Adding New Documents

Writing Documents

Before you start writing documents:

Once you’re ready to get started, you can start working with Gitlab

Working With Gitlab

Documents are managed in the Funkwhale Gitlab repository along with the code. In order to add new documents, you will need to follow this process:

Signing up to Gitlab

Before you can contribute documents to Funkwhale, you will need to set up an account on the project’s Gitlab. To do this:

  • Navigate to the

  • Click on “register” to bring up the registration form

  • Fill in the relevant details, or alternatively sign up with Github if you already have an account

  • [Optional]: You can then set up an SSH key to enable easy management of your repository

Fork the project

Once you have set up an account, you can fork the project to create a copy of the repository that you can make changes to.

  • Navigate to the Funkwhale repository

  • Click “Fork” at the top of the repository

  • You will be redirected to a new version of the project. This one’s all yours!

Clone the Repository

Once you have successfully forked the project, you can safely download a copy of this to your local computer to create documents.

# If you're using an SSH key

git clone

# If you're using a username/password

git clone

Once you’ve cloned the repository, it’s a good idea to create a new branch for your documents so that you can merge it later

# Create a new branch to make changes to

git checkout -b [name_of_your_new_branch]

# Push the branch up to your forked repository

git push origin [name_of_your_new_branch]

Add Documents to Your Branch

When you’ve got your repository all set up, you can start writing your documents. Remember to keep in mind who you are writing for when you are writing, and check your syntax works.

Once you’ve written what you need to write, you can push these changes to your forked repository:

# Add new documents to your commit

git add [list your documents here]

# Commit these to the branch

git commit -m "Add a commit message here!"

# Push the changes to your branch

git push origin [name_of_your_new_branch]

Create a Merge Request

Once you’ve pushed all of your documents, you can create a Merge Request to request the documents be merged into the official Funkwhale develop branch.

  • Navigate to the Funkwhale repository

  • Click “Merge Requests” on the left hand side

  • Click on the “New Merge Request”

  • Under the “Source Branch” select your forked repository and the branch to which you’ve pushed changes

  • Under “Target Branch”, select the “develop” branch

  • Click “Compare Branches and Continue”

  • In the form that comes up, provide a title/description of the changes you’ve made

  • Click “Submit Merge Request” to submit

That’s it! If your merge request is successful, you will get a notification from one of the maintainers letting you know your changes have been accepted. Sometimes, you may need to make minor corrections. Don’t worry! We’ll let you know what needs correcting.