Much documentation and some introductory slides are to be found on the Documentation page. We suggest to read the manual and the slides to get a general overview and to get you started.
New developers are welcome to:
The repository is split in several modules.
Anonymous Git Access
This project's freedesktop.org Git repository can be checked out through anonymous Git with the following instruction set. The module you wish to check out must be specified as the modulename. To determine the names of the modules created by this project, you may examine their Git repository via the provided web-based Git repository viewer.
git clone git://anongit.freedesktop.org/gstreamer/modulename
Developer Git Access
Developers can check out modules from git like this:
git clone ssh://firstname.lastname@example.org/git/gstreamer/modulename
Only project developers can access the Git tree via this method. A Git client must be installed on your client machine. Substitute modulename and username with the proper values. Make sure the appropriate SSH key is available on your machine (add it with
ssh-add). Enter your SSH key's passphrase when prompted.
You can find information on how to get a developer account on freedesktop here.
However, usually you should only apply for a developer account if you have been encouraged by a GStreamer developer to do so, or have been contributing to GStreamer and been active in the GStreamer community for some time.
You do not need a developer account in order to work on GStreamer. Anonymous git access should be sufficient for that, and it's easy to maintain personal git branches elsewhere with git (e.g. on a personal server, or gitorious or github). Patches can and should then be submitted via bugzilla, as per the SubmittingPatches page on the wiki.
Best practices for making patches and/or committing to GStreamer git can be found on the GitDeveloperGuidelines wiki page.
The GStreamer API can be accessed from various programming languages in addition to the native C API.
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