ghtools: tools for interacting with the GitHub API
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A set of commandline utilities for interacting with the GitHub or GitHub Enterprise API.


ghtools is available on PyPI and can be installed using pip:

$ pip install ghtools


Simple usage:

$ eval `gh-login`
$ gh-repo alphagov/ghtools get
$ gh-org alphagov members

ghtools is not a monolithic program. Instead, it comes with a number of scripts which each perform very specific tasks. The aim is for these scripts to be composable, allowing you to pipe their data to and from other unix tools (grep, sort, uniq, python -m json.tool, etc.) in order to build up your own more complex scripts.

Currently available tools within ghtools

Command Description
gh-browse Manually browse the GitHub API by URL
gh-list-members List members of a GitHub organisation (may be removed)
gh-login Login to GitHub, generating an OAuth login token
gh-migrate-project Migrate an entire project between GitHub instances
gh-migrate-teams Migrate organisation teams between GitHub instances
gh-org Interact with organisations
gh-repo Interact with repositories
gh-status Submit commit build status to GitHub

Multiple instances

ghtools is, in particular, designed for interacting with multiple GitHub instances (i.e. as well as your company's GitHub Enterprise installation). You tell ghtools how to connect you GitHub instances using "nicknames" and environment variables. For example, here's how to login to a GitHub instance nicknamed "foo", using a custom SSL cert bundle:

$ export GITHUB_FOO_CA_BUNDLE=/usr/share/ssl/github_foo.crt
$ eval `gh-login --scope repo foo`
$ gh-repo foo:alphagov/ghtools get
$ gh-org foo:alphagov members


ghtools is released under the MIT license, a copy of which can be found in LICENSE.