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Customize the Polar Badge

Epic! Polar is now installed across your chosen GitHub repositories and you've been redirected back to Polar. We're at the last - required - step: Customize the Polar Badge settings for your repositories.

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Users stumble upon impactful & relevant issues to them. Usually, they would hammer the 👍 and perhaps even write a "+1" comment. But now, they also see that they can do more; they can collectively pool funding towards it to support you and your contributors in your efforts to complete it.

  • Beautiful & non-intrusive SVG
  • Promotes funding - link to Polar pledge page for given issue
  • Embeddad at the end of the GitHub issue description
  • Seamlessly integrated with GitHub vs. creating noise in issue threads via comments
  • Updates automatically to show funding progress & backers
  • Promote an allocated reward to potential contributors - a percentage of funding (optional)

Checkout an example on a GitHub issue: SerenityOS/serenity#22179

Let's get this beaut setup for you.


Once you've installed the Polar GitHub App you'll be redirected back to Polar and the screen below. Let's go through it - together.

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Badge Settings

Markdown description

Custom markdown text to be inserted before the Polar Badge. Great way to offer additional and personal context. We offer a default suggestion, but you can easily edit it and even remove it entirely.

Minimum funding amount

The minimum amount required for funding by individual backers (default is $20)

Public rewards

Enable & promote a default percentage split of the funding pool with potential contributors who help squash an issue.


Missing something? We'd love to chat and improve the product based on your feedback!

You can submit a feature request via GitHub (we're building open source). You're also more than welcome to join our Discord. Relevant links

Embed Settings

So we have our badge setup & ready - amazing! Let's configure how we want to embed it for each repository.

Manual: Issues by Label

This is the default setting and a great way to try things out. You then have complete control of which issues you want to embed the Polar Badge on using the label Fund (case insensitive).

  • You can label via GitHub directly and see the badge embedded within seconds
  • You can label & badge an issue with one-click through the Polar dashboard

Automated: All Issues

Ok, you're loving it. Let's unleash it across all issues to promote funding to our community and let them help vote & fund the most impactful efforts. Combined with using rewards to distribute it across your contributors. Just like tRPC has.

  • All will ensure all future issues are badged automatically & directly upon creation

  • You'll get the option to badge all existing - open - issues too. However, for safety, we show how many issues would be updated and require you to explicitly confirm & trigger this action.

How GitHub issue ordering is affected by multiple updates

Since we update the issues to embed the Polar Badge the issues will get an updated modified_at timestamp.

By default, GitHub issues is sorted by created_at so it's not impacted unless you specifically sort by modified_at.

However, when & if you select to badge all existing - open - issues, we do so in a batch and in reverse chronological modified_at order. So that even though we update them we do so in a way that should retain their previous order. We cannot promise, however, that it will guaranteed.

Next Step

You're now officially done with the maintainer onboarding 🎉 Go ahead and badge all the issues you want & checkout how you can promote it further for a higher chance of success.

We're honored to have you onboard! Don't hesitate to reach out and share how we can improve at any point. We have ambitious plans & a lot of exciting features in store.