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There are many ways you can help make Groovy a better piece of software - and we can use all the help we can get. Please dive in and help! (smile)

Try surfing the documentation - if something is confusing or not clear, let us know - or better still fix it for us. All of this website is maintained in a wiki, so please go right ahead and fix things if they are wrong or contribute new documentation.

Download the code & try it out and see what you think. Browse the source code.
Got an itch to scratch, want to tune some operation or add some feature?

Want to do some hacking on Groovy? Try surfing the issue tracker (see below) for open issues or features that need to be implemented, take ownership of an issue and try to fix it.

If you find a bug or a problem

Please raise a new issue in our issue tracker (see below).

If you can create a JUnit test case (either via Groovy or Java code) then your issue is more likely to be resolved quicker.
Take a look at some of the existing unit tests cases, find one and modify it to try reproduce your problem.

Then we can add your issue to Git and then we'll know when its really fixed and we can ensure that the problem stays fixed in future releases.

Submitting Github Pull Requests

The preferred way of contributing code to Groovy is by submitting a Pull Request to the project on Github.

The best workflow for this is to raise a new issue in the tracker (see below), fix the code in a branch on your forked project, and submit a pull request via the Github UI (mentioning the Jira Issue ID in the pull request, and then commenting the Jira ticket with the ID of the pull request so that both can be tied together).

One workflow you could use is described in a blog post here.

Submitting patches

We gladly accept patches if you can find ways to improve, tune or fix Groovy in some way.

Most IDEs can create nice patches very easily. If you're a command line person try the following to create the patch


Once you've created a patch the best way to submit it is to raise a new issue in the issue tracker (see below) and maybe send us a mail on the developer list letting us know about the patch.

Using the issue tracker

Dune to JIRA spam-bots you have to register with Codehaus Xircles before accessing the issue tracker. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Xircles Signup page.
  2. Pick a username/password.
  3. Get the verification email and verify yourself.
  4. You are now logged into Note that there is no link to this page from the main page.
  5. Open the issue tracker (JIRA) page.
  6. In the upper-right corner, click "log in" (you must log into JIRA separately from Xircles).
  7. Use your Xircles username/password. You should now be logged into JIRA.

See for additional details/help.

Improvements that need your help

Here's a list of some issues contributors could have a look at, to get started contributing to Groovy. You can also contribute to unassigned issues/enhancements without the "contrib" tag, just add the comment about your intentions in this issue and start working on it.

The following table is a summary of the fields where we would like to improve Groovy but do not find enough time to implement those features. For each of them, you will find a short description, an idea of the skills you need to implement them and the level of difficulty. Of course, getting into Groovy Core can be sometimes hard, so we should always work as a team and each subject below would be followed by a mentor.

Grammar rewriteThe current Groovy grammar is written using ANTLR 2. For maintenance reasons, we would like to migrate the grammar to ANTLR 3 or ANTLR 4. Originally planned for Groovy 3, we will probably not be able to do that if no one helps. It is an important background task which covers the grammar of Groovy, the grammar of Java and a good knowledge of the Groovy AST (for backwards compatibility).Grammar writing (Antlr helps a lot!), parsers, Groovy AST (nice to have)HardJochen Theodorou


Bytecode optimizationsSince Groovy 2.0, we have two flavours of bytecode: the dynamic bytecode, corresponding to the main and legacy Groovy, and a "static" bytecode, triggered using the @CompileStatic annotation, which is closer to what Java produces. Both need specific bytecode optimizations.ASM, JVM BytecodeHardCédric ChampeauIn progress
Javascript backendGroovy runs on the JVM, but we would also like to see a Javascript backend. Of course, a prototype would have limited capabilities compared to what the JVM one offers, mostly because the Groovy language is not only a language but also a rich API relying internally on JDK APIs.Javascript, Groovy compiler internalsHardGuillaume LaforgeIdea
Lambda supportJDK 8 will offer support for lambdas. Lambdas are close to what Groovy offers with closures, but the syntax, implementation and more importantly semantics are quite different. A future version of Groovy should be able to support both closures (Groovy) and lambdas (JDK 8).JVM bytecode, grammarHardJochen TheodorouNot started
Lazy datastructures and comprehensions

The idea would be to have Groovy support generators, lazy evaluations, ... See for example

It is also important to take a look at what APIs are being written in JDK 8 because most of the APIs written for the new lambdas are specifically lazy.

AlgorithmicsMediumPaul KingPrototype
New MOPThe new MOP (Meta Object Protocol) is a key feature of Groovy 3. The objective is to rewrite the MOP totally, in order to provide a more consistent, powerful and performant MOP. See theoryMediumJochen TheodorouIn progress
BugfixesAs the language is widely used, we have a lot of bug reports. Unfortunately, the team is too small to tackle them all. If you find a bug that you think you can work on, do not hesitate to help! Easy to hardany member of Groovy coreIn progress
ModularizationGroovy 2 came with the concept of modularization and is now splitted into modules. Each module is a logical group of features (for example, XML, JSON, Swing, ...). While Groovy core was reduced by half, there's still plenty of room for improvement and further modularization.ArchitectureEasyPaul KingIn progress
DocumentationOn every project, documentation is never enough, nor up-to-date. Groovy falls into that trap too. A very good way to get into Groovy is to start documentation, fix documentation or improve javadocs. There are also side projects like a new website, a new Groovy Web Console which require some time but were never started. EasyGuillaume LaforgeIn progress
SpecificationHelp joining the specification effort. The Groovy language has evolved a lot and there's no complete specification available yet. MediumGuillaume LaforgeStandby
SecurityHelp us improving support in Groovy. We have, for example, unit tests failing periodically because of security tests (Security Manager related). No one in the team is an expert in that domain so any help would be very appreciated!Java securityMediumCédric ChampeauStandby
Groovy for Android

A lot of us would like to see Groovy run on Android. There are some technical challenges but the good news is that some hackers (Marcin Erdmann and Erik Pragt) managed to do it for Groovy 1.7. It's not production ready yet, and we would like to have, at some point, support in the Groovy distribution itself (aka, no patch required). Running Groovy is one thing, doing something with it is another, so a side project for this is definitely to make Groovy a language of choice to build Android applications. We think some projects like Griffon, for example, have a strong interest in that, by making the design of UIs much easier.


Android, JVMMediumCédric ChampeauPrototype
Groovy ConsoleThe Groovy Console is a very nice tool. However, there are several things that can be improved: syntax highlighting, especially for large scripts, which is too slow; the AST Browser which can be improved in several ways (displaying node metadata, more focused bytecode view, ...)Swing, GroovyEasy to medium In progress
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