Thank you for choosing to contribute to PyCaret. There are a ton of great open-source projects out there, so we appreciate your interest in contributing to PyCaret. It is an open-source, low-code machine learning library in Python developed and open-sourced in April 2020 by Moez Ali and is now maintained by awesome community members just like you. In this documentation, we will cover a couple of ways you can contribute to this project.


There is always room for improvement in documentation. We welcome all the pull requests to fix typo / improve grammar or semantic structuring of documents. Here are a few documents you can work on:

Open Issues

If you would like to help in working on open issues. Look out for following tags: good first issue help wanted open for contribution

Medium Writers

If you are interested or have already written a Medium story covering PyCaret. You can submit your story in a markdown format. Submit a PR to To convert medium stories into markdown format please download this chrome extension:

Major Contribution

If you are willing to make a major contribution you can always lookout for the active sprint under Projects and discuss the proposal with sprint leader.

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Development setup

Follow installation instructions to first create a virtual environment. Then, install development version of the package:

pip install -e .[test]

We use pre-commit with black for code formatting. It runs automatically before you make a new commit. To set up pre-commit, follow these steps:

  1. Install pre-commit:

pip install pre-commit
  1. Set up pre-commit:

pre-commit install

Unit testing

Install development version of the package with additional extra dependencies required for unit testing:

pip install -e .[test]

We use pytest for unit testing.

To run tests, except skipped ones (search for @pytest.mark.skip decorator over test functions), run:

pytest pycaret


We use sphinx to build our documentation and readthedocs to host it. The source files can be found in docs/source/. The main configuration file for sphinx is and the main page is index.rst.

To build the documentation locally, you need to install a few extra dependencies listed in docs/source/requirements.txt:

pip install -r docs/source/requirements.txt

To build the website locally, run:


You can find the generated files in the docs/build/ folder. To view the website, open docs/build/index.html with your preferred web browser.