Forking and contributing

As BIPES is a fully open source project and it’s understood that users and companies desire to make their own BIPES platform for different purposes, having that in mind, users face two common issues:

  1. The fork quickly gets behind the BIPES:master and cannot automatically fetch and merge from it.

  2. Cannot contribute to BIPES:master due commits use-case specific or not relevant to the codebase.

However, git has tools to easily work around these issues, but a prior basic understading of git branches is desired.


To solve the first issue, the first step is to fork into your GitHub account, then clone to your computer using your ssh key connected to GitHub and in a terminal do:

git clone

And include BIPES:master as the upstream source, so you can fetch new commits.

git remote add upstream

To check the branches, use git branch -a to list all branches, or just the new upstream sources with git fetch upstream.

Then, to include new commits from BIPES:master, fetch upstream with:

git fetch upstream master

Which will fetch and automatically merge if no conflict is found. If there is conflicts between the branches, a merge tool is used to manually merge the code between version. A easy to use merge tool is Gnome Meld.

After installing your preferred merge tool, do:

git mergetool

The command will recursively open all files with merge conflicts, so that you can solve them and reach a conflict-free version. Also, it might complain that you have not configured it yet, but do not worry since it will automatically find and use a installed merge tool.


To solve the second issue, a new branch will be required, where only the desired commits will be included.

The first set is to fetch from all sources to make sure everything is up-to-date:

git fetch --all

Then, create a branch from BIPES:master, where you will commit only the desired commits. Replace YOUR_BRANCH with a concise name that best describes the included commits, like “BIPES_i18n” for translations commits and “BIPES_newPlots” for new plotting options.

git checkout -b YOUR_BRANCH upstream/master

Then cherry-pick the commits you want to include, where COMMIT_CODE is the code of the commit.

git cherry-pick COMMIT_CODE

Now do some quality control by testing the branch version. If everything is working as expected, push to remote.

git push -u origin YOUR_BRANCH

Finally, open a pull request from the branch YOUR_BRANCH to the target BIPES:master.