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github: engine source contribution

Hello guys, I'm experiencing problems with contributing to engine source. I've read this manual: https://wiki.unrealengine.com/GitHub_Setup and this: https://wiki.unrealengine.com/Git_Pull_Requests and even this: https://wiki.unrealengine.com/GitHub_Sharing_Hub

and two or more tons of questions on AnswerHub,


I still don't understand how to add new branch to commit my changes and then make a pull request for review? When I try to do that on GitHub webinterface i see this:

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AFAIK, here must be a magic button that activates "Create Branch" spell :) But none is here, why? When I try to do this with GitHub Desktop, I can add a branch locally but when I publish it to GitHub, I get this:

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Product Version: UE Github Master branch
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asked Jun 01 '18 at 06:12 PM in C++ Programming

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I've never done this with Unreal, but I think the step your missing is to make a fork of the Unreal repo which you make your changes in. So, this guide is correct (which you already found): https://wiki.unrealengine.com/Git_Pull_Requests and the process should be something like:

  1. Make fork of the repo: https://help.github.com/articles/fork-a-repo/

  2. Make sure you are on the 'Master' branch and you are up to date

  3. Make a new branch

  4. Make your changes and commit them

  5. Make sure your branch and changes are pushed to the origin

  6. You can then make a pull request back into the official Unreal Engine repo

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answered Jun 02 '18 at 02:03 PM

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You can't push commits or make branches on the EpicGames\UnrealEngine repository, only Epic has write access there. Follow the steps @phil_me_up mentions and you shouldn't have any issues.

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