Contributing to the Selenium Documentation

Selenium is a big software project and documentation is key to understanding how things work and learning effective ways to exploit its potential.

Part of the documentation of Selenium is still served from our repository. We are however phasing out this documentation which focuses too much on Selenium RC and other antiquated pieces, in favour of this rewrite.

The new documentation is a project started to rewrite Selenium’s documentation from scratch. This is an ongoing effort (not targetted at any specific release) to provide an updated handbook on how to use Selenium effectively. We hope to bring over the pieces of the old documentation that makes sense.

Contributions toward the new docs follow the process described in the below section about contributions. You should spend some time familiarising yourself with the documentation by reading more about it.

The Selenium project welcomes contributions from everyone. There are a number of ways you can help:

Report an issue

When reporting a new issues or commenting on existing issues please make sure discussions are related to concrete technical issues with the Selenium software and/or its documentation.

All of the Selenium components change quite fast over time, so this might cause the documentation to be out of date. If you find this to be the case, as mentioned, don’t doubt to create an issue for that. It also might be possible that you know how to bring up to date the documentation, so please send us a pull request with the related changes.

If you are not sure about what you have found is an issue or not, please ask first about it to the selenium-users@ mailing list, or join us in the #selenium channel on or Slack.


The Selenium project welcomes new contributors. Individuals making significant and valuable contributions over time are made Committers and given commit-access to the project.

This document will guide you through the contribution process.

Step 1: Fork

Fork the project on Github and check out your copy locally.

% git clone
% cd docs
% git remote add upstream git://

Dependencies: Hugo

The docs use Hugo to build and render the site. To verify everything locally before even commiting any changes, please install Hugo and run the local server to render the site locally.

Step 2: Branch

Create a feature branch and start hacking:

% git checkout -b my-feature-branch

We practice HEAD-based development, which means all changes are applied directly on top of master.

Step 3: Commit

First make sure git knows your name and email address:

% git config --global 'Santa Claus'
% git config --global ''

Writing good commit messages is important. A commit message should describe what changed, why, and reference issues fixed (if any). Follow these guidelines when writing one:

  1. The first line should be around 50 characters or less and contain a short description of the change.
  2. Keep the second line blank.
  3. Wrap all other lines at 72 columns.
  4. Include Fixes #N, where N is the issue number the commit fixes, if any.

A good commit message can look like this:

explain commit normatively in one line

Body of commit message is a few lines of text, explaining things
in more detail, possibly giving some background about the issue
being fixed, etc.

The body of the commit message can be several paragraphs, and
please do proper word-wrap and keep columns shorter than about
72 characters or so. That way `git log` will show things
nicely even when it is indented.

Fixes #141

The first line must be meaningful as it’s what people see when they run git shortlog or git log --oneline.

Step 4: Rebase

Use git rebase (not git merge) to sync your work from time to time.

% git fetch upstream
% git rebase upstream/master

Step 5: Test

Always remember to run the local server, with this you can be safe that your changes have not broken anything.

Step 6: Translations

If you are updating the docs, adding new ones, or deleting deprecated ones, please remember to update the translations of it. Of course, it is possible that you do not speak all the translated languages in the docs. For that, please create an issue where you clearly describe that something in the docs has changed and its translation needs to be updated. With that, someone who speaks that needed language can chime in and help us to keep it up to date.

Step 7: Sign the CLA

Before we can accept, we first ask people to sign a Contributor License Agreement (or CLA). We ask this so that we know that contributors have the right to donate the code.

When you open your pull request we ask that you indicate that you’ve signed the CLA. This will reduce the time it takes for us to integrate it.

Step 8: Push

% git push origin my-feature-branch

Go to and press the Pull Request and fill out the form. Please indicate that you’ve signed the CLA (see Step 7).

Pull requests are usually reviewed within a few days. If there are comments to address, apply your changes in new commits (preferably fixups) and push to the same branch.

Step 9: Integration

When code review is complete, a committer will take your PR and integrate it on the docs’s gh-pages branch. Because we like to keep a linear history on the master branch, we will normally squash and rebase your branch history.


Selenium contributors frequent the #selenium channel on or on or Slack. You can also join the selenium-developers@ mailing list.