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This document is a reference manual for everyone working on Debian development, whether new or old to the project.

  • This manual describes procedures and resources for Debian maintainers. It describes how to handle our bug tracking system, the mailing lists, how to become a project member, our upload procedures, translations, etc.


Debian Developer (DD) is our name for a Debian project member. Many Debian Developers work on packaging software for Debian, but others contribute to the project's work in many different ways, such as by working as translators. All types of contribution are very welcome.

Each applicant can choose whether they want to go through the packaging-related parts of the Debian New Member process and gain rights to upload packages to the Debian archive.

Becoming a Debian Developer

People who want to become a Debian Developer can apply through the Debian New Member process. More details of this process are given below.

Each individual application process is conducted by an existing Debian Developer who acts as Application Manager. (At present, Debian Developers can apply to become Application Managers after six months as project members.)


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The Process of Becoming a Debian Developer

Steps required to become a project member, or Debian Developer

Step 1: Application

First read the Applicant's Checklist and the application page.

Before applying to the Debian New Member process :

Advocating a Debian Project Member

Every application to become a Debian Developer must be advocated by an existing Debian Developer who is familiar with the applicant's work, and who believes that he/she is of a suitable standard both technically and socially.

Step 2: Work with the Application Manager

Once your application has been accepted you must wait to be assigned an Application Manager. The Application Manager will:

If you want to gain unrestricted rights to upload packages to the Debian archive, then you will also have to answer questions about packaging in the Philosophy and Procedures and the Tasks and Skills parts, or to have existing packaging contributions that demonstrate your mastery of the relevant topics. Normally the Application Manager will need to ask questions about at least a few topics to see if you have read the required documentation.

Step 3: Account creation

Once the Application Manager agrees that you are ready to become a Debian Developer and submits a report, you should carry on with your current Debian work while you wait for:



As a DD (i.e. a Debian Member) you're eligible to several benefits, including special discounts for some services.

Mailing lists


Information about Debian Developers