Anyone can download the source code for Open Rails and make changes to suit themselves and create a personal version.
If your changes might be useful to others, then we encourage you to submit them for inclusion into the product. We will respond to all submissions and give credit in the project record for submissions that are included.
Click here for detailed advice and instructions for contributing to Open Rails.
The Open Rails project uses Git as the versioning and revision control system for our software. Revisions are kept in a public repository at GitHub.com and can be compared, restored and merged, so that versions are safe and several developers can work independently without (too much) conflict.
From your PC, you can simply view the repository from a web browser. GitHub.com provides the GitHub Desktop program to interface between GitHub.com and your PC (for 64-bit Windows only). Other Windows programs are SourceTree and TortoiseGit and also Visual Studio includes a Git tool. See our step-by-step instructions for starting to work with Git.
The main folders in the repository are:
To compile and debug the Open Rails source code, ensure you have the following Microsoft products installed:
After you have downloaded the code:
The executable files have now been built and placed in the Program folder.
Note: When debugging you will bypass the normal start menu and must specify an activity on the command line.
On the Visual Studio menu,
The Open Rails source tree includes a number of unit and integration tests, primarily for portions of the code that deal with data processing. All code changes must pass these tests. Developers are also encouraged to write their own tests for any code that lends itself to testing.
After opening the solution in Visual Studio,
To allow many people to contribute directly to Open Rails successfully, we have a policy in place to keep tabs on where changes come from and which changes are allowed. The policy is set out in the document Contributing.md.