Help:Getting Started
Please read the Wikimedia Cloud Services Introduction.
This page is being considered for merging & redirection. The information is redundant and this is documented elsewhere.
Wikimedia Cloud Services provides tools, services, and support for technical collaborators who want to contribute to Wikimedia software projects.
This page outlines the accounts you will need and basic first steps, which will allow you to contribute to this wiki and Wikimedia's technical spaces, including:
You will learn how to:
Set up your accounts
To access and contribute to Cloud Services projects and tools, you will need the following accounts. Please note, these are two distinct accounts:
Get started with Toolforge
  1. Create a Wikimedia developer account.
  2. Create an SSH key and add it to your Wikitech account.
  3. Submit a Toolforge project membership request and wait for its approval.
    Your request will be reviewed, and you will receive confirmation within a week. You will be notified through your Wikitech user account.
  4. Once you are added as a Toolforge member, you must log out and then log in again at
    Doing this is required for your membership to take effect.
  5. Create a new tool or join an existing Tool account
  6. Access the Toolforge project and manage files in Toolforge.

Get started with Cloud VPS Projects
Join an existing project
  1. Choose a project to join with OpenStack browser.
  2. Request membership by creating a Phabricator task and assigning it directly to the project administrator(s).
    You can find the list of project admins by going to<project-name>​.
Create a new project
Follow the instructions on the "Cloud-VPS (Project-requests)" phabricator task.
Add members and admin users to a project
This information is outdated.
Project admins can use the following steps to add new members or grant administrative permissions to members.
  1. Go to Special:NovaProject.
  2. Use Add member link to add new members.
  3. Use Add member link for the projectadmin role in the Role column.
    Log at #wikimedia-cloud connect that you added/granted admin to the member.
Learn about project instances
To learn more about project instances, read the project instances documentation.
Log your actions
See also: Tool:Stashbot
It is best practice to log changes to all instances of your project.
Wikimedia Cloud Services provides a Server Admin Log for users to log their project server administration actions on.
You can add a log entry in the #wikimedia-cloud connect channel on Libera Chat by sending a message like: !log <projectname> <message>
Get started with Gerrit
Gerrit is Wikimedia's code review system.
Once you have created your Wikimedia account and Wikimedia developer account, including your UNIX shell username, follow the instructions in the Gerrit tutorial to get started.
Communication and support
We communicate and provide support through several primary channels. Please reach out with questions and to join the conversation.
Communicate with us
ConnectBest for
Phabricator Workboard#Cloud-ServicesTask tracking and bug reporting
IRC Channel#wikimedia-cloud​connect
Telegram bridge
mattermost bridge
General discussion and support
Mailing Listcloud@Information about ongoing initiatives, general discussion and support
Announcement emailscloud-announce@Information about critical changes (all messages mirrored to cloud@)
News wiki pageNewsInformation about major near-term plans
Cloud Services BlogClouds & UnicornsLearning more details about some of our work
Wikimedia Technical Blogtechblog.wikimedia.orgNews and stories from the Wikimedia technical movement
See also
At-a-Glance: Cloud VPS and Toolforge
Last edited on 21 May 2021, at 00:26
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