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Hacktoberfest Starts in Six Days πŸŽƒπŸŽ‰

ben profile image Ben Halpern ・2 min read

For six years and counting, DigitalOcean has run a campaign throughout October to celebrate Open Source. To participate, you need to make at least four legit pull requests to open source projects. As a reward, the first 50,000 people to complete the challenge will receive a bunch of free SWAG, including a limited edition t-shirt for that year's celebration. It's called Hacktoberfest.

This year, DEV is proud to be a co-presenter of the month-long event. That means when you get your prize, it will include DEV goodies like stickers. You will also get a unique Hacktoberfest badge for your DEV profile when you complete the challenge. πŸ˜„

As a co-host, we will be extra committed to boosting the event on DEV! So for the month of Hacktoberfest, we will be encouraging plenty of use of the on-site tag, and encouraging everyone to show off their projects, their contributions, and to see what types of contributions others are making. We’re really excited to see the DEV Community participating in this global celebration of open-source.

What kind of content makes for a good Hacktoberfest post on DEV? Here are five ideas

1. Make a "Contributors Wanted" post if you maintain a repo

Tag your post #hacktoberfest and #contributorswanted and link to the repo with some encouraging guidance on where to get started.

Perhaps embed your repo in for extra clarity, like so:

GitHub logo forem / forem

For empowering community 🌱

Forem 🌱

For Empowering Community

ruby version rails version Travis Status for thepracticaldev/dev.to Code Climate maintainability Code Climate test coverage Code Climate technical debt CodeTriage badge Dependabot Badge GitPod badge Netlify badge GitHub code size in bytes GitHub commit activity GitHub issues ready for dev Honeybadger badge Knapsack Pro Parallel CI builds for dev.to

Welcome to the Forem codebase, the platform that powers dev.to. We are so excited to have you. With your help, we can build out Forem’s usability, scalability, and stability to better serve our communities.

What is Forem?

Forem is open source software for building communities. Communities for your peers, customers, fanbases, families, friends, and any other time and space where people need to come together to be part of a collective See our announcement post for a higher level overview of what Forem is.

dev.to (or just DEV) is hosted by Forem. It is a community of software developers who write articles, take part in discussions, and build their professional profiles. We value supportive and constructive dialogue in the pursuit of great code and career growth for all members. The ecosystem spans from beginner to advanced developers, and all are welcome to find their…

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2. Start a general discussion, or request for ideas

Ask the community on an ongoing basis which repos might be looking for contributors.

3. Write a post detailing each of your pull requests

Embed the pull request and tell a story of your process for discovering the right issue that needed to be tackled and how you went about doing it.

Fix tags format in Article create API #4075

What type of PR is this? (check all applicable)

  • [ ] Refactor
  • [ ] Feature
  • [ ] Bug Fix
  • [x] Documentation Update


Fixes tags format in the API docs

Related Tickets & Documents

Closes #4073

Added to documentation?

  • [x] docs.dev.to
  • [ ] readme
  • [ ] no documentation needed

Click the ? in the DEV editor for guidance on how to embed different types of content.

4. Post about any Hacktoberfest meetups

It looks like that's already begun happening on DEV...

5. Just have fun with it

Not every post requires a specific outcome, let's just make sure that this is an especially inclusive and wonderful month for the broader open source community...

Going forward

  • Come back to DEV every day during October for discussion and discovery. The community will be here to help.
  • Look for chances to contribute to DEV itself β€” we will be putting in work this week to make sure the repo is extra ready come October.
  • Add your DEV icon to your personal site alongside your other social links, so that anybody who stumbles across your website knows where to find your Hacktoberfest content.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments.

Happy coding!

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We are so excited be partners on this year's celebration alongside our friends at DigitalOcean! It's very cool to be part of something that helps get more people involved with open-source.

Looking forward to many interesting articles and discussions over in the #hacktoberfest tag!


It is a month-long event held in October, where you submit 5 pull requests (doesn't matter whether they get accepted or not) to either your own repos or someone else's, though, it's preferable to submit to someone else's repo.
As Ben said, the first 5000 people to complete this challenge will get some stickers, a limited edition T-shirt and other swag.


Did my first Hacktoberfest last year with a PR to DEV! Really excited again for this year and it's so cool y'all can be a bigger part of it.



I'm really keen to dive into this event once again ! It's one of the things that drove me to contribute to open-source and discover some things about it. It's awesome to see that my favorite community is also part of it ! πŸ˜„


A nice time of the year, indeed ❀️I have created a program, which looks for beginner issues, so you might want to try it out - github.com/igorperikov/mighty-watcher. Repository itself is hacktoberfest-native, so you can contribute to it as well!


So excited for this!

The past 2 years I haven't felt like I could make meaningful contributions (or at least couldn't find anything within my wheel house) but this year I actually feel confident that I could find and fix real issues!


