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Contributing to Google Play Music Desktop Player

Google Play Music Desktop Player and want to get involved? Thanks! There are plenty of ways you can help!

Please take a moment to review this document in order to make the contribution process easy and effective for everyone involved.

Following these guidelines helps to communicate that you respect the time of the developers managing and developing this open source project. In return, they should reciprocate that respect in addressing your issue or assessing patches and features.

Using the issue tracker

The issue tracker is the preferred channel for bug reports, features requests and submitting pull requests, but please respect the following restrictions:

  • Please do not use the issue tracker for personal support requests (use Gitter).

  • Please do not derail or troll issues. Keep the discussion on topic and respect the opinions of others.

Bug reports

A bug is a demonstrable problem that is caused by the code in the repository. Good bug reports are extremely helpful - thank you!

Guidelines for bug reports:

  1. Use the GitHub issue search — check if the issue has already been reported

  2. Check if the issue has been fixed — try to reproduce it using the latest commits on master in the repository.

  3. Isolate the problem — try determine the cause or probable cause of the bug and maybe even include a reference to a line in the code.

A good bug report shouldn't leave others needing to chase you up for more information. Please try to be as detailed as possible in your report. What is your environment? What steps will reproduce the issue? What browser(s) and OS experience the problem? What would you expect to be the outcome? All these details will help people to fix any potential bugs.

You should always include your system information in a bug report so developers can easily reproduce the bug in a similar environment


Short and descriptive example bug report title

OS: [Your OS here]
Application Version: [The version of GPMDP you are running]

A summary of the issue. If suitable, include the steps required to reproduce the bug.

  1. This is the first step
  2. This is the second step
  3. Further steps, etc.

Any other information you want to share that is relevant to the issue being reported. This might include the lines of code that you have identified as causing the bug, and potential solutions (and your opinions on their merits).

Feature requests

Feature requests are welcome. But take a moment to find out whether your idea fits with the scope and aims of the project. It's up to you to make a strong case to convince the project's developers of the merits of this feature. Please provide as much detail and context as possible.

Any Feature Request for "Chromecast Integration" will be immediately closed as a duplicate unless it brings something new to the discussion such as a code example or theory of how to implement such a feature. This does not mean Chromecast Integeration won't happen, but for now it is too complex for me to handle.

Pull requests

Good pull requests - patches, improvements, new features - are a fantastic help. They should remain focused in scope and avoid containing unrelated commits.

Please ask first before embarking on any significant pull request (e.g. implementing features, refactoring code, porting to a different language), otherwise you risk spending a lot of time working on something that the project's developers might not want to merge into the project.

Please adhere to the coding conventions used throughout a project (indentation, accurate comments, etc.) and any other requirements.

Adhering to the following process is the best way to get your work included in the project:

  1. Fork the project, clone your fork, and configure the remotes:

    # Clone your fork of the repo into the current directory
    git clone<your-username>/Google-Play-Music-Desktop-Player-UNOFFICIAL-.git
    # Navigate to the newly cloned directory
    cd Google-Play-Music-Desktop-Player-UNOFFICIAL-
    # Assign the original repo to a remote called "upstream"
    git remote add upstream
  2. If you cloned a while ago, get the latest changes from upstream:

    git checkout master
    git pull upstream master
  3. Create a new topic branch (off the main project development branch) to contain your feature, change, or fix: This branch should be in the style

    • feature/feature-info
    • bugfix/bugfix-info
    • dev/generic-info
    • upgrade/[dependency]-upgrade-[version] only use this when upgrading a major internal dependency such as Electron
    git checkout -b <branch-name>
  4. Commit your changes in logical chunks. If you are making a single feature or single bugfix there should only be one commit in the PR, if your commit has to include multiple features then you can have one commit per feature. Before making a PR please squash your commits into these logical chunks

  5. Locally rebase the upstream development branch into your topic branch: merging upstream master into your branch will be rejected

    git pull [--rebase] upstream master
  6. Push your topic branch up to your fork:

    git push origin <topic-branch-name>
  7. Open a Pull Request with a clear title and description. Pull Requests are reviewed on

IMPORTANT: By submitting a patch, you agree to allow the project owners to license your work under the terms of the MIT License.