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Do you run or participate in an open-source project? Submit a Pull Request to add it to the list!

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Add a project

Each of the projects is a file in the projects folder - to add a new one, create a new file named after the project, ending in .yml. Ensure all spaces and special characters are replaced with -, to make everyone's life easier. This guide shows you how to create the file directly in the browser, without cloning the repository in the command line.

The contents of the file are just some details about the project:

name: *project name*
desc: *a brief description of the project*
site: *home page or repository URL*
# Note: these are tags categorizing the project, not issue labels.
- *tags*
- *to*
- *search*
- *on*
  name: *the label associated with the up-for-grabs tasks -- e.g. "help needed" (without the quotes)*
  link: *URL where users can view the tasks -- e.g.*

Check out the up-for-grabs file for an example of this project structure.

Use the Yeoman Generator

If you'd like to use a generator to create the project's file, you can certainly do so!

Install the generator, then run it and walk through the steps.

npm install -g generator-up-for-grabs
yo up-for-grabs

Testing the site locally

If you haven't already, clone the repository to your machine:

git clone

If you have a fork of the repository, change up-for-grabs into your GitHub account name above.

You need Ruby and Bundler installed to test the site - you can confirm these are present by running these commands:

ruby -v
bundle -v

If you're happy with that, run these commands in the directory where you cloned the up-for-grabs repository:

bundle install
jekyll serve --watch

Alternatively, the application can be run in a Docker container:

docker-compose up

Then open your browser to localhost:4000 to view the site.

How This All Works

We use a few great features of Jekyll and GitHub Pages to host this entire site for free.

  • We are using a file called scripts.html which is an include file. When we publish the site, Jekyll uses this to concatenate and generate the scripts that will actually be downloaded when a user visits the site.
  • Within the scripts.html template, we're referencing, which gives us access to the entire directory of .yml files as a set of variables. We combine this with the jsonify liquid transformer to turn them into a JSON object. This means that the raw data is generated once, so it downloads very quickly as static data.
  • When the web page is opened, our startup JS processes each project in the array of projects and pushes it into the array that the rest of the site uses.
  • We use travis-ci to run a custom ruby script, cibuild, that checks all the .yml files to make sure they can be appropriately parsed. This makes sure we don't merge any incorrectly formed project files.

What this means is that, when a pull request is merged, GitHub Pages automatically builds the site via Jekyll and publishes it to our GitHub -- no database or hosting needed. (Thanks, GitHub!)


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