Teaching basic lab skills
for research computing

Our Lessons

A Software Carpentry workshop is taught by at least one trained and badged instructor. Over the course of the workshop, instructors teach our three core topics: the Unix shell, version control with Git, and a programming language (Python or R). Curricula for these lessons in English and Spanish (select lessons only) are below.

You may also enjoy Data Carpentry's lessons (which focus on data organization, cleanup, analysis, and visualization) and Library Carpentry's lessons (which apply concepts of software development and data science to library contexts).

Please contact us with any general questions.


Our lessons are developed collaboratively on GitHub. You can check the status of each lesson on our dashboard. Our Curriculum Advisors are part of a team that provides the oversight, vision, and leadership towards lesson development.


All of our lessons are freely available under the Creative Commons - Attribution License. You may re-use and re-mix the material in any way you wish, without asking permission, provided you cite us as the original source (e.g., provide a link back to this website).


If you have questions about contributing to our lessons, visit each lesson's GitHub repo to submit an issue or to get the link to join that lesson's Maintainers' discussion on Slack. For general information on how to contribute to our lessons, see our contributors guide. To learn more about how our lessons are structured, and why, please see the Workbench documentation and resources page.

Our Core Lessons in English

Lesson Site Repository Reference Instructor Notes Maintainer(s)
The Unix Shell Gerard Capes, Jacob Deppen, Benson Muite
Version Control with Git Erin Graham, Katherine Koziar, Martino Sorbaro
Programming with Python Indraneel Chakraborty, Toan Phung, Alberto Villagran
Plotting and Programming in Python Allen Lee, Sourav Singh, Olav Vahtras
Programming with R Rohit Goswami, Hugo Gruson, Isaac Jennings
R for Reproducible Scientific Analysis Matthieu Bruneaux, Sehrish Kanwal, Naupaka Zimmerman

Our Core Lessons in Spanish

Lección Sitio web Repositorio Referencias Notas para Instructoras/es Reponsable(s) del mantenimiento
La Terminal de Unix Verónica Jiménez, Clara Llebot, Heladia Salgado
Control de versiones con Git Jean-Paul Courneya, Clara Llebot, Mariana Patricia Gomez Nicolas
R para Análisis Científicos Reproducibles Verónica Jiménez, Heladia Salgado, Nelly Sélem

La plantilla de la lección y la plantilla del taller están disponibles en español. Si estás interesade en participar en nuestra lección en español, contáctanos.

Additional Lessons

These lessons are not part of Software Carpentry core lessons but can be offered as supplementary lessons. Please contact us for more information.

Lesson Site Repository Reference Instructor Notes Maintainer(s)
Automation and Make Gerard Capes
Programming with MATLAB We are looking for maintainers for this lesson. Please contact curriculum@carpentries.org if you are interested.
Using Databases and SQL Henry Senyondo

Community Developed Lessons

The Carpentries also shares The Carpentries Community Developed Lessons. This includes The Carpentries Incubator (lessons under development and seeking peer review), and The CarpentriesLab (lessons that have been vetted by The Carpentries but are not part of our standard offerings).