Contributions are welcome, and they are greatly appreciated! Every little bit helps, and credit will always be given.

You can contribute in many ways:

Types of Contributions

Report Bugs

Report bugs at

If you are reporting a bug, please include:

  • Your operating system name and version.

  • Any details about your local setup that might be helpful in troubleshooting.

  • Detailed steps to reproduce the bug.

Fix Bugs

Look through the GitHub issues for bugs. Anything tagged with “bug” and “help wanted” is open to whoever wants to implement it.

Implement Features

Look through the GitHub issues for features. Anything tagged with “enhancement” and “help wanted” is open to whoever wants to implement it.

Write Documentation

rioxarray could always use more documentation, whether as part of the official rioxarray docs, in docstrings, or even on the web in blog posts, articles, and such.

Submit Feedback

The best way to send feedback is to file an issue at

If you are proposing a feature:

  • Explain in detail how it would work.

  • Keep the scope as narrow as possible, to make it easier to implement.

  • Remember that this is a volunteer-driven project, and that contributions are welcome :)

Get Started!

Ready to contribute? Here’s how to set up rioxarray for local development.

  1. Fork the rioxarray repo on GitHub.

  2. Clone your fork locally:

    $ git clone
  3. Create a python virtual environment

Using conda:

$ cd rioxarray/
$ conda env create
$ conda activate rioxarray

Using python:

$ cd rioxarray/
$ python -m venv venv
$ . venv/bin/activate
  1. Install your local copy into a virtualenv.

    $ python -m pip install -e .[all] $ python -m pip install -r requirements/dev.txt

  2. Setup pre-commit hooks:

    $ pre-commit install
  3. Create a branch for local development:

    $ git checkout -b name-of-your-bugfix-or-feature

    Now you can make your changes locally.

  4. When you’re done making changes, check that the tests pass:

    $ pytest
  5. Commit your changes and push your branch to GitHub (this should trigger pre-commit checks):

    $ git add .
    $ git commit -m "Your detailed description of your changes."
    $ git push origin name-of-your-bugfix-or-feature
  6. Submit a pull request through the GitHub website.

Running tests with docker

This assumes you have cloned the rioxarray repository and are in the base folder.

  1. Build the docker image

docker build -t rioxarray .
  1. Run the tests

docker run --rm \
    -v $PWD/test/:/app/test \
    -t rioxarray \
    'source /venv/bin/activate && python -m pytest'

Pull Request Guidelines

Before you submit a pull request, check that it meets these guidelines:

  1. The pull request should include tests.

  2. If the pull request adds functionality, the docs should be updated. Put your new functionality into a function with a docstring, and add the feature to the list in README.rst.

  3. The pull request should work for Python 3.10-3.12.


To run a subset of tests:

$ pytest test/unit/