MariaDB is an Open Source project that thrives thanks to its community. MariaDB Foundation handles all community contributions in a timely manner. There are many ways to contribute to MariaDB. We welcome documentation changes and additions through the Knowledge Base, as well as code contributions to all repositories under our GitHub Repository. Additionally you can help grow the community by answering questions on the Knowledge Base, StackOverflow, Reddit, Quora and others. You can also vote on our polls and help us better understand the community's needs.
Our preferred communication channels are Zulip, and the mailing lists:
Most MariaDB developers are located in Europe, so the likely time to get immediate answers is during Europe business hours. However, feel free to drop a message anytime and it is very likely someone will answer soon!
As an Open Source Database, MariaDB Server follows a process simillar to most open source projects when it comes to contributing code. We prefer contributions in the form of pull requests on Github. There are a number of articles that describe the process in detail.
The basic principles however can be summarized as follows:
Aside from regular pull requests, MariaDB Foundation has participated in Google Summer of Code for the past 10 years, with many features making their way into the main server.
If you are looking for more help, we have a dedicated time to interact live and assist new contributors. See Live Q&A for new MariaDB contributors
A software project is only as good as its documentation. MariaDB Foundation aims to maintain the best possible documentation. The Knowledge Base is kept as a wiki free for the community to contribute. If you spot a mistake, feel free to correct it. Where MariaDB Foundation needs help is with translations. A translation of Knowledge Base pages in a different language makes MariaDB more accessible. We recommend you start off with the most popular articles and pages. The MariaDB Foundation has prepared special tutorials for different kinds of contributions: