Sponsored maintainers are people who maintain packages in the Debian archive without having any upload rights. The packages are uploaded by a sponsor.

After a while, a sponsored maintainer can become a Debian Maintainer.


Anyone can create a package for Debian on their computer.

if you want to help Debian you can become a sponsored maintainer.

Becoming a sponsored maintainer

After these steps you will be a sponsored maintainer.

Step 1: Learn to create a package

You have read the Documentation.

You know that you can join a team.

You have found an interesting package

Step 2: find a sponsor

You have created an account on

You have uploaded your package on (read more)

You can use Salsa for your package.

A sponsor has helped you with it.

Once your package is in Debian, you are a maintainer who has been sponsored.