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:

Developer’s documentation

Make sure that you are familiar with developer’s documentation.

That’s a main starting point to the future development. You can jump start into the development of new rules by reading “Creating a new rule tutorial”.


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:


To run linting:

flake8 wemake_python_styleguide tests docs

These steps are mandatory during the CI.


We use ``layer-lint` <>`_ to enforce strict layered architecture.

layer-lint wemake_python_styleguide

All contracts must be valid for each commit. 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.

Submitting your code

We use trunk based development (we also sometimes call it wemake-git-flow).

What the point of this method?

  1. We use protected master branch, so the only way to push your code is via pull request
  2. We use issue branches: to implement a new feature or to fix a bug create a new branch named issue-$TASKNUMBER
  3. Then create a pull request to master branch
  4. We use git tags to make releases, so we can track what has changed since the latest release

So, this way we achieve an easy and scalable development process which frees us from merging hell and long-living branches.

In this method, the latest version of the app is always in the master branch.

Making patches to older versions

If you want to release a patch for an older version, that what you have to do:

  1. Check out the previous git tag
  2. Create a new branch relative to this tag
  3. Merge it into master, there might be some rebase and cherry-pick involved during this operation

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 flake8 to ensure that style is correct
  10. Run layer-lint to ensure that architecture contracts are correct
  11. 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.