Join the developers contributing to the success of the Open edX platform. Learn more about the product, documentation, and collaboration spaces.

Recommended skill-set

To contribute to the Open edX codebase or to create XBlocks, developers need:

  • Knowledge of and comfort with Python and Javascript
  • Familiarity and comfort with Devstack and Docker
  • Comfort with HTML and CSS if writing front-end features
  • Understanding of edX internationalization
  • Knowledge of edX accessibility guidelines

Development resources

Everything you need to be a productive member of the Open edX community:

  • Documentation, Wiki, GitHub
  • Collaboration spaces
  • Repository
  • Access to code

Development environment

Devstack is your tool for developing and testing Open edX on your local computer. Devstack uses Docker containers that use the same system requirements as a production system.
Devstack includes the following edX components:

  • The Learning Management System (LMS)
  • Studio, for course development
  • Forums
  • Open Response Assessments

Devstack simplifies certain production settings to make development more convenient. For example, nginx and gunicorn are disabled in Devstack; Devstack uses Django’s runserver instead.
To run Devstack, you must install Docker 17.06+ CE


Options for customizing your Open edX instance include XBlocks, LTIs and APIs.

Reporting problems

If you want to report a technical problem with the Open edX software, Slack is the place to do it. You can request a Slack invitation automatically, then join our community Slack workspace. Security issues should be reported privately to

Getting Started

New to Open edX development? Check out our Getting Started page for details on choosing a distribution.