How do I as a student start contributing to open source?

How do I as a student start contributing to open source?

Answer by Ashish Kedia:

As a student, you first need to learn basics of tools required for open source contribution :

For a student who has no prior experience of open source contribution, you should start by selecting a language and then searching for projects in that language where you can contribute. I will list some places where you can search for projects language wise :

  • 'Awesome Lists' on github. These are curated list of popular repos and projects in a particular language. Here are a few examples – vinta/awesome-python, fffaraz/awesome-cpp, ziadoz/awesome-php, etc. Most of the projects mentioned in these lists are well maintained and have a large community of contributors
  • Search for beginner friendly organisation and projects on Google Summer of Code website – Google Summer of Code. You can search projects by language or framework or tool. You might even get a chance to participate in GSOC.
  • Digital Ocean organised a month-long open source contribution fest. They also curated a list of beginner friendly projects. Search for a project there – Hacktoberfest 2015 – DigitalOcean

How do I as a student start contributing to open source?

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