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We understand that you want to start your tool immediately, but first we need to cover three main topics: an account creation, tool creation and computer set up.

Wikimedia developer account

In order to create your first tool, you will need a Wikimedia developer account. If you've already used Wikitech or Gerrit before, you already have one. It can be created using your Wikimedia account by following these steps:

  1. Go to the Toolforge admin console.
  2. In the Login with your Wikimedia account box press the Login using Wikimedia account button.
    • You will be taken to a Wikimedia account login screen.
  3. Enter your Wikimedia account username and password.
    • Once you are logged into your Wikimedia account, you will return to the Toolforge admin console.
  4. You will be prompted to create an LDAP username, a UNIX shell username, and password. You will also be prompted to enter your email address and agree to the terms of service and code of conduct for technical spaces.
    • The LDAP username will be used to log in on Wikitech, Gerrit and the Toolforge admin console.
    • The UNIX shell username will be used to interact with servers via ssh and for Gerrit.
  5. Finally create your Wikitech account.

Toolforge membership

Once you have a Wikimedia developer account, you have to apply for a Toolforge membership by following these steps:

  1. Submit a Toolforge project membership request.
  2. Wait for membership approval.
    • Your request will be reviewed, and you will receive confirmation within a week. You will be notified through your Wikitech user account that you have been added to the project.
  3. Once you are added as a Toolforge member you must logout and then login again at for your membership to take effect.
    • Finally you can access the Toolforge project and create your first tool.

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