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Github Integration Pack

Pack which allows integration with Github.


Copy the example configuration in github.yaml.example to /opt/stackstorm/configs/github.yaml and edit as required.

It must contain:

  • token - Authentication token. Note: token only needs to be specified for actions such as add_comment and add_status which require authentication. If you use get_issue action only with public repositories, then token doesn't need to be specified.
  • repository_sensor.repositories - A list of repositories to monitor. Each item needs to contain the following keys: user - user or organization the repository you want to monitor belongs to and name - name of the repository you want to monitor.
  • repository_sensor.event_type_whitelist - List of whitelisted events to listen for.
  • user - GitHub Username (only for use with get_traffic_stats and get_clone_stats actions).
  • password - GitHub Password (only for use with get_traffic_stats and get_clone_stats actions).

Keep in mind that even though actions which operate on public repositories don't require an authentication token, you are still encouraged to supply one because unauthenticated requests have a very low rate limit.

Note : When modifying the configuration in /opt/stackstorm/configs/ please remember to tell StackStorm to load these new values by running st2ctl reload --register-configs

Obtaining an Authentication Token

To obtain an authentication token, follow the instructions on the Creating an access token for command-line use page.



This sensor monitors Github repository for activity and dispatches a trigger for each repository event.

Note that current default poll interval requires authentication because of GitHub rate-limiting for unauthenticated requests.

Currently supported event types:

  • IssuesEvent - Triggered when an issue is assigned, unassigned, labeled, unlabeled, closed, or reopened.
  • IssueCommentEvent - Triggered when an issue comment is created.
  • ForkEvent - Triggered when a user forks a repository.
  • WatchEvent - Triggered when a user stars a repository.
  • ReleaseEvent - Triggered when new release is available.
  • PushEvent - Triggered when a repository branch is pushed to. In addition to branch pushes, webhook push events are also triggered when repository tags are pushed.

Note : The sensor will only listen events for the github_type you chosen in config.yaml

github.repository_event trigger

Example trigger payload:

    "repository": "st2",
    "id": "2482918921",
    "type": "WatchEvent",
    "created_at": "2014-12-25T11:47:27.000000Z",
    "actor": {
        "bio": null,
        "name": null,
        "url": "",
        "id": 483157,
        "loaction": null,
        "email": "redacted"
    "payload": {
        "action": "started"

All the events contain repository, id, created_at, actor and payload attribute.

Value of the payload attribute depends on the event type. You can see a list of the available event types and their attributes on the Event Types & Payloads page.

Note: Similar thing can be achieved using Github webhooks in combination with StackStorm webhook handler.


  • add_comment - Add comment to the provided issue / pull request.
  • add_status - Add commit status to the provided commit.
  • create_file - Create new file.
  • create_issue - Create a new issue.
  • create_pull - Create a new Pull Request.
  • delete_branch_protection - Remove branch protection settings.
  • get_branch_protection - Get branch protection settings.
  • get_contents - Get repository or file contents.
  • get_issue - Retrieve information about a particular issue. Note: You only need to specify authentication token in the config if you use this action with a private repository.
  • list_issues - List all the issues for a particular repo (includes pull requests since pull requests are just a special type of issues).
  • list_pulls - List all pull requests for a particular repo.
  • merge_pull - Merge the provided pull request.
  • review_pull - Create a review for the provided pull request.
  • update_branch_protection - Update branch protection settings.
  • update_file - Update existing file.



To enable this rule, run the following on the CLI (with a valid ST2 auth token):

st2 rule enable github.deploy_pack_on_deployment_event

Then you should add a web hook in github sending deployment events to the following URL:


By default the enviroment is set to production, you can change this in your own github.yaml.

You can then create a deployment via ChatOps with the following command:

@hubot github deployment create me/my_st2_pack description Lets get the feature to production


  • You need to have logged an OAuth key with StackStorm (via github.store_oauth_token).
  • If using with your ST2 server needs to be contactable via the internet!
  • Deployment Statuses will be logged as the creating user in GitHub.
  • With StackStorm v2.1+ you should be able to deploy tags.
  • Certain branch protection attributes are not supported by current Python GitHub module.