Contributing to MantisBT

MantisBT uses the source control tool Git for tracking development of the project. If you are new to Git, you can find some good resources for learning and installing Git in the Appendix.

Initial Setup

There are a few steps the MantisBT team requires of contributers and developers when accepting code submissions. The user needs to configure Git to know their full name (not a screen name) and an email address they can be contacted at (not a throwaway address).

To set up your name and email address with Git, run the following commands, substituting your own real name and email address:

$ git config --global "John Smith"
$ git config --global ""

Optionally, you may want to also configure Git to use terminal colors when displaying file diffs and other information, and you may want to alias certain Git actions to shorter phrases for less typing:

$ git config --global color.diff "auto"
$ git config --global color.status "auto"
$ git config --global color.branch "auto"

$ git config --global "status"
$ git config --global alias.di "diff"
$ git config --global "checkout"
$ git config --global "commit"