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3 Platforms to Find Open Source Projects to Contribute

Finding an open source project to contribute can be challenging.

You need to find a project that aligns with your tech stack, interests, and available time.

So, I recently asked the same question on Twitter


In this article, I’ll list 3 platforms and actionable tips on how to find open source projects to contribute with them.

Shall we?


Platform #1: Newsletters

Newsletters are a great way to stay up-to-date on latest open source projects.

There are many newsletters available based on:

  • Programming Language
  • Framework
  • Technical Topic

A lot of these newsletters list projects that are looking for contributions. E.g Python Weekly newsletter has “Interesting Projects” to contribute to.

Python Weekly Newsletter

So subscribe to your skill-relevant newsletters and watch out for projects that interest you.

Awesome Newsletters is a great resource to scout for newsletters for developers.

Platform #2: HackerNews

Unless you live under a rock, you must have heard about HackerNews.

It’s ragingly popular among open source developers and a great way to follow discussions around open source projects.

HackerNews GitHub Postings

The best part is – the community filters good projects for you through voting.

So use HackerNews to follow the latest trends in the open source community.

Platform #3: GitHub Trending

Want to know the most popular repository in the last 24 hours? GitHub Trending is your friend.

GitHub Trending Landing Page

How does it work?

It ranks the repositories based on a combination of factors:

  • Stars
  • Forks
  • Issues

And find the projects with the most activity in the last 24 hours (or a week) for you.

You can also filter projects by programming & spoken language according to your interests.

Wrapping Up

That’s it!

Let me know in the comments how you find open source projects?

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