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Contributing to Sudo

Thank you for your interest in contributing to Sudo! There are a number of way you can help make Sudo better.

Getting started

To get an overview of Sudo, see the file. There are multiple ways to contribute, some of which don’t require writing a single line of code.

Filing bug reports/issues

If you believe you have found a bug, you can either file a bug report in the sudo bug database,, or open a GitHub issue, whichever you find easier. If you would prefer to use email, messages may be sent to the mailing list (public) or to (private).

For sudo’s security policy and how to report security issues, see

Please check before submitting a bug report. When reporting bugs, be sure to include the version of sudo you are using, the operating system and/or distro that is affected, and, if possible, step-by-step instructions to reproduce the problem.

Making changes to Sudo

If you are interested in making changes to Sudo there are two main work flows:

In addition to the GitHub repo, there is also a mercurial repo.

sudo-workers mailing list

If you would like to discuss your changes before submitting a PR, you may do so on the mailing list. Otherwise, discussion can simply occur as part of the PR work flow.


Sudo uses the oss-fuzz project to perform fuzzing. Each commit to the main branch will trigger a short fuzzing run via the CIFuzz action. The history of that action shows successful and failed fuzzing runs.

Longer fuzzing runs occur using the ClusterFuzz infrastructure. These fuzzing runs are longer than those used by CIFuzz. A public list of failures is available.

For more information, see


Sudo uses GNU gettext for its National Language Support (NLS). Strings in sudo and related programs are collected in .pot files that can be translated into multiple languages.

Translations for sudo are coordinated by the Translation Project. If you would like to contribute to Sudo’s translations, please join a translation team at the Translation Project instead of contributing a .po file directly. This will avoid duplicated work if there is already a translation in progress. If you would like to become a member of a translation team, please follow the instructions for translators.

There are currently two translation domains: one for the sudo front-end and a separate one for the sudoers module and related utilities.