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Howto Contribute and Code

If you wish to contribute to Actionaz, this page is for you. You find here some indications to help you with the first steps to be able to contribute to actionaz.

Description of the development environment

The source code of Actionaz project can be found on GitHub

First, you have to duplicate the actionaz repository

After, you will configure your local development environment.

GitHub Configuration

Go to, and create a free acount (to do that you must have : a username, an e-mail and a password).

After, by searching actionaz you'll find the project Jmgr/actionaz. By clicking on it you will have a read-only access to all the sources (alias the 'repository').

When you access with your own GitHub account the repository of Jmgr/actionaz project you can fork it. To do that you only have to click on the Fork button on the home page of Jmgr/actionaz project.

This operation takes only few seconds, and when it is over, you'll be redirected to your new home page of your project (the repository is called : <your_username>/actionaz)

For the GitHub part, the hardest is done, now we will install your local environment.

But, we describe only the installation part … But a daily practicing of Git/GitHub requires more skills. To have more details on howto use Git go to the Daily use of Git/GitHub page.

Local Environment

Ubuntu Case

Git (inspired from : :

1- Install git

$ sudo apt-get install git-core git-doc

2- Configure git

$ git config --global "UserName"
$ git config --global ""

Enable colors when outputting to terminal:

$ git config --global color.ui true

3- Generate Cryptographic keys [Be sure to have a passphrase ready]

$ ssh-keygen -t rsa -C "" -f ~/.ssh/git_rsa

4- Add Public Key to GitHub

Copy all contents of ~/.ssh/ and add it to your Github profile.

5- Tell SSH to use the new Key

$ ssh-add ~/.ssh/git_rsa

6- Test connection to GitHub

$ ssh -T
Hi <user>! You've successfully authenticated, but GitHub does not provide shell access.

7- Clone the repository and start coding

$ git clone<votre user>/actionaz.git

QT and minimum stuff to compile :

1- The required packages to compile the project

sudo apt-get install build-essential libqt4-dev qtmobility-dev libxtst-dev libnotify-dev libopencv-dev libboost-dev qtscript-tools

2- Installing QTcreator

It is not mandatory, but this tool give a lot of confort to the developper. It's up to you.

sudo apt-get install qtcreator

3- Howto respect the coding convention

For actionaz project, use Tab of 4 characters. In QTcreator go to the Tools entry of the main menu, then Options…. In the new window select C++, duplicate the original configuration and name it actionaz. You can select the options to have a coding style compatible with the actionaz project.

Windows Case


Howto Compile Actionaz ?

  • Go in the directory containing the sources, then :
$ qmake -r
$ make
  • To compile messages in your own language :
$ make locale_release

To translate strings in the source code, go to the page translate

  • To launch your version of actionaz :
$ ./actionaz

Going to see the code ?

Your development environment is ready ! We can go fight with the code !

The project coding-style is described here

Other languages for this page : (fr)

en/devel.txt · Last modified: 2016/10/09 11:10 (external edit)