Contributing a Connector implementation from out of Airbyte

Hi, wanted to confirm a couple of points about contributing a new Connector implementation from out of Airbyte.

Q1. Looking in other Connectors under GitHub - airbytehq/airbyte: Airbyte is an open-source EL(T) platform that helps you replicate your data in your warehouses, lakes and databases., most (or all?) of them are boilerplated like Copyright (c) 20XX Airbyte, Inc., all rights reserved. Are they all developed by Airbyte?

Q2. When a developer wanted to publish a Connector from out of Airbyte, where it should be? Under the Airbyte git repo, or their own repository + Dockerhub?

Q3. If a developer wanted to contribute a new Connector in the Airbyte git repo, but cannot provide any credential for testing the Connector (at least in a public manner), how should the developer do?

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Hey @dmikurube,

Thanks for the thoughtful questions. Here are some possible answers:

  1. All of the connectors are either developed by Airbyte initially or submitted by community members. We encourage all contributions to all parts of our product.

  2. If you plan on developing your own custom connector, how you choose to publish it depends on your use case. If it is for an external API, we encourage you to merge it to Airbyte (but you don’t have to). If it is for an internal API, your connector probably shouldn’t be public. You can find more info about custom connectors and how to deploy them here: https://docs.airbyte.com/operator-guides/using-custom-connectors/.

  3. At the moment, we allow new connectors to be published and merged into Airbyte as long as there is proof that our suite of acceptance tests are passing successfully on the contributor’s local branch. You should always feel free to contribute new connectors to Airbyte!

Hope this answers all of your questions. Thanks for using AIrbyte. Feel free to post more questions here in the forums.

Thanks for your response, @sajarin!

Then, even connectors that were originally submitted by community members now have the boilerplates with Copyright (c) 20XX Airbyte, Inc., all rights reserved? Are they copyrighted by Airbyte?

In other words, do contributors have to present its “copyright” to Airbyte?

Yeah, my connector would use a public API, but I wondered if it could be merged into the Airbyte repo because of the questsion 3 below.

Then, IIUC, it would be acceptable to merge if my connector is tested only on my airbyte fork with my secret credential (stored only on my private GitHub Secrets), right?