Developer FAQ

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This page contains some frequently asked questions related to Dolibarr development. For frequently asked questions on other topics, read page User FAQ.

How to be an official developer

In the galaxy of the Dolibarr project, there are several actors with different levels / grades. The number of developers is important so contributions and changes must be controlled and validated (both for functional needs and for coding). For this reason, the write access on the source (GIT) is limited and governed by an organization that is described in the following. Each developer has a grade depending on seniority and the past. The level of authorization of a person on the project increases with the stages of promotion in grade.

The course of a Dolibarr developer passes through these steps, which are classified by a title familiar to fans of science fiction. Here are the steps. It is important to understand that this organization has the sole purpose of improving the quality of Dolibarr and it is necessary that it is rigorously used.

The ranks of contributors to the Dolibarr project, and what to do to reach this rank, are defined into page Dolibarr Project in chapter Developers roles.

Current team

See page Dolibarr Project to know list of current people that work on Dolibarr, with their current grade.

Start a development

Read first completely the Developer documentation to know all rules a developer must respect. You can also read the following FAQs.

Get/update project sources

See page FAQ Get,update project sources.

How to create a new skin

For this, see page Skins

How to develop my own module

To develop your own numbering module, see Create numeration module.

To develop your own document model, PDF or other, see Create a PDF document template or Create an ODT document template.

To develop your own business module (screens, tables), see page Module development.

How to add/complete a translation

For this, see page Translator documentation

Change my numbering system after start

If the new numbering system does not conflict with the old one, to change the numbering rule, just go to menu Setup - Modules - Invoice setup and choose the new numbering rule in the list.

If the new rule can create conflicts with old one, it will be necessary to rename old existing references. This can be done by a SQL request. For example, to go from numbering module Jupiter (FYYYYMM99) to Terre (FAYYMM-999), you can run the following request:

update llx_facture set facnumber=concat('FA',substr(facnumber,4,4),'-',substr(facnumber,8))
where facnumber like 'F%' and facnumber not like 'FA%';

For example, to rename references from model FAYYMM999 to Terre (FAYYMM-999), you can run the following request:

update llx_facture set facnumber=concat('FA',substr(facnumber,3,4),'-',substr(CONCAT('0000',substr(facnumber,7)),-4))
where facnumber like 'FA%' and facnumber not like '%-%';

Submit a patch, work and help on Dolibarr development

If you want to know what you can do to start or help Dolibarr development, read instead chapter Developer_FAQ#How_to_be_an_official_developer. If you already read it and want to distribute a patch, this chapter is for you.

How to package and deploy a module

See page Module development.

This process works also to generate a package to submit it on the market place.

How to be informed on news and what happens on Dolibarr project ?

See page FAQ How to be informed on news about Dolibarr project ?

Migrate my Mysql database to PostgreSQL

See page FAQ Migrate my Mysql database to PostgreSQL

What and how is the release process

See page FAQ Release process