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GitHub is a web-based Git repository hosting service, which offers free accounts for FLOSS software projects. Use this tag for questions about how working with GitHub affects open source projects.

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Properly licensing my software on GitHub

When releasing software on GitHub, I usually state something in the Readme which reads like "Code written by [name and alias], licensed under GPLv3". Is this sufficient ? Or do I need to include the ...
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Finding license dependencies from GitHub repo

How can I easily determine a project's dependencies' licenses? For example on my GitHub repo which includes multiple open source softwares.
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How to send a merge request for a new unit test that fails?

I found a bug in a open source project. The bug is easy to reproduce and as such I have added a failing unit test (the project already uses unit tests) and submitted a pull request. I have not fixed ...
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Should I notify the author to avoid duplicate effort for the same work?

I recently got aware that someone on Github is trying to build an image labeling tool that I already have developed 2 years back. His work is in the initial stage currently. But got good popularity. ...
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Starting to maintain an unmaintained but popular repository

I came across a Python package that was rather popular (2000 or so GitHub stars), but most recently committed to two years ago. In addition, the module version in the Python Packaging Index is an ...
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If someone else uploads my GPL'd code to Github without my permission, do they not put it at risk of being stolen by Microsoft?

I was alarmed to see that someone uploaded one of my old GPL'd projects to Github. Github has refused to remove it however, and suggests I contact the uploader who is completely anonymous and cannot ...
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“GitHub Stars” is a very useful metric. But for *what*?

Users on the GitHub website are able to "star" other people's repositories, thereby saving them in their list of Starred Repos. Some people use "stars" to indicate that they like a project, other ...
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How do I license, “Use my code as per the GNU GPL, but don't put it on GitHub”

I recently received a "surprise" email asking a question about one of my GPL'ed projects, and referring to code downloaded from https://github.com/icaoberg/mimetex/ That was the first I ever heard ...
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What can I assume if a publicly published project has no license?

There is some code on GitHub that I would like to use. The repository has no public declaration of license that I can find. But this particular project has over 200 forks and is a pretty active ...
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Selecting the right licensing model

I'm trying to select the correct licensing model for training content I create and currently host on Github. The content may be migrated in the future to another hosting platform or be converted to a ...
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Using Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial Data in a GPLv3 GitHub repo

My currently open-source project was made so that I could analyze a specific dataset. However, when in talks with the data holders, they want to keep their data in a Creative Commons Attribution-...
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Opensource projects using JIRA?

For my master thesis in software engineering I am looking into opensource projects using JIRA as an issue tracking system. However, other than Jenkins and the projects by Apache, it seems that such ...
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Should I use my own license in a fork of another GitHub repository, which I've revamped completely?

Background I am the owner of an open-source theme for Hugo named hugo-dream-plus which, as the name implies, is an upgraded version of hugo-theme-dream. Note that hugo-theme-dream is licensed ...
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license for the code snippet posted in github issues

Is the code snippet posted in github repository issues section automatically under the same license that the repository is having? Additionally(and related), is the content in pull request which has ...
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Can I publish someone's GPL (version 2) source code to GitHub or BitBucket?

I obtained a GPLed (version 2) source code. But it is not maintained, and I have tried to fix some bugs. I plan to publish the code to git repository like GitHub or BitBucket. However, I cannot get ...
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Required works to put existing GPLv3 source code on GitHub, with respect to modification dates

I was looking at the GPLv3 License. It states that when I modify the Program and distribute it, I need to meet the condition of: a) The work must carry prominent notices stating that you modified it,...
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Is a git repository enough to show changes to the code for GNU-GPLv3?

I want to create a fork of an opensource project. I'm planning to make significant changes to it and I will keep these changes on a git(hub) repository that is available to anyone. As such changes ...
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Include compiled tesseract application in my project

I have an open source project (haven't chosen a license yet) that uses tesseract for OCR. This is a windows only project. My program requires the end user to have a copy of tesseract on their system ...
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What is the correct way to add license information to source code?

I have recently released some projects on GitHub and its catching people's attention(I had released earlier too but they were just for learning and didn't carry much weight). But I think I made a ...
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How should I use software under the MIT Licence without copyright holder?

I am working on a project and started from some GitHub repository, licensed under the MIT license. The preamble is the following: MIT License Copyright (c) 2018 Permission is hereby ...
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How to get people to contribute to my open source project instead of copying it?

I have a project that I worked alot on it, and now I'm thinking of asking people to contribute to it, but my concern is that people will take my existing code and do whatever they want with it(modify ...
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How to find opensource/software freedom GitHub alternatives?

Reviewers: the post was edited, now it asks for the most important selection parameters and not for a list. Now that Microsoft bought Github, I think programmers and coders favorizing software ...
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Why GitHub is not opensource when it's use Git that has GPLv2 license?

I have this question after all happens when Microsoft bought GitHub. But GitHub core is not git? I now that when you use a GPLv2 in your program you must have to give your program the same license. ...
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Are the new GitHub Terms of service a kiss of death for open source projects?

This recent post tends to say that the new GitHub TOS make most open source projects at odds to comply with both their FOSS licensing and the TOS. Is this right? Anything copyleft (GPL, AGPL, LGPL,...
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Can I commercially use a fixed source code distributed under GPL?

