If you’re reading this, thank you! This means you’re interested in contributing to PrestaShop. You probably are a PrestaShop developer, and your use of the project is slightly different from ours. For instance, there are few differences between PrestaShop 1.7 (the release) and the branch 1.7 of PrestaShop in the GitHub repository. This is because we create a release usable by everyone from our sources.
To be able to contribute you need:
In this part, we’ll run PrestaShop using docker.
No need to “know” docker, but you should have the “docker” command available in your terminal.
If you need to install “docker”, you can follow their Documentation.
To install the core, you need to fork the PrestaShop repository. A fork is a copy of the original project on GitHub. If you don’t know what is a fork or how to fork a project on GitHub, you can follow the GitHub tutorial.
Once you have forked the project, you need to download it to your computer.
For instance, if your GitHub nickname is
preston, this is what you should do in your terminal:
git clone https://github.com/preston/PrestaShop.git
Of course, you need to replace “preston” by your own nickname here.
Then you can start the effective installation:
cd PrestaShop docker-compose up
The installation can take between 10-15 minutes, don’t close the terminal!
You’ll see a lot of information displayed in your terminal, you should spot the following ones:
prestashop-git | \n* Installing PrestaShop, this may take a while ... prestashop-git | -- Installation successful! -- prestashop-git | \n* Almost ! Starting web server now\n
At this point, your PrestaShop installation is ready and the website is available at http://localhost:8001.
The default credentials for the back-office are
You can now close the terminal if you want.
The very first step to create a pull request is to create your own git branch.
Let’s say you want to suggest a new feature, like emoticon support everywhere. A correct name for your git branch could be “add-emoticons-support”:
git checkout -b "add-emoticons-support"
Then you can start to do changes on PrestaShop Core, and create commits: YaY!
A good practice is to have meaningful commits labels: it’s better to have “corrected type hinting in FooBar” than “fixed stuff”.
Your changes now sounds ok, and you’re almost ready to share your changes with the community. Before all, you may ensure your changes don’t break everything: this is why we have a test suite you can use.
You can execute it in your dockerized PrestaShop application without altering your website (it uses a specific database).
docker exec prestashop-git sh tests/check_phpunit.sh
Once your changes sound good and tests pass on your local computer, it’s time to publish your work online and make a pull request.
The last thing you need to do in the terminal is to publish your branch on GitHub:
git push origin add-emoticons-support
You’ll need to use your GitHub credentials, this is totally ok.
Then, you can create your Pull Request on GitHub! If you don’t know how to do it, you can read GitHub documentation.
Don’t forget to complete the contribution table, this is really important for the Core Team to really understand what is the value of your contribution.
PrestaShop Core is a really active project with more than 30 contributions accepted per week, so your copy will become outdated really fast. To make your own copy up to date with the original project, only a few commands are required:
You need to execute these commands at the root of your copy/fork.
git remote add ps https://github.com/PrestaShop/PrestaShop.git git fetch ps git rebase -i ps/develop git push -f origin develop
We have added the location of the original project to git so he can retrieve the latest commits, and then we apply this “history”
to our local project. Note, here we have updated the
develop branch of the PrestaShop project and the same commands can be used to refresh every git branch.