Building, Testing, and Contributing


As with all golang projects, you need to have your $GOPATH set up and ddev code must in the $GOPATH. This is an inflexibility of golang. We recommend that you set GOPATH=~/go and clone ddev into ~/go/src/

make make linux make darwin make windows make test make clean

Note that although this git repository contains submodules (in the containers/ directory) they are not used in a normal build, but rather by the nightly build. You can safely ignore the git submodules and the containers/ directory.


Normal test invocation is just make test. Run a single test with an invocation like go test -v -run TestDevAddSites ./pkg/...

To see which ddev commands the tests are executing, set the environment variable DRUD_DEBUG=true.

Docker container development

The four docker containers that ddev users are included in the containers/ directory:

  • containers/ddev-webserver: Provides the web servers (the "web" container).
  • containers/ddev-dbserver: Provides the "db" container.
  • containers/phpmyadmin: Provides the phpmyadmin container
  • containers/ddev-router: The router image


Interested in contributing to ddev? We would love your suggestions, contributions, and help! Please review our Guidelines for Contributing, then create an issue or open a pull request!