Getting started with the GitHub Community Forum

Hello, and welcome to the GitHub Community Forum! To get you started, we’ve put together a list of important items for your review.

Code of Conduct

First and foremost, please read our Code of Conduct. All participants in the Community Forum will be expected to comply with it in all of their interactions within the Community, public or private. We work hard to provide and maintain a positive, productive, and fun atmosphere for all of our members; our Code of Conduct is key to that effort.

Additionally, please note that by participating in the Community Forum, you are also agreeing to the same Terms of Service that you agree to when using

Getting Familiar with the Community

We’ve curated a list here of helpful resources on how to use the Community, where to find things, and how to stay up to date on what’s going on in the Community:

Detailed instructions on how to use the Community
- The Help page of the Community is full of step-by-step instructions on things like how to search the Community, how to use bookmarks, how to subscribe to things in the Community, and so much more.

Find out what’s going on in the Community - Every Friday, we share a list of highlights from the past week including helpful and interesting discussions, new GitHub Original Series articles, new feature releases, and more. Subscribe to the Weekly Welcome label so you never miss an update.

Board Organization

To help you become acquainted with the different boards and how to use them, we’ve created a small directory of how the boards are organized and what you can expect out of each one.

  • Welcome - To learn more about the GitHub Community Forum and how to get started here, check out the Welcome board.
  • How to use Git and GitHub - If you have a question about GitHub, check out the How to use Git and GitHub board.
  • GitHub Actions - For questions, feedback, and troubleshooting tips around GitHub Actions, check out the GitHub Actions board.
  • GitHub Pages - If you have a question about GitHub Pages, check out the GitHub Pages board.
  • GitHub API Development and Support - If you’re building a GitHub App or working with the GitHub API, check out the GitHub API Development and Support board to ask questions and share feedback
  • GitHub Learning Lab - Share feedback and ask questions about GitHub Learning Lab in our GitHub Learning Lab board.
  • Programming Help and Discussion - If you would like feedback on programming concepts, tools, languages and frameworks, check out the Programming Help and Discussion board.
  • Project Development Help and Advice - If you have a question or request for help on a project you’re working on, check out the Project Development Help and Advice board.
  • Events - To find out about upcoming GitHub-hosted or sponsored events, check out the Events board.

A few other important tips and tricks  - Some things to keep in mind when posting in the Community Forum

  • When adding code snippets to your post in the Community Forum use <pre></pre> tags via the HTML editor. This will format your text to help identify code snippets more easily and clearly. Example:

    Insert your code here!

  • _When adding images to your posts _use the Photos tool in the top toolbar; don’t upload your images as an attachment. If you add your images as an attachment, they won’t render in your post.

  • Don’t forget to mark accepted solutions to your questions. If another user responds to a question you post in the Forum with a really good answer, mark it as the accepted solution. This helps others quickly navigate to the answer, and also boosts your post higher in the discussion rankings and list.

Other Places to Learn about GitHub

The GitHub Community Forum is the place to talk and learn about pretty much all things GitHub, but we have a few other communities that focus on more specific and specialized areas. Check them out below:

  • Atom Community - Talk, learn, and problem solve with fellow Atom users in the Atom Forums

  • GitHub Education Community - Geared primarily toward educators, the GitHub Education Community is a supportive environment to tell your story, ask questions, and share resources about technology education.

  • Open Source Maintainers Community - The Open Source Maintainers Community is a place for open source maintainers on GitHub to collaborate with each other.

Other Ways to Get Help

Do you have a question that has to do with your personal data, account, or anything you wouldn’t want shared in a public forum? Send a message to our Support staff using our contact form.

Once again, welcome to the GitHub Community Forum. We’re so glad you’re here, and we look forward to helping you connect, learn, and grow with your fellow Community members!