How to Contribute

TRISA is an open source project and welcomes contributions!

The TRISA Protocol implementation is hosted on GitHub at

The codebase for the Global Directory Service is hosted on GitHub at

The codebase for the TRISA TestNet is hosted on GitHub at

Setting up GitHub for Contributing

  1. Set up git signing.

    Create GPG (GNU Privacy Guard) keys to enable git signing to enable verified commits. Install the GPG command line tools.

    Generate a GPG key pair, and the GPG key must use RSA with a key size of 4096 bits. (At the prompt, specify the kind of key you want, or press Enter to accept the default RSA and RSA.)

    $ gpg --full-generate-key

    View your generated key as follows:

    $ gpg --list-secret-keys --keyid-format=long

    Get your full key as follows:

    $ gpg --armor --export <your key>

    Copy your GPG key, which looks like the following:


    Add the GPG key in Github by accessing Accounts Settings. And in the sidebar, under Access, click SSH and GPG Keys. Then click New GPG key, and paste your copied GPG key here in the Key field.

    After your GPG key has been added, copy the Key ID and set up automatic commit signing.

    $ git config --global commit.gpgsign true
    $ git config --global user.signingkey <Key ID>
  2. Clone the target repository locally and create a feature branch to hold changes.

    $ git clone
    $ cd trisa
    $ git checkout -b feature-branch-name
  3. After making changes and pushing commits to your feature branch in the target remote repository, open a Pull Request (PR) and request a review from a maintainer.

Contributing to the Documentation

  1. To contribute to the documentation, you need to install hugo. On a Mac, we recommend using Homebrew as follows:

    $ brew install hugo

    You can check the version of Hugo as follows:

    $ hugo version

    Ensure the installed version of Hugo matches the deployed Hugo version, which can be found here.

  2. After making changes to the documentation, review changes by running a local server while in the docs subdirectory. The -D renders content marked as draft.

    $ hugo serve -D

    Navigate to http://localhost:1313/ to view the rendered website with your changes. The website will be re-rendered every time you make changes by refreshing the page.

Common Issues While Contributing

  1. Failing to sign commits

    While trying to commit changes, you receive this error below:

    gpg failed to sign the data fatal: failed to write commit object

    Likely Solution: There may have been another gpg key associated with your GitHub account, and the system still recognizes that previous key. Therefore, you may need to stop the gpg-agent by doing the following:

    $ gpgconf --kill gpg-agent
  2. Error building site due to new commits with shortcode

    While trying to run hugo serve -D after making changes to the TRISA documentation, you receive this error below:

    Error: Error building site: ".../trisa/docs/content/...": failed to extract shortcode: template for shortcode "shortcode_name" not found

    Likely Solution: You may need to register submodules and submodules within. This can be done with the following:

    git submodule update --init --recursive