I've been super nervous to jump into open source, but this may be my chance.


Every kind of contribution is special. For instance if you get your first typo fixes :-)


Excited to participate for the first time this year πŸ˜ƒ


I believe this is my 3rd year participating in Hacktoberfest. I hope to move beyond contributing revisions to freeCodeCamp knowledgebase articles and write some actual code!


That's so awesome. I just made a post about a Vue.js front-end I want to build and looking for help as I'm super new to the front-end stuff :-)



Ooooh i'm so excited ! Hacktoberfest w/ dev.to ❀


I'll participate for the first time! ☺️


woot! I hope to contribute this year 🀞


Hacktoberfest was a great confidence builder for me last year. Excited to participate again. 😁


This is awesome !
I hope I will have the time to contribute to some great projects :D


My first time was last year, and I would really encourage anyone to join and participate.


Exciting! I participated last year and am sooo much looking forward to this year.

As far as I can remember, last year everyone who made four PRs got a t-shirt, not only the first 50,000. They've changed it a bit for this year. But regardless, it's a great opportunity to get involved with open source. :)


This will be my first time in the hacktoberfest... I'm not really confident about it, but I think the experience will help me build up my confidence (maybe?)


We're hosting some awesome communities in Milan to spend a full Saturday coding and learning open source.

If you happen to be in town on Saturday 5th, come join us!


I am excited. I finally have a reason to step out of my comfort zone and beat the imposter syndrome. I believed that I have to be an expert to be able to contribute even slightly to other's code. I hope to find out that I too can help out.


I usually don't take too much of my time contributing to Open Source projects, but this month seems to be a great opportunity to start contributing!
Looking forward to see who I can help!
Understand this as "please, post some Contributors Wanted" articles guys 😁


Hacktoberfest sounds amazing! I hope I can make my first contribution to open source, for the first time in my life. Really excited about it.
Great article btw!


I'll participate second time this year.


This will be my first time participating in hacktoberfest and I'm super excited to explore some cool repositories on GitHub and have already planned some repos to contribute to :D


More than a little surprised that the official rules require PRs to be on Github...a platform which isn't open source. Why aren't, for example, Gitlab PRs eligible? Is Github a sponser of the event? They aren't listed. Why was this decision made?

To qualify for the official limited edition Hacktoberfest shirt, you must register and make four pull requests (PRs) between October 1-31 (in any time zone). PRs can be made to any public repo on GitHub, not only the ones with issues labeled Hacktoberfest.

Separately, how do these rules apply to maintainers of open source projects? Do PRs count if they are made by a maintainer of a repo? The rules don't seem to indicate otherwise.


In the past the event has been clearly sponsored by Github. It is less clear if is is or not this year.



Gotcha. I imagine they are involved in some official capacity this year as well then.

It is strange to see Github attempting to "own" open source in this way though. Very antagonistic to the spirit of open source. Many of the projects I use are not hosted on Github, so this is an unfortunate decision (Ruby, Wordpress, Chromium, Firefox, Drupal, etc). Though it makes sense when viewed as an ad campaign.

I guess what annoys me about this is the branding as an "open source" event. I don't see it as an open source event, I see it as a Github event which happens to help open source. The github equivalent of a retailer donating some-percent of a purchase to charity.


I just signed up for it and wonder if it would count if I committed any pull requests before the 1st of october, as I've already got my profile and stuff set up?

Does it track every PR during my period logged in or just those that are happening exactly between October 1st an 31st?

I would really like to start of right now, but I'm afraid that my PR's were not going to be counted.


It's simple, only PRs opened between October 1st and October 31st will count. You can still start right now, work on something, but wait until October 1st to open the PR.


Can we participate online? Also are newbies allowed? Lol


Yes and yes!

It's all about open source contributing. Please find guides for newbies and then look for the issues. More guidance coming in the near future.


Just found out about this and wow, it sounds very cool! Hope to find some interesting Rust/Haskell projects.


I'm excited to participate in my first #hacktoberfest, as well as join the community here at DEV! I had been a free software user for a long time before I made my first code contribution, I know all the roadblocks that can get in the way of even trying ;)

For those new to it, I recommend looking at the issue boards on GitHub for tools you use already and might know something about. I'm an Emacs user, so many of my contributions revolve around that. Its easier when you have some context for the software you're using.

Look for places in the documentation that could be fixed, try to help someone in a chat or stack overflow and see if that leads to something you can fix in code. Ask questions, find a community willing to help you help :)

I plan to make some posts throughout the month talking about the process of identifying issues I can take on in the small amounts of time I have, and (hopefully) how to work through the issue and make a meaningful contribution. A little bit goes a long way in a public good like free software, so find the little bit you can do!


When working with a repo - how do you usually find their issue/PR templates.


This will be my first time participating, but also is my first time really going for trying to contribute with code in the OSS space. I'm both excited and terrified