How to contribute

Gridsome is an open-source project built by core maintainers and contributors. We want to make it easy for anyone to contribute to Gridsome. Contribute to core, build plugins, improve documentation or write a blog post. It all helps Gridsome on its mission to simplify Jamstack development.

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Contributing to Core

Gridsome uses a monorepo pattern to manage its dependencies and core plugins. To contribute to core you need to install Gridsome core locally. This also enables you to run personal Gridsome projects on latest Gridsome development version.

Run Gridsome core locally

Install Node.js 8.3 or higher and Yarn. It's also recommended to install Lerna globally.

  1. Clone the repository.
  2. Create a new Gridsome project inside the ~/projects folder.
  3. Enter the new project folder and run yarn (or lerna bootstrap if installed).
  4. The project will now use the local packages when you run gridsome develop.

To use @gridsome/cli in the repo as a global command. Enter the ~/packages/cli folder and run npm link.

Yarn will add dependencies from your test projects to the root yarn.lock file. So you should not commit changes in that file unless you have added dependencies to any of the core packages. If you need to commit it, remove your projects from the ~/projects folder temporary and run yarn or lerna bootstrap in the root folder. Yarn will then clean up the lock file with only core dependencies. Commit the file and move your projects back and run yarn or lerna bootstrap again to start developing.

Contributing to the docs

We are a strong believer that documentation is very important for any open-source projects. Gridsome uses, of course, Gridsome for its website and documentation.

  1. If you want to add/modify any Gridsome documentation, go to the docs folder on GitHub and use the file editor to edit and then preview your changes.
  2. GitHub then allows you to commit the change and raise a PR right in the UI. This is the easiest way you can contribute to Gridsome!

You can also clone the repo and work locally on documentation. Install it like any other Gridsome project.

Contributing to the blog

Creating guest blog posts for users is a great way to contribute to Gridsome community. A typical blog post could be: How our company is using Gridsome to do XX, or How to integrate XX with Gridsome.

To add a new blog post to the blog:

Prepare repository:

  • Clone the repo.
  • Run yarn to install all of the website's dependencies.
  • Run gridsome develop to preview the blog at http://localhost:8000/blog/.
  • The content for the blog lives in the /blog folder.

Create your contributor profile:

  • Add your avatar image to /contributors/images.
  • Add your name and info to /contributors/contributors.yaml.

Setup blog post:

  • Add a new folder following the pattern /blog/yyyy-mm-dd-title (for example, 2018-09-14-say-hello-to-gridsome). Within this newly created folder add an file.
  • Add title, date, author, and tags to the frontmatter of your
  • If your blog post contains images add them to your blog post folder and reference them in your post's
  • Ensure any links to pages are relative links - /docs/how-to-contribute/ instead of
  • Commit and push to your fork
  • Create a pull request from your branch
    • We recommend using a prefix of docs, like docs/your-change.

Submit a Starter

Contributing a new starter project is a great way to help other Gridsome users to get off the ground quickly. If you want to list your project as an "official" Starter, you must commit the appropriate entry inside the repo.

To add your Starter to

Prepare repository:

Create your contributor profile:

  • Add your avatar image to /contributors/images.
  • Add your name and info to /contributors/contributors.yaml.

Add your starter project:

  • Add starter screenshot to /starters/screenshots (840x840px / 1680x1680 for retina).
  • Add starter details to end of this file /starters/starters.yaml.

Recommendations to your Starter project

  • Naming convention: gridsome-starter-<YOUR PROJECT SUFFIX>
  • Add Netlify build settings to support "Install now" with Netlify directly out of our Starters section
  • Your project README is automatically used as Starter description

Committing your Starter

  • Run gridsome develop to preview starter at http://localhost:8000/starters/.
  • Commit and push to your fork
  • Create a pull request from your branch

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