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Welcome to OpenMRS! This guide will walk you through the steps to join the OpenMRS community and set up your system for development. You will also find some links to other resources that will help you learn and contribute to the OpenMRS project.

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Join the OpenMRS community

OpenMRS is a volunteer based community. We welcome anyone who is willing to learn and contribute. To join the community, follow these steps:


6. Get edit privilege for wiki and issue tracker
Because of spammers, we must require this extra step before you can edit wiki pages or make any changes to JIRA tickets.
a. Create an account at OpenMRS helpdesk.
b. In the Summary text box, state that you would like to have edit access to wiki and JIRA.
c. Submit the helpdesk request. 

Learn about developer stages

Based on your experience as an OpenMRS developer, you will be assigned a developer stage, from dev/1 up to dev/5, with increasing responsibilities and privileges.


You can start by earning the /dev/null badge. When you're ready, take the quiz to earn /dev/1.There is no limit on how many times you can take the quiz.

Set up Git on your system

Git and GitHub work together so that the changes you make to the codes are tracked and incorporated correctly into OpenMRS code repositories. Follow the instructions below to sign up to GitHub and install GIt on your system.

  1. Create a GitHub account
    You need to have a GitHub account to contribute to OpenMRS code. 
    1. Go to GitHub Sign Up page, and create a GitHub account.
    2. Add your GitHub username to your account profile in OpenMRS Talk. 
  2. Download and install Git on your computer. 
  3. Learn Git.
    If you don’t already know how to use git, follow the instructions in  Using Git, or Learn Git with Bitbucket. This is especially useful if you join a sprint or choose to share your module (we hope you do).

Set up development environment

Backend Development

To do development work for OpenMRS, you need to configure your system according the instructions below:


To learn more about setting up and working with your development environment, follow the Step-by-Step Installation for Developers and How To Setup And Use Your IDE

Frontend Development


Create your first OpenMRS module

OpenMRS SDK makes the process of creating and deploying an OpenMRS module very simple. Follow this instruction to create your first OpenMRS module.  

Start contributing! Find where you can help

Now that you’ve successfully set up your development environment, you can start to contribute to OpenMRS. Follow the Contribute as a Developer guide here:

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Useful OpenMRS resources

OpenMRS wiki is the main resource where the community shares knowledge and documents the development process. Below is a list of wiki pages that can be useful for you to learn more about OpenMRS.