Contributing to Scala



Why You Should Contribute To Scala

The Scala programming language is an open source project with a very diverse community, where people from all over the world contribute their work, with everyone benefiting from friendly help and advice, and kindly helping others in return. So why not join the Scala community and help everyone make things better?

What Can I Do? That depends on what you want to contribute. Below are some getting started resources for different contribution domains. Please read all the documentation and follow all the links from the topic pages below before attempting to contribute, as many of the questions you have will already be answered.

Reporting bugs

See our bug reporting guide to learn how to efficiently report a bug.


Coordination of contribution efforts takes place on Scala Contributors.

Issues with the tools, core libraries and compiler. Also, you can help us by reporting bugs.

Update and expand the capabilities of the core (and associated) Scala libraries.

Enhance the Scala tools with features for build tools, IDE plug-ins and other related projects.

Larger language features and compiler enhancements including language specification and SIPs.


When contributing, please follow:

Community Tickets

All issues can be found in the Scala bug tracker, or the Scala 3 issue tracker. Most issues are labeled to make it easier to find issues you are interested in.

Tools and Libraries

The Scala ecosystem includes a great many diverse open-source projects with their own maintainers and community of contributors. Helping out one of these projects is another way to help Scala. Consider lending on a hand on a project you’re already using. Or, to find out about other projects, see the Libraries and Tools section on our Community page.

Scala Community Build

The Scala community build enables the Scala compiler team to build and test a corpus of Scala open source projects against development versions of the Scala compiler and standard library in order to discover regressions prior to releases. The build uses Lightbend’s dbuild tool, which leverages sbt.

If you’re the maintainer – or just an interested user! – of an open-source Scala library or tool, please visit the community build documentation for guidelines on what projects are suitable for the community build and how projects can be added.

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