Contributing to Orthanc

If you find Orthanc useful and wish to contribute to its development, here are some tasks you can take in charge that would greatly help us:

  • Non-coding tasks:
    • Use Orthanc in the real life. ;)
    • Advertise about Orthanc, notably on social networks (we are active on Facebook and Twitter).
    • Answer our survey.
    • Improve and translate the Wikipedia pages about Orthanc.
    • Answer questions posted to the mailing list.
    • Provide documentation and use cases (inside the dedicated GitHub repository, via pull requests).
    • Index external contributions inside the Links.md file.
  • Maintenance tasks:
    • Report problems together with sample DICOM images and possible workarounds on the issue tracker.
    • Package Orthanc and its associated plugins for more UNIX or GNU/Linux distributions (e.g. RHEL, CentOS, openSUSE...).
    • Share your maintenance scripts or sample code inside the “Orthanc Contributed” public GitHub repository, via pull requests.
    • Improve the text of the Orthanc Book.
    • The Orthanc project will also happily accept external patches in the core of Orthanc and in its associated official plugins. Such patches can either be sent to the mailing list or via a pull request.
  • Coding tasks:
    • Interface Orthanc with other software (e.g. 3D Slicer, Matlab/Octave, Python, Horos, dicompyler...). Check the already supported frameworks.
    • Develop C/C++ plugins extending the Orthanc core. Here are some ideas of possible plugins:
    • Always remember that he recommended way of contributing to the source code of Orthanc is by creating C/C++ plugins. If the current plugin SDK is insufficient for you to develop some feature as a plugin, do not hesitate to request an extension to the Orthanc SDK on the mailing list.
  • Financial support:
    • Participate in our crowdfunding campaigns.
    • Buy commercial services:
      • Osimis provides support packages dedicated to Orthanc.
      • Currently, Osimis is the only company ensuring such corporate services according to an open-source business model, but others might show up in the future. Please warn us if your know about another such company!