How to contribute

ARA Records Ansible is an open source community project and welcomes contributions, whether they are in the form of feedback, comments, suggestions, bugs, documentation, code, or code reviews.

The ARA code review and CI infrastructure is hosted by which provides Gerrit for code review, Zuul for CI/CD as well as many other systems.

All new patches are automatically tested with lint, unit and a variety of integration test scenarios. The end result is higher standards, better code, more testing, less regressions and more stability.


Running tests locally

  • Unit tests: tox -e py37
  • Linters tests (pep8/flake8/bandit/bashate/black/isort/etc): tox -e linters
  • Documentation tests (builds to docs/build/html): tox -e docs
  • Integration tests: tox -e ansible-integration

Issues and pull requests

ARA has several projects that are mirrored to GitHub:

While new issues, bugs and feature requests should be filed on GitHub, we are unable to accept pull requests on GitHub at this time.

We would appreciate the opportunity to accept them in the future by trying Gerritbot to synchronize pull requests to Gerrit.

In the meantime, what follows are the required steps in order to send a patch to Gerrit.

Set up your Ubuntu Launchpad account

OpenDev’s Gerrit instance currently uses Launchpad for authentication. If you do not already have a Launchpad account, you will need to create one here.

Set up your Gerrit code review account

If you’ll be contributing code or code reviews, you’ll need to set up your Gerrit code review account.

Once you have your Launchpad account, you will be able to sign in to

To be able to submit code, Gerrit needs to have your public SSH key in the same way Github does. To do that, click on your name at the top right and go to the settings where you will see the tab to set up your SSH key.

Note that if the username from your local machine differs from the one in Gerrit, you might need to set it up in your local ~/.ssh/config file like this:

  user foo
  identityfile /home/foo/.ssh/gerrit

Installing Git Review

Git Review is a python module that adds a “git review” command that wraps around the process of sending a commit for review in Gerrit. You need to install it to be able to send patches for code reviews.

There are different ways to install git-review, choose your favorite.

Sending a patch for review

The process looks a bit like this:

$ git clone
# or git clone
$ cd ara
# Create a new local branch
$ git checkout -b super_cool_feature
# hack on super_cool_feature
$ git commit -a --message="This is my super cool feature"
$ git review

When you send a commit for review, it’ll create a code review request in Gerrit for you. When that review is created, it will automatically be tested by a variety of jobs that the ARA maintainers have set up to test every patch that is sent.

We’ll check for things like code quality (pep8/flake8), run unit tests to catch regressions and we’ll also run both integration tests on different operating systems to make sure everything really works.

The result of the tests are added as a comment in the review when all of them are completed. If you’re interested in digging into the logs for a particular test, clicking on the results of the test will take you to console, debug logs and a built version of ARA’s web interface.

If you get a failed test result and you believe you have fixed the issue, add the files, amend your commit (git commit --amend) and send it for review once again. This will create a new patchset that will be up for review and testing.

To be able to merge a patch, the tests have to come back successful and the core reviewers must provide their agreement with the patch.