Contributing to Perfetto
NOTE: Perfetto can be built on Windows, Mac or Linux. However, setting up the environment on Windows is complicated so is not covered by this quickstart.
Prerequisites: git and python3.
git clone https://android.googlesource.com/platform/external/perfetto/ cd perfetto tools/install-build-deps tools/setup_all_configs.py
tools/ninja -C out/linux_clang_release
tools/ninja -C out/linux_clang_debug
tools/ninja -C out/mac_release
tools/ninja -C out/mac_debug
- Create an account at android.googlesource.com.
depot_tools, a collection of helper scripts which make uploading changes to Android gerrit easier.
cd perfetto git clone https://chromium.googlesource.com/chromium/tools/depot_tools.git
depot_toolsto your path:
depot_path="$(realpath depot_tools)" export PATH=$depot_path:$PATH
- Create a branch with the change:
git new-branch first-contribution
- Make change in the repo.
- Add and commit the change:
git add . git commit -m "My first contribution" git cl upload
Development happens in the AOSP repository: https://android.googlesource.com/platform/external/perfetto/
https://github.com/google/perfetto is an up-to-date and actively maintained read-only mirror of the above. Pull requests through GitHub are not accepted.
All submissions, including submissions by project members, require review. We use Android AOSP Gerrit for this purpose.
git cl upload from Chromium depot tools is the preferred
workflow to upload patches, as it takes care of runing presubmit tests,
build-file generators and code formatting.
If you submit code directly through
repo and your CL touches build files or
.proto files, it's very likely that it will fail in the CI because the
aforementioned generators are bypassed.
There are two levels of CI / TryBots involved when submitting a Perfetto CL:
ci.perfetto.dev: it covers building and testing on most platforms and toolchains within ~15 mins. Anecdotally most build failures and bugs are detected at the Perfetto CI level.
The Android CI (also known as TreeHugger) builds a full system image and runs full integration tests within ~2-4 hours. This can shake a number of more rare integration bugs, often related with SELinux, initrc files or similar.
Both CIs are kicked in when the
Presubmit-Ready: +1 is set and will publish a
comment like this on the CL.
You need to wait for both CIs to go green before submitting. The only exceptions are UI-only, docs-only or GN-only changes, for which the Android CI can be bypassed, as those are not built as part of the Android tree.
You can also test a pending Perfetto CL against Chrome's TryBots.
You can reach us on our Discord channel.
Mailing list: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/perfetto-dev
This project follows Google's Open Source Community Guidelines.
For bugs affecting Android or the tracing internals:
For bugs affecting Chrome Tracing:
- Use http://crbug.com
Contributions to this project must be accompanied by a Contributor License Agreement. You (or your employer) retain the copyright to your contribution; this simply gives us permission to use and redistribute your contributions as part of the project. Head over to https://cla.developers.google.com/ to see your current agreements on file or to sign a new one.
You generally only need to submit a CLA once, so if you've already submitted one (even if it was for a different project), you probably don't need to do it again.