ArduPilot Developer Code of Conduct

Rev 1.0 Jan 2nd 2018

Our Aim

ArduPilot aims to enable the creation and use of trusted, autonomous, unmanned vehicle systems for the peaceful benefit of all.

Our Team

The ArduPilot team is global. It consists of the Development Team plus many contributors, from many fields and many places. By choosing to be part of the ArduPilot Development Team, you choose to accept this Code of Conduct.

Our Pledge

In the interest of fostering an open and welcoming environment, we as developers and maintainers pledge to:

  • Endeavour to make participation in our project and our community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, level of experience, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation.

  • Endeavour to understand the intent of development activities they undertake, where there may be reason to think that the vehicle may be used as a weapon or in an application where it is effectively in control of human life.

  • Not knowingly support or facilitate the weaponization of systems using ArduPilot

  • ArduPilot is NOT certified for use in applications where ArduPilot is effectively in control of human lives. Members of the development team must not knowingly assist in projects where ArduPilot will be in control of human lives. “In control of human lives” includes but isn’t limited to manned aircraft.

Our Standards

Examples of behavior that contributes to achieving the aims of ArduPilot include:

  • Using welcoming and inclusive language

  • Being respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences

  • Gracefully accepting constructive criticism

  • Focusing on what is best for the community

  • Showing empathy towards other community members

Examples of unacceptable behavior by contributors include:

  • The use of sexualized language or imagery and unwelcome sexual attention or advances

  • Trolling, insulting/derogatory comments, and personal or political attacks

  • Public or private harassment

  • Publishing others’ private information, such as a physical or electronic address, without explicit permission

  • Modifying ArduPilot code to intentionally support weaponization

  • Knowingly designing, testing or using weaponized systems running ArduPilot

  • Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a public or professional setting

Our Responsibilities

Project maintainers are responsible for clarifying the standards of acceptable behavior and are expected to take appropriate and fair corrective action in response to any instances of unacceptable behavior.

Project maintainers have the right and responsibility to remove, edit, or reject comments, commits, code, wiki edits, issues, and other contributions that are not aligned to this Code of Conduct, or to ban temporarily or permanently any contributor for other behaviors that they deem inappropriate, threatening, offensive, or harmful.


This Code of Conduct applies both within project spaces and in public spaces when an individual is representing the ArduPilot project or its community. Examples of representing the ArduPilot project or community include using an official project e-mail address, posting via an official social media account, or acting as an appointed representative at an online or offline event. Representation of the ArduPilot project may be further defined and clarified by project maintainers.

In addition, the rules regarding weaponization and manned vehicles using ArduPilot apply regardless of whether you are representing the ArduPilot project at the time.


Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior, and other actions not consistent with this Code of Conduct may be reported by contacting the project team at All complaints will be reviewed and investigated and will result in a response that is deemed necessary and appropriate to the circumstances. The project team is obligated to maintain confidentiality with regard to the reporter of an incident. Further details of specific enforcement policies may be posted separately. Project maintainers who do not follow or enforce the Code of Conduct in good faith may face temporary or permanent repercussions as determined by other members of the project’s leadership team.


This Code of Conduct is adapted from the Contributor Covenant, version 1.4, available at