Hi, I am a chemistry student and I have been using Avogadro for several years. I would like to start contributing to the development of the project. How is it organized? What can I do?
First off, thanks very much for your offer, it’s greatly appreciated!
There are a bunch of ways to help:
- Much of the code for Avogadro is written in C++. If you know some C++, you can start with avogadrolibs GitHub and look at “help wanted” issues, for example adding a command to change elements. We’re happy to help mentor, since it takes time to learn the codebase.
- If you know Python, Avo2 uses scripts for input generators and commands, and these can always use some tweaks or new features:
Bug Reports and Feature Suggestions
As we work towards a 2.0 release this fall, submitting bug reports and feature suggestions are always welcome.
We have a variety of data repository for “insert molecule” or “import crystals” and contributing new files is always welcome:
We’re also working on a new tool that inserts metal / organometallic ligands and functional groups and I’d definitely appreciate someone to look through and see if there are common fragments that we’re missing:
Translation / Localization
We’re proud that Avogadro is used around the world. You can help translate the user interface with Weblate and these are synchronized automatically with the code.
Documentation / Tutorials
Right now, there isn’t much user documentation for Avogadro 2.0 because we’ve been spending our time finishing code.
- Taking screenshots
- Helping update tutorials from the manual
Any of these would be very welcome. What sounds the most interesting to you? Let me know.
Thank you very much for your answer.
I will have a look at each of these options and understand what is feasible with my current skills.