• Generate new servers as easily as possible
  • Generate new servers from infrastructure as code
  • Maintain flexibility across multiple virtualization and cloud service providers

Ways to Contribute

This is a small project.

Contributions are welcome, and they are greatly appreciated! Every little bit helps.

You can contribute in many ways:

Project Tags

Use these uppercase tags in issues and commit messages to help organize commits:

FEAT: Feature
BUG: Bug
DOC: Documentation
TST: Test
BLD: Build
PERF: Performance
CLN: Cleanup
SEC: Security

Commit Messages:

FEAT: Add new feature (closes #3)
FIX: Fixes #3

Separate multiple tags with a comma:

DOC,BLD,TST: Improve build docs and tests
TST,BUG: Add a test for reproducing a bug

FEAT: Feature

Implement Features

Look through the GitHub issues for features. Anything tagged with “FEAT” is open to whoever wants to implement it.

If you are proposing a feature (FEAT):

  • Explain in detail how it would work.
  • Keep the scope as narrow as possible, to make it easier to implement.
  • Remember that this is a volunteer-driven project, and that contributions are welcome :)

DOC: Documentation

Write Documentation

provis could always use more documentation (DOC), whether as part of the official provis docs, in docstrings, or even on the web in blog posts, articles, and such.

BUG: Bug

Report Bugs

Report bugs at

If you are reporting a bug, please include:

  • Your operating system name and version.
  • Any details about your local setup that might be helpful in troubleshooting.
  • Detailed steps to reproduce the bug.

Fix Bugs

Look through the GitHub issues for bugs. Anything tagged with “BUG” is open to whoever wants to implement it.

TST: Test

BLD: Build

PERF: Performance

CLN: Cleanup

SEC: Security

Contributing References

Submit Feedback

The best way to send feedback is to file an issue at

Get Started!

Ready to contribute? Here’s how to set up provis for local development.

  1. Fork the provis repo on GitHub.

  2. Clone your fork locally:

    $ git clone ssh://
  3. Install your local copy into a virtualenv. Assuming you have virtualenvwrapper installed, this is how you set up your fork for local development:

    $ mkvirtualenv provis
    $ cd provis/
    $ python develop
  4. Create a branch for local development:

    $ git checkout -b name-of-your-bugfix-or-feature

    Now you can make your changes locally.

  5. When you’re done making changes, check that your changes pass flake8 and the tests, including testing other Python versions with tox:

    $ flake8 provis tests
    $ python test
    $ tox

    To get flake8 and tox, just pip install them into your virtualenv.

  6. Commit your changes and push your branch to GitHub:

    $ git add .
    $ git commit -m "Your detailed description of your changes."
    $ git push origin name-of-your-bugfix-or-feature
  7. Submit a pull request through the GitHub website.

Pull Request Guidelines

Before you submit a pull request, check that it meets these guidelines:

  1. The pull request should include tests (TST).
  2. The pull request could have Project Tags.
  3. If the pull request adds functionality, the docs should be updated. Put your new functionality into a function with a docstring, and add the feature to the list in README.rst.
  4. The pull request should work for Python 2.6, 2.7, and 3.3, and for PyPy. Check and make sure that the tests pass for all supported Python versions.


To run a subset of tests:

$ python -m unittest tests.test_provis