Contributions are welcome, and they are greatly appreciated! Every little bit helps, and credit will always be given.

You can contribute in many ways:

Types of Contributions

Report Bugs

Report bugs at

If you are reporting a bug, please include:

  • Your operating system name and version.
  • Any details about your local setup that might be helpful in troubleshooting.
  • The smallest possible example to reproduce the bug.

Fix Bugs

Look through the GitHub issues for bugs. Anything tagged with “bug” and “help wanted” is open to whoever wants to implement it.

Implement Features

Look through the GitHub issues for features. Anything tagged with “enhancement” and “help wanted” is open to whoever wants to implement it.

Write Documentation

MLBox could always use more documentation, whether as part of the official MLBox docs, in docstrings, or even on the web in blog posts, articles, and such.

Submit Feedback

The best way to send feedback is to file an issue at

If you are proposing a feature:

  • Explain in detail how it would work.
  • Keep the scope as narrow as possible, to make it easier to implement.
  • Remember that this is a volunteer-driven project, and that contributions are welcome :)

Get Started!

Ready to contribute? Here’s how to set up mlbox for local development.

  1. Fork the mlbox repo on GitHub.

  2. Clone your fork:

    $ git clone
  3. If you have virtualenv installed, skip this step. Either, run the following:

    $ pip install virtualenv
  4. Install your local copy into a virtualenv following this commands to set up your fork for local development:

    $ cd MLBox
    $ virtualenv env
    $ source env/bin/activate
    $ python develop

If you have any troubles with the setup, please refer to the installation guide

  1. Create a branch for local development:

    $ git checkout -b name-of-your-bugfix-or-feature

Now you’re set, you can make your changes locally.

NOTE : each time you work on your branch, you will need to activate the virtualenv: $ source env/bin/activate. To deactivate it, simply run: $ deactivate.

  1. When you’re done making changes, check that your changes pass the tests.

NOTE : you need to install pytest before running the tests:

$ cd tests
$ pytest
  1. Commit your changes and push your branch to GitHub:

    $ git add .
    $ git commit -m "Your detailed description of your changes."
    $ git push origin name-of-your-bugfix-or-feature
  2. Submit a pull request through the GitHub website.

Pull Request Guidelines

Before you submit a pull request, check that it meets these guidelines:

  1. The pull request should include tests.
  2. If the pull request adds functionality, the docs should be updated. Put your new functionality into a function with a docstring.
  3. The pull request should work for all supported Python versions and for PyPy. Check and make sure that the tests pass for all supported Python versions.