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This article provides detailed instructions for setting up your workstation for Joomla! development with Apache, PHP, xdebug, Git. Please refer to the following links for other development tools and environments: Setting up your workstation for Joomla development
The article more specifically let's you contribute to the official Joomla! Github code repository.
Now we are going to create a new PHP project that will contain all of the source code files for Joomla!. We can import the source code and create our PHP project at the same time.
To do so, please see Working with git and github/My first pull request
The CMS project uses the Git version control system and the CMS repository is stored on Github here: https://github.com/joomla/joomla-cms. Bugs are fixed in the master branch of this repository, and normally there are bug fixes and changes in the master branch that are more recent than the latest released Joomla version. For this reason, when we test and code bug fixes, we normally use the latest code from the master branch on Github, not the latest released version. Therefore, Bug Squad testers and coders need to understand how to use Git and the Github repository.
For Eclipse setup information related to Joomla! extension development, see Setting up your workstation for extension development.