40+ Beginner-Friendly Open Source Projects to Contribute to Hacktoberfest 2022

Hacktober Fest is just around the corner! Here's a list of beginner-friendly projects you can contribute to!

40+ Beginner-Friendly Open Source Projects to Contribute to Hacktoberfest 2022
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Hacktoberfest is one of the most significant Open Source events currently taking place. By participating in Hacktoberfest, you will have the opportunity to win a prize by submitting four pull requests between October 1 and October 31. The first 40,000 people to complete the challenge will be able to choose between a limited edition T-shirt and planting a tree in their honor.

I won't be able to cover every topic/programming language for Hacktoberfest. However, you can find a list of projects with the Hacktoberfest topic here.

In this article, I'll list some beginner-friendly repositories where you can contribute.

So let's get started!

GitHub Profiles

1. Custom Icon Badges

This project enables users to more easily use Octicons as well as their own icons and logos on shields.io badges.

2. GitHub Readme Activity Graph

A dynamically generated activity graph displaying your GitHub activities over the last 31 days.

3. GitHub Readme Stats

These are the stats for your GitHub Readmes that are generated dynamically.

4. GitHub Readme Streak Stats

This shows your total contributions, current streak, and longest streak on your GitHub profile Readme.

5. Readme Typing SVG

Dynamically generated and customizable SVG that simulates typing and deleting text. SVGs can be used in your GitHub profile Readme or repository as a bio.


6. 33 JS Concepts

33 JavaScript concepts every developer should know.

7. Awesome macOS open source applications

This is a list of awesome open-source macOS applications. This list includes both native and cross-platform apps.

8. Awesome Resources

A fantastic collection of resources on various tech stacks.

9. Developer Roadmap

A collaborative effort to create roadmaps, guides, and other educational content to help developers understand the software development landscape, and learn and grow in their careers.

10. Free Programming Books

In this repository, you can contribute by sharing free e-book books. Discover free programming books in various languages, and contribute your favorites if they are missing, making them more valuable.

11. Remote Jobs

A list of semi to fully remote-friendly companies (jobs) in tech.

12. tldr-pages

Collaborative cheatsheets for console commands

Algorithms and Data Structures

13. codedecks

These are projects that include problem-solving solutions from platforms like HackerRank and Leetcode that can be used to prepare for coding interviews.

14. Cosmos

This is a compilation of every algorithm and data structure including C, C++, Java, JavaScript, Swift, Python, Go, and other programming languages.

15. The Algorithms

This is an open-source resource for learning data structures and algorithms, as well as how to implement them in any programming language.


16. Apollo 11

Original Apollo 11 Guidance Computer (AGC) source code for the command and lunar modules.


17. Data Structures and Algorithms in CPP

This repository is in the development phase and will soon provide you with c++ code of various data structures and algorithms


18. Appflowy

AppFlowy is an open-source alternative to Notion. Users have control over their data and customizations. Built with Flutter and Rust.


19. Awesome Go

A collection of fantastic Go frameworks, libraries, and software.

20. Cockroach DB

An open source, cloud-native distributed SQL database.

21. Mattermost

Mattermost is an open-source platform for secure collaboration across the entire software development lifecycle.


22 . Axios

Axios is a simple promise-based HTTP client for the browser and Node.js.

23. Chart.js

Simple HTML5 Charts using the <canvas> tag

24. Definitely Typed

The repository for high-quality TypeScript type definitions.

25. Discord.js

A powerful JavaScript library for interacting with the Discord API.

26. Javascript Algorithms

Algorithms and data structures that are written in JavaScript, with explanations and links to additional resources

27. Material UI

MUI Core: Ready-to-use foundational React components, free forever. It includes Material UI that implements Google's Material Design.

28. Responsively App

A modified web browser that helps in responsive web development. A web dev's must-have developer tool.

29. Strapi

Strapi is the leading open-source headless CMS. It's 100% JavaScript, completely customizable, and designed with developers in mind.


30. Jabref

A graphical Java program for managing BibTeX and biblatex (.bib) databases.

31. Java Design Patterns

Design patterns implemented in Java.

32. Wikimedia Commons Android App

The Wikimedia Commons Android app allows users to upload pictures from their Android phone/tablet to Wikimedia Commons.


33. learn4haskell

Learn Haskell basics in 4 pull requests.


34. Hexagon

Hexagon is a microservices toolkit written in Kotlin. Its purpose is to ease the building of services (Web applications or APIs) that run inside a cloud platform.

35. Sirix

SirixDB is an embeddable, temporal, evolutionary database system that stores immutable revisions using an append-only approach.


36. Appwrite

An end-to-end backend server for Web, Mobile, Native, or Backend apps packaged as a set of Docker microservices.

37. Matomo

Matomo is a full-featured PHP MySQL software program that you download and install on your own web server.

38. Symfony

The Symfony PHP framework.


39. Airflow

Apache Airflow is a platform for authoring, scheduling, and monitoring workflows programmatically.

40. Ansible

Ansible is a radically simple IT automation system. It handles configuration management, application deployment, cloud provisioning, ad hoc task execution, network automation, and multi-node orchestration.

41. Mitmproxy

An interactive HTTP proxy with TLS capability for penetration testers and software developers.

42. Pytest

The Pytest framework allows for the creation of simple tests while also scaling to support complex functional testing for applications and libraries.

43. Scrapy

Scrapy is a fast high-level web crawling & scraping framework for Python.


44. Chatwoot

Open-source customer engagement suite, an alternative to Intercom, Zendesk, Salesforce Service Cloud, etc.

45. Public Lab

A collaborative knowledge-exchange platform in Rails. They welcome first-time contributors.


That's all, folks! I hope you find a useful project to contribute to during Hacktoberfest and get a good start in the open source world.

Please share if you found this article useful. Feel free to respond if you have any thoughts, feedback, or comments.

Until next time, happy coding and learning! Cheers!

About the author

Paula Isabel Signo is a technical writer at OSSPH and a web developer at Point One. In her free time, Paula contributes to various open-source projects, volunteers in the community, and shares her knowledge by writing articles and tutorials. Connect with Paula here to learn more about her work and interests.