Contributing to biboumi

Biboumi’s main workplace is at

The repository is also mirrored on other websites, for example on github, but that’s mainly for the convenience of users.

Before doing anything, you can come on the XMPP chatroom to discuss your changes, issues or ideas.

Bug reports, feature requests

To open a bug report, or a feature request, please do so on our gitlab’s bug tracker.

If the bug you’re reporting is about a bad behaviour of biboumi when some XMPP or IRC events occur, please try to reproduce the issue with a biboumi running in log_level=0, and include the relevant logs in your bug report.

If the issue you’re reporting may have security implications, please select the “confidential” flag in your bug report. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • disclosure of private data that was supposed to be encrypted using TLS

  • denial of service (crash, infinite loop, etc) that can be caused by any user


To contribute code, you can do so using git: commit your changes on any publicly available git repository and communicate us its address. This can be done with a gitlab merge request, or a github pull request or just by sending a message into the XMPP chatroom.

It is suggested that you use gitlab’s merge requests: this will automatically run our continuous integration tests.

It is also recommended to add some unit or end-to-end tests for the proposed changes.


There are two test suites for biboumi:

  • unit tests that can be run simply using make check. These tests use the Catch2 test framework, are written in pure C++ and they should always succeed, in all possible build configuration.

  • a more complex end-to-end test suite. This test suite is written in python3, uses a specific IRC server (charybdis), and only tests the most complete biboumi configuration (when all dependencies are used). Read more about these tests in the specific documentation TODO.

All these tests automatically run with various configurations, on various platforms, using gitlab CI.

Coding style

Please try to follow the existing style:

  • Use only spaces, not tabs.

  • Curly brackets are on their own lines.

  • Use this-> everywhere it’s possible.

  • Don’t start class attributes with “m_” or similar.

  • Type names are in PascalCase.

  • Everything else is in snake_case.