Contributing to the Xilinx Video SDK

Thank you for your interest in contributing to the Xilinx Video SDK project. Whether it’s a bug report, new feature, correction, or additional documentation, we greatly value feedback and contributions from our community.

  • You can report bugs and feature requests

  • You can send patches to update the documentation, the tutorials and the examples included in the in the Xilinx Video SDK

  • You can send patches which add new features or fix bugs to the various packages included in the Xilinx Video SDK

Reporting Bugs and Feature Requests

Please use the GitHub issue tracker to report bugs or suggest features.

When filing an issue, please check existing open, or recently closed, issues to make sure somebody else hasn’t already reported the issue. Please try to include as much information as you can. Details like these are incredibly useful:

  • A reproducible test case or series of steps

  • The version of the Xilinx Video SDK which is being used

  • Output of xbutil examine

  • Any modifications you’ve made relevant to the bug

  • Anything unusual about your environment or deployment

Contributing via Pull Requests

Please use GitHub Pull Requests (PR) for sending code contributions. When sending code, sign your work as described below. Be sure to use the same license for your contributions as the current license of the Xilinx Video SDK component you are contributing to.

General Guidelines

Contributions via pull requests are much appreciated. Before sending us a pull request, please follow these general guidelines:

  • Check existing open, and recently merged, pull requests to make sure someone else hasn’t addressed the problem already

  • The .rst source code for the HTML documentation is maintained on the gh-pages branch of the repository

  • If editing the documentation, build the HTML output (as explained in the README.rst of the gh-pages branch)

  • Open an issue to discuss any significant work

  • Focus on the specific change you are contributing. If you also reformat all the code, it will be hard for us to focus on your change

  • Commit to your fork using clear commit messages

  • Sign your work as described below

Sign Your Work

Please use the Signed-off-by line at the end of your patch which indicates that you accept the Developer Certificate of Origin (DCO) defined by reproduced below:

Developer Certificate of Origin
Version 1.1

Copyright (C) 2004, 2006 The Linux Foundation and its contributors.
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Suite D4700
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Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this
license document, but changing it is not allowed.

Developer's Certificate of Origin 1.1

By making a contribution to this project, I certify that:

(a) The contribution was created in whole or in part by me and I
    have the right to submit it under the open source license
    indicated in the file; or

(b) The contribution is based upon previous work that, to the best
    of my knowledge, is covered under an appropriate open source
    license and I have the right under that license to submit that
    work with modifications, whether created in whole or in part
    by me, under the same open source license (unless I am
    permitted to submit under a different license), as indicated
    in the file; or

(c) The contribution was provided directly to me by some other
    person who certified (a), (b) or (c) and I have not modified

(d) I understand and agree that this project and the contribution
    are public and that a record of the contribution (including all
    personal information I submit with it, including my sign-off) is
    maintained indefinitely and may be redistributed consistent with
    this project or the open source license(s) involved.

Here is an example Signed-off-by line which indicates that the contributor accepts DCO:

This is my commit message

Signed-off-by: Jane Doe <>

Code License

All Xilinx Video SDK code is licensed under the terms of the license ( Your contribution will be accepted under the same license of the Xilinx Video SDK component which you are contributing to.