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Awesome Autocomplete for GitHub

By working every day on building the best search engine, we've become obsessed with our own search experience on the websites and mobile applications we use. GitHub is quite big for us, we use their search bar every day but it was not optimal for our needs: so we just re-built Github's search the way we thought it should be and we now share it with the community via this Chrome, Firefox and Safari extensions.

Algolia provides a developer-friendly SaaS API for database search. It enables any website or mobile application to easily provide its end-users with an instant and relevant search. With Algolia's unique find as you type experience, users can find what they're looking for in just a few keystrokes. Feel free to give Algolia a try with our 14-days FREE trial at Algolia.

At Algolia, we're git addicts and love using GitHub to store every single idea or project we work on. We use it both for our private and public repositories (12 API clients, DocSearch, HN Search or various d e m o).


Install it from the stores:

chrome firefox safari


This extension replaces GitHub's search bar and add auto-completion (instant-search & suggestion) capabilities on:

  • top public repositories
  • last active users
  • your private repositories
    • default is without Algolia: done locally in your browser using vanilla JS search
    • ability to use Algolia (typo-tolerant & relevance improved) through a "Connect with GitHub" (oauth2)
  • your issues
    • only available if you choose to "Connect with GitHub"

Algolia GitHub Awesome Autocomplete

From version 1.6.0, you can now also find GitHub repositories directly from the address bar, by typing aa<space>.

find GitHub repositories from the address bar

Address bar autocompletion does not work on Safari.

How does it work?


Are my private repositories sent somewhere?

By default your list of private repositories remains in your local storage. You can allow us to crawl your private repositories with a "Connect with GitHub" (oauth2) action. Your private repositories are then stored securely in our index and only you will be able to search them.

My private repository is not searchable, what can I do?

You need to refresh your local list of private repositories:




$ git clone

# in case you don't have Grunt yet
$ sudo npm install -g grunt-cli

Build instructions

$ cd chrome-awesome-autocomplete

# install dependencies
$ npm install

# generate your private key (required for Chrome)
$ openssl genrsa 2048 | openssl pkcs8 -topk8 -nocrypt > mykey.pem

# build it
$ grunt

When developing, write unit-tests, use dev Grunt task to check that your JS code passes linting tests and unit-tests.

When ready to try out the extension in the browser, use default Grunt task to build it. In build directory you'll find develop version of the extension in unpacked-dev subdirectory (with source maps), and production (uglified) version in unpacked-prod directory.


The .crx packed version is created from unpacked-prod sources.


The .zip archive is created from build/firefox-unpacked-prod.


The safariextz archive is created from Safari.

Grunt tasks

  • clean: clean build directory
  • test: JS-lint and mocha test, single run
  • dev: continuous test loop
  • default: clean, test, build step (copy all necessary files to build directory, browserify JS sources, prepare production version (using uglify), pack the crx and xpi


All publishing instructions can be found in the file.