Be a Part of Something Bigger

Everything that we make is 100% open source and developed collaboratively by people from all over the world. Even if you're not a programmer, you can get involved and make a difference.


The biggest way to help out elementary is with funding. With your help, we've been able to grow from a small group of passionate volunteers into a tiny company. Every little bit of help is one step closer to hiring another full-time developer.

Bug Bounties

BountySource puts funds directly in the hands of developers by rewarding them for committing fixes or creating new features. Set a bounty on the issues that matter to you most or fund a specific app. You can also set up a recurring subscription. Learn More

General Funding

Patreon works like an ongoing crowdfunding campaign. Choose an amount, get rewards, and help us reach our goals. Learn More

PayPal is a quick and easy solution. Choose a one-time amount or set up a subscription.


elementary OS is created and used by people from all around the World; help us make the experience even better by translating it into more languages.

elementary OS uses an open, collaborative translation tool on Launchpad called Rosetta. Learn More

Our website is also openly translated using an online platform called Transifex. Learn More

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Question & Answer

StackExchange is a Q&A website built around finding the best answers to common questions. Anyone can create an account to start asking and answering.


elementary provides basic documentation for both users and developers. All of our documentation is written in Markdown and hosted on GitHub, so submitting a change or a new section is a piece of cake.

Web Development

Our website is built using HTML, CSS, PHP, and JavaScript. We're always looking for people experienced in those areas who would like to contribute and make it even better.

Desktop Development

Our desktop environment and all its apps are built using Vala, GTK+, Granite, and a number of other open libraries. We host our desktop code on, a free service for open source projects. If you've never developed for elementary OS before, we recommend you check out our Getting Started guide. Learn More

This burndown chart shows our progress for the Loki Beta 1 milestone, which is our current development focus. Soon after that milestone is reached, public beta testing for Loki will begin and this chart will be updated to reflect the next milestone. Learn More

In Progress


Every project begins with an idea. Our Design Team takes these and turns them into clear blueprints and bug reports. We break up design into two main components:

Visual Design

We're always open to new ideas for elementary OS's visual design. Get started by sharing mockups with our Google+ Community

Interaction Design

We use a system on Launchpad called Blueprints to create detailed explanations of new features and changes to the user interface.