There is this source code on GitHub (a PHP class, around 200 lines of code) distributed under GPL license which has some bugs and is not useful to me unless those bugs are fixed. If I fix those bugs, ...
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Can I add a license to a forked repository? Can I license only my added code?

I would like to fork an existing repository which has no existing license. I would then like to add the GNU GPLv3 license to any code that I write, but it seems as though I cannot apply this license ...
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How do I license my project which is based on Apache 2.0?

I'm working on an app for android. I found this project on GitHub licensed under Apache 2.0. I am planning to make modifications to the project and use it commercially. I am also planning to monetize ...
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How to track upstream using Git when forking a project?

There is an open source project that I'd like to fork for various reasons. The upstream project uses SVN for source code management, but they maintain a read-only Git mirror on GitHub. I want to take ...
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How to indicate that I also have an issue on github?

On GitHub issue page, there doesn't seem to be a place to show that I also share this problem (e.g. upvote, +1) to let the developers prioritize this issue. Is there a way to do this? If know, how do ...
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How can I find developers for contributing in my open source project? [duplicate]

I've made an open-source project (web based spreadsheet) on github.com, how can I find developers for contributing on that project, is there some kind of specific community or something?
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How to complete CLA on GitHub

I have submitted a pull request on GitHub and the organization asked me to sign the CLA before they can merge the pull request, who currently has the red label 'cla-required'. How can I do this? ...
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GitHub with temporary code under 'GNU General Public License'

I am writing a software project, and have created a repository for it on GitHub for backup reasons (I don't actually want to publish it). I began doing a little refactoring, and as an experiment ...
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OSS licensing for GitHub projects

If I made some contributions to a repository on GitHub and then decided to delete the source code that I contributed, are other users of the repository still allowed to use that particular source code?...
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I was told by a project that they only want my help on a few things

I am a young programmer who is interested in many many different types of projects and often start my own projects which are far too large to complete by myself so I went out and tried to find a ...
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Where do I put documentation? How much is necessary?

I'm creating a program in python that simulates an ideal quantum computer. It is on GitHub, and while it is not anywhere near complete yet, I don't know how much documentation I need to include, and ...
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How do I stop people from opening questions in the issue tracker?

I'm a collaborator in a pretty popular open source project hosted on GitHub. We have a problem where people constantly show up in the issue tracker and post questions about the library. Dealing with ...
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I want to make my private GitHub repo public; can I put part of it under MIT license, and keep the rest protected?

I have been working on a project that is hosted on GitHub in a private repository. The repo has three directories, call them frame, private1, private2. The frame directory is framework code used by ...
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Can I use API exposed in an open source project (MIT License) in a commercial software?

I wanted to use an api that is exposed in an open source project under MIT License.There's no restrictions mentioned for the use of api anywhere in the License neither it says that we can use the api ...
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What tools on GitHub can help me do quality assurance for my projects?

I run a moderately successful open source project on GitHub (it is a privacy enhancing tool for public websites, based upon some PETs I developed for my thesis). I am getting quite a few feature ...
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Forking a GPL 2 Project on GitHub

I recently forked a project on GitHub. After doing a significant amount of work on the fork I was wondering how to proceed with spinning it off into an independent project. The reason I ask is because ...
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How to let developer get a look on pull-requests

I created a pull-request on GitHub repository whose last activity is half a year ago. But I am not sure whether this patch would be reviewed by developer. I do want this patch be applied to the ...
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How to prevent users to jump to “premium” plan in a web-app

I want to know how can I prevent users to download the code from Git Hub for example, search in the code for a premium variable or something similar and change it to true, rebuild the project and boom,...
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How can I refer to a repository for my project when it has no license but we can download it?

I made a .NET C# project with an api library published on GitHub by some company. So I'm now going to publish mine to GitHub as well, but I've found there is no license on the repository that I ...
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How to copy a project from codeplex to GitHub

Since codeplex hub is disappearing, some projects have not been moved by their owners to other places. What would be the process of moving someone else's project?
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GitHub's “Help wanted” label: What if I want help on all issues?

I have a project with 200 open issues (many more closed), and I want to encourage more people to join and fix issues. Recently GitHub is showing me this: Label issues and pull requests for new ...
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Publishing an open source project linked to commercial closed API

We are thinking about to publish a module of a commercial closed software as open source under e.g. MIT or BSD. The published open source module would have still some dependencies to the commercial ...
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How do I (a beginner) find a bug in a project on Github?

I'm just getting started with software development and open source and I'm really excited about contributing to a real world project. But, I don't understand how to find bugs in projects as most ...
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Opensource license ownership and collaboration

If a person releases their source under some Open source license. And later if another person contributes to the project through a pull request (in Github). Then, does the contributor gets a say if ...
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Can a GitHub Organization assert copyright?

I started an OSS project with a fellow coding enthusiast in 2014 (that has since pretty much left the project, although as far as I can tell he's still following everything that's going on). Since the ...
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License to use for smaller GitHub repos

I frequently create programs to process my local files in some fashion. About half of them are Bash shell scripts under 100 lines, others may be longer, include multiple files, or even be in other ...