# Contribution Guide

# Contributing

Laravel Nova is a closed-source project and as such is not publicly available; however, you may authorize one GitHub account to the Nova repository for contributing or keeping an eye on development. You can manage the authorized account at: https://nova.laravel.com/settings#github

Changing Authorized Account

You will need to disconnect the currently connected account before re-authorizing another.

# Download the Laravel Nova Composer package repository

To get started contributing to Laravel Nova, you need to have a local environment to test your changes against. You can download Nova's Git repository from GitHub after authenticating your Nova account:

  • HTTPS: https://github.com/laravel/nova.git
  • SSH: [email protected]:laravel/nova.git
  • GitHub CLI: gh repo clone laravel/nova

# Download the Laravel Nova NPM package repository

Nova's team also maintains the laravel-nova NPM package, which is used inside custom fields and for Nova's internal use. You can download its repository, if your change requires it:

  • HTTPS: https://github.com/laravel/nova-js.git
  • SSH: [email protected]:laravel/nova-js.git
  • GitHub CLI: gh repo clone laravel/nova-js

# Linking Nova-JS To Nova's Composer Package

When you need to make changes to the Nova-JS library, make sure to link your development version of the package to your core Nova library:

cd ~/Sites/nova-js
yarn link
cd ~/Sites/nova-lib
yarn link laravel-nova

# Unlinking Nova-JS

When you're done submitting changes to Nova-JS, make sure to unlink the package and reinstall your node modules in the main Nova repository to restore Nova's modules to its released state:

cd ~/Sites/nova-lib
yarn unlink laravel-nova
yarn install --force

Compiled Files

If you are submitting a change that will affect a compiled file, such as most of the files in resources/sass or resources/js of the laravel/nova repository, do not commit the compiled files.

Due to their large size, they cannot realistically be reviewed by a maintainer. This could be exploited as a way to inject malicious code into Laravel Nova. In order to defensively prevent this, all compiled files will be generated and committed by Laravel maintainers.

# Create A Test Laravel Nova Application

To test your changes to Nova in context of a real application, you should create a new Laravel application and install your local version of Nova inside it. You can create a new Laravel package using the Laravel Installer:

laravel new nova-fresh

Next, add Nova to your new application's composer.json file:

"require": {
    "laravel/nova": "*",
"repositories": [
       "type": "path",
       "url": "../nova-lib"

After adding the repository, run composer update to install the package:

composer update

After Composer finishes installing, you can install Nova's front-end dependencies by running Nova's installation Artisan command:

php artisan nova:install

You may also create a new user for your Nova application by using the nova:user command and following the prompts:

php artisan nova:user

# Configuring Webpack For Development

Nova's repository ships with a webpack.mix.js.dist file to help you get started contributing to Nova. You should create a copy of this file and name it webpack.mix.js. Take care to change the value of the line .copy('public', '../nova-app/public/vendor/nova') to point to your testing application's path. Doing so will ensure that when you change code inside of Nova's JavaScript assets that your testing application's front-end assets are also updated.