptive message. For example, one commit means one feature/bugfix/thing that has changed or a diff bringing the code one step forward to a better, working state.