HOW-TO check out PKP applications from git

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Create user

This tutorial assumes that you'll work with forked copies of our software on github and that you intend to publish your changes back. You can do without forks, especially if you want to have only read access; in that case you may have to adapt the process slightly. Please refer to the git documentation for this.

If you want write access to the repository then go to and create your own user account there and log into it. See the github documentation to generate/add your RSA key to your github account.

If you want to write back to the official PKP git repositories then you'll need write access there. Please contact the team if you wish to request commit access to the official PKP repositories. Generally we accept contributions using pull requests from your own fork, rather than granting official commit access.

Delete existing personal forks

First you have to delete existing personal forks of omp/pkp-lib if you have cloned these repositories before. You obviously shouldn't do this when there are still changes in there you don't have in other locations! If you don't have existing forks then you can jump to the next step.

Otherwise do the following:

  • Go to your personal github dashboard.
  • In "Your Repositories" select the forks you want to delete.
  • Go to Admin tab.
  • Down on the page click on "Delete This Repository".
  • Repeat these steps for all forks of PKP repositories

Fork the official application repositories

You can fork a subset of these projects if you do not intend to work on all of them. You'll always need the pkp-lib repository together with any of the application-specific repositories.

Check out the application(s) on your local machine

Use the following commands to check out an application on your local system:

git clone git:// ojs-checkout
cd ojs-checkout
git submodule update --init --recursive

In the above example, "your-user" is your username. It will check the "ojs" application out into a directory called "ojs-checkout". The "git submodule" command will take care of setting up the relevant submodules; you may need to add your own remote fork of the pkp-lib submodule in order to make changes within the lib/pkp directory.

Where to go from here?

Have a look at frequent git use cases for typical git use cases you'll encounter in your day to day work with git.


"Git cheat sheet"