How to Contribute to BotKube

We’d love your help!

BotKube is MIT Licensed and accepts contributions via GitHub pull requests. This document outlines some of the conventions on development workflow, commit message formatting, contact points and other resources to make it easier to get your contributions accepted.

We gratefully welcome improvements to documentation as well as to code.

Contributing to documentation

You can contribute to documentation by following these instructions

Compile BotKube from source code


  • Make sure you have go compiler installed.
  • BotKube uses dep to manage dependencies.
  • You will also need make and docker installed on your machine.
  • Clone the source code
  $ git clone $GOPATH/src/
  $ cd $GOPATH/src/

Now you can build and run BotKube by one of the following ways

Build the container image

  1. This will build BotKube and create a new container image tagged as infracloud/botkube:latest

    $ make build
    $ docker tag infracloud/botkube:latest <your_account>/botkube:latest
    $ docker push <your_account>/botkube:latest

    Where <your_account> is Docker hub account to which you can push the image

  2. Follow the instructions from to deploy newly created image in your cluster.

    # Set the container image
    $ helm install --name botkube --namespace botkube \
       ... other options ...
       --set image.repository=your_account/botkube \
       --set image.tag=latest

Build and run BotKube locally

  1. Build BotKube binary
    If you don’t want to build the container image, you can build the binary like this,

    # Fetch the dependencies
    $ dep ensure
    # Build the binary
    $ go build ./cmd/botkube/
  2. Modify config.yaml according to your needs. Please refer configuration section from documentation for more details

    # From project root directory
    $ xdg-open config.yaml
  3. Export the path to directory of config.yaml

    # From project root directory
    $ export CONFIG_PATH=$(pwd)
  4. Make sure that correct context is set and you are able to access your Kubernetes cluster

    $ kubectl config current-context
    $ kubectl cluster-info
    Kubernetes master is running at
    CoreDNS is running at
  5. Run BotKube binary

    $ ./botkube

Making A Change

  • Before making any significant changes, please open an issue. Discussing your proposed changes ahead of time will make the contribution process smooth for everyone.

  • Once we’ve discussed your changes and you’ve got your code ready, make sure that build steps mentioned above pass. Open your pull request against develop branch.

  • To avoid build failures in CI, run

    # From project root directory
    $ ./hack/verify-*.sh

    This will check if the code is properly formatted, linted & vendor directory is present.

  • Make sure your pull request has good commit messages:

    • Separate subject from body with a blank line
    • Limit the subject line to 50 characters
    • Capitalize the subject line
    • Do not end the subject line with a period
    • Use the imperative mood in the subject line
    • Wrap the body at 72 characters
    • Use the body to explain what and why instead of how
  • Try to squash unimportant commits and rebase your changes on to develop branch, this will make sure we have clean log of changes.