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Avinash Singh
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Hacktoberfest: A Guide to Open Source Contribution and Celebration

Every October, the global tech community comes alive with excitement as developers, designers, and enthusiasts worldwide participate in Hacktoberfest, a month-long celebration of open source software and collaborative coding. Founded in 2013 by DigitalOcean and GitHub, Hacktoberfest has grown into a massive event that not only encourages open source contributions but also fosters a sense of community and learning. In this article, we'll dive into what Hacktoberfest is all about and provide a step-by-step guide on how you can join the festivities.

What is Hacktoberfest?

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Hacktoberfest is an annual event that runs throughout the month of October. It encourages individuals to contribute to open source projects on platforms like GitHub. The primary goal is to promote open source development by making it accessible to developers of all skill levels. Participants are rewarded with limited-edition Hacktoberfest swag, including T-shirts, stickers, and digital badges, making it a fun and rewarding experience. There is little change in goodies this year. Confirm it on official site.

Why Participate in Hacktoberfest?

Participating in Hacktoberfest offers several benefits:

  1. Learning Opportunity: It's a fantastic way to learn about open source development, version control systems (like Git), and collaboration tools (like GitHub).

  2. Networking: You can connect with like-minded developers from around the world, creating valuable connections in the tech community.

  3. Contribution to Open Source: By contributing to open source projects, you help improve software used by people globally, making a meaningful impact.

  4. Swag: Hacktoberfest swag is a tangible reward for your contributions. The T-shirt is especially coveted in the developer community.

How to Participate in Hacktoberfest

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to participate in Hacktoberfest:

1. Create a GitHub Account

If you don't have a GitHub account, sign up for one at GitHub. This is where you'll host your contributions.

2. Register for Hacktoberfest

Visit the official Hacktoberfest website at and sign in using your GitHub account. This step officially registers you for the event .

3. Find Projects to Contribute To

Browse open source projects on GitHub that interest you. You can search for issues labeled as "Hacktoberfest" or use the Hacktoberfest website's "Find Projects" tool to discover projects seeking help.

4. Choose an Issue

Once you've found a project, look for an issue that you'd like to work on. Start with beginner-friendly issues if you're new to open source. Comment on the issue to express your intention to contribute.

5. Fork the Repository

On the project's GitHub page, click the "Fork" button in the top right corner. This creates a copy of the repository under your GitHub account.

6. Clone the Repository

Open a terminal and use the git clone command to download your forked repository to your local machine.

git clone

7. Make Changes

Make the necessary changes to fix the issue or add a feature. Remember to follow the project's contribution guidelines and coding standards.

8. Commit and Push

Once you're satisfied with your changes, commit them to your local repository and push them to your GitHub fork.

git add .
git commit -m "Description of the changes"
git push origin branch-name

9. Create a Pull Request

Go to your GitHub fork, and you should see an option to create a Pull Request (PR). Submit the PR, describing the changes you made. This initiates a discussion with the project maintainers.

10. Review and Collaborate

The project maintainers will review your PR and provide feedback. Be responsive to their comments and make necessary adjustments.

11. Merge and Celebrate

Once your PR is approved, the maintainers will merge your changes into the main project. Congratulations! You've successfully contributed to open source and completed a Hacktoberfest challenge.

12. Repeat and Collect Swag

You can complete multiple contributions to earn Hacktoberfest swag. Remember, quality contributions are more valuable than quantity.

Tips for a Successful Hacktoberfest

1. Read Documentation: Always start by reading the project's documentation and contribution guidelines.

2. Choose Projects Wisely: Select projects that align with your interests and skills.

3. Collaborate: Engage with the project's community and ask for help when needed.

4. Quality over Quantity: Focus on making meaningful contributions rather than just aiming for the swag.

5. Have Fun: Hacktoberfest is not just about coding; it's about enjoying the journey and the sense of community.

Some Beginner's Friendly respositories to contribute



Hacktoberfest is a fantastic opportunity to give back to the open source community, learn, and connect with developers worldwide. Whether you're a seasoned developer or just starting your coding journey, Hacktoberfest has something for everyone. So, this October, dive into the world of open source, make meaningful contributions, and enjoy the Hacktoberfest spirit! Happy coding!

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Top comments (2)

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Tom Odey

Thanks for the article. I'm looking forward to participating in my first Hacktoberfest!

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Avinash Singh

Let me know for any help , all the best !