Contributing to Ghost

Ghost is completely open source software built almost entirely by volunteer contributors who use it every day.

The best part about structuring a software project this way is that not only does everyone get to own the source code without restriction, but as people all over the world help to improve it: Everyone benefits.

Development guide

If you're a developer looking to help, but you're not sure where to begin: Check out the good first issue label on GitHub, which contains small pieces of work that have been specifically flagged as being friendly to new contributors.

Or, if you're looking for something a little more challenging to sink your teeth into, there's a broader help wanted label encompassing issues which need some love.

When you're ready, check out the full Ghost Contributing Guide for detailed instructions about how to hack on Ghost Core and send changes upstream.

Other ways to help

The primary way to contribute to Ghost is by writing code, but if you're not a developer there are still ways you can help. We always need help with:

There are lots of ways to make discovering and using Ghost a better experience.


As a non-profit organisation we're always grateful to receive any and all donations to help our work, and allow us to employ more people to work on Ghost directly.


We're very happy to partner with startups and companies who are able to provide Ghost with credit, goods and services which help us build free, open software for everyone. Please reach out to us if you're interested in partnering with us to help Ghost.

Open Collective OpenCollective

New: We have a number of ongoing donation and sponsorship opportunities for individuals or companies looking to make ongoing contributions to the open source software which they use on Open Collective.


For those who prefer to make a one time donation, we're very happy to accept BTC. Unless you explicitly want your donation to be anonymous, please send us a tweet or an email and let us know who you are! We'd love to say thank you.

Ghost BTC Address

Ghost BTC Address: