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Get Involved

Jaeger is an open source project with open governanceexternal link . We welcome contributions from the community, and we’d love your help to improve and extend the project. Below you will find some ideas for how to get involved with the project. Some of them don’t even require any coding. There is also a good CNCF guide on how to start contributing to open source and figure out where to beginexternal link .

No-coding involvement

  • Join the online chat room and help answering questions from the rest of the community.

  • Join our bi-weekly video calls to discuss issues, large initiatives, or present case studies.

  • Help documenting answers to common questions, either in Jaeger documentationexternal link or Stackoverflowexternal link .

  • Help improving Jaeger documentationexternal link , especially if you yourself run into issues where something is not clear or not working.

  • Publish blog posts or tutorials about Jaeger, for example:

    • What kind of deployment model you chose in your company and why.
    • How to use Jaeger with hosted storage solutions, such as AWS Elasticsearch.
    • What kind of problems you were able to solve with Jaeger in your organization.
    • How did you model traces for non-trivial workflows, like async processing.


  • Advocate for deploying Jaeger in your company.

  • Propose designs for building new capabilities in Jaeger.

  • Organize local meetups to explain the benefits of Jaeger and distributed tracing.

Help with coding

Of course, there’s also no shortage of opportunities to help with the actual development of Jaeger. The easiest way to start is with issues labeled as good-first-issueexternal link . Note that the Jaeger project includes many different repositoriesexternal link , covering backend components, Jaeger UI, Kubernetes tools, analytics tools, etc. Many of them have these tickets, so pick whichever area interests you the most.

Another label to look for is help-wantedexternal link , which we use to tag tickets that involve features that maintainers consider promising / useful, but which are not on the immediate roadmap (after all, we all have day jobs with different priorities).

Please refer to the Contributing Guidelinesexternal link on how to make code contributions. And make sure to follow the CNCF Code of Conductexternal link .

Mentorship programs

The Jaeger project regularly participates in mentorship programs via CNCF. See Mentorships .