Help:Getting Started

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Wikimedia Cloud Services provides tools, services, and support for technical collaborators who want to contribute to Wikimedia software projects.

This page outlines the accounts you will need and basic first steps, which will allow you to contribute to this wiki and Wikimedia's technical spaces, including:

You will learn how to:

  • Join an existing project or begin a new project.
  • Add members or admins to projects.
  • Create and configure instances within a project.
  • Find help and ways to participate.

Set up your accounts

To access and contribute to Cloud Services projects and tools, you will need the following accounts. Please note, these are two distinct accounts:

  • Wikimedia account - this account is used to contribute to Wikipedia and its sister projects.
    • When you create your Wikimedia account, you will create a username and password.
  • Wikimedia developer account - this account is used to log into this wiki, Toolforge, Cloud VPS, Gerrit and other protected Wikimedia Services.
    • When you create your Wikimedia developer account, you will create a username (sometimes called LDAP username), UNIX shell username, and password.

Get started with Toolforge

  1. Create a Wikimedia developer account.
  2. Create an SSH key and add it to your Wikitech account.
  3. Submit a Toolforge project membership request and wait for its approval.
    • Your request will be reviewed, and you will receive confirmation within a week. You will be notified through your Wikitech user account.
  4. Once you are added as a Toolforge member, you must log out and then log in again at
    • Doing this is required for your membership to take effect.
  5. Create a new tool or join an existing Tool account
  6. Access the Toolforge project and manage files in Toolforge.

Get started with Cloud VPS Projects

Join an existing project

  1. Choose a project to join with OpenStack browser.
  2. Request membership by creating a Phabricator task and assigning it directly to the project administrator(s).
    • You can find the list of project admins by going to<project-name>.

Create a new project

  1. Follow the instructions on the "Cloud-VPS (Project-requests)" phabricator task.

Add members and admin users to a project

Project admins can add new members or grant administrative permissions to members via

  1. Log at #wikimedia-cloud connect that you added/granted admin to the member.

Learn about project instances

To learn more about project instances, read the project instances documentation.

Log your actions

It is best practice to log changes to all instances of your project.

Wikimedia Cloud Services provides a Server Admin Log for users to log their project server administration actions on.

You can add a log entry in the #wikimedia-cloud connect channel on Libera Chat by sending a message like: !log <projectname> <message>

Get started with Gerrit

Gerrit is Wikimedia's code review system.

Once you have created your Wikimedia account and Wikimedia developer account, including your UNIX shell username, follow the instructions in the Gerrit tutorial to get started.

Communication and support

We communicate and provide support through several primary channels. Please reach out with questions and to join the conversation.

Communicate with us
Way Connect Best for
Phabricator Workboard #Cloud-Services Task tracking and bug reporting
IRC Channel #wikimedia-cloud connect
Telegram bridge
mattermost bridge
General discussion and support
Mailing List cloud@ Information about ongoing initiatives, general discussion and support
Announcement emails cloud-announce@ Information about critical changes (all messages mirrored to cloud@)
News wiki page News Information about major near-term plans
Cloud Services Blog Clouds & Unicorns Learning more details about some of our work
Wikimedia Technical Blog News and stories from the Wikimedia technical movement

See also