Crawling github data
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Crawling github data for



  1. Make sure redis is installed and running on default port
  2. Register github token and set it into GH_TOKEN environment variable.
  3. Install the crawler:
git clone
cd ghcrawl
npm i

Now we are ready to index.

Find all users with more than 2 followers

This will use a search API and will go through all users on GitHub who have more than two followers. At the moment there are more than 400k users.

Each search request can return up to 100 records per page, which gives us 400,000 / 100 = 4,000 requests to make. Search API is rate limited at 30 requests per minute. Which means the indexing will take 4,000/30 = 133 - more than two hours:

node findUsersWithFollowers.js

Find all followers

Now that we have all users who have more than two followers, let's index those followers. Bad news we will have to make one request per user. Good news, rate limit is 5,000 requests per hour, which gives us estimated amount of work: 400,000/5,000 = 80 - more than 80 hours of work:

node indexUserFollowers.js

Time to get the graph

Now that we have all users indexed, we can construct the graph:

node makeFollowersGraph.js >


Convert graph to binary format:

node --max-old-space-size=4096 ./toBinary.js

Then use ngraph.native for faster graph layout.