How to contribute


If you want to start working on this project, you will need to get familiar with these APIs:

It is also recommended to take a look at these resources:

API Reference

Make sure that you are familiar with our API.


We use poetry to manage the dependencies.

To install them you would need to run install command:

poetry install

To activate your virtualenv run poetry shell.

Adding new flake8 plugins

If you are adding a flake8 plugin dependency (not dev-dependency), you will have to do several things:

  1. Install plugin with poetry
  2. Add docs about the error code to the errors/index.rst
  3. Add a test that the plugin is working to tests/


We use pytest and flake8 for quality control. We also use wemake_python_styleguide itself to develop wemake_python_styleguide.

To run all tests:


This step is mandatory during the CI.

Type checks

We use mypy to run type checks on our code. To use it:

mypy wemake_python_styleguide

This step is mandatory during the CI.

Before submitting

Before submitting your code please do the following steps:

  1. Run pytest to make sure everything was working before
  2. Add any changes you want
  3. Add tests for the new changes
  4. Add an integration test into tests/fixtures/
  5. Edit documentation if you have changed something significant
  6. Update with a quick summary of your changes
  7. Run pytest again to make sure it is still working
  8. Run mypy to ensure that types are correct
  9. Run doc8 to ensure that docs are correct

Other help

You can contribute by spreading a word about this library. It would also be a huge contribution to write a short article on how you are using this project. You can also share your best practices with us.