Simple Ruby wrapper for the GitHub v3 API
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Simple Ruby wrapper for the GitHub v3 API.


gem install octokit



Show a user

=> <#Hashie::Rash blog="" company="Code for America" created_at="2008/05/14 13:36:12 -0700" email="" followers_count=177 following_count=83 gravatar_id="1f74b13f1e5c6c69cb5d7fbaabb1e2cb" id=10308 location="San Francisco" login="sferik" name="Erik Michaels-Ober" permission=nil public_gist_count=16 public_repo_count=30 type="User">

Show who a user follows

=> ["rails", "puls", "wycats", "dhh", "jm3", "joshsusser", "nkallen", "technoweenie", "blaine", "al3x", "defunkt", "schacon", "bmizerany", "rtomayko", "jpr5", "lholden", "140proof", "ephramzerb", "carlhuda", "carllerche", "jnunemaker", "josh", "hoverbird", "jamiew", "jeremyevans", "brynary", "mojodna", "mojombo", "joshbuddy", "igrigorik", "perplexes", "joearasin", "hassox", "nickmarden", "pengwynn", "mmcgrana", "reddavis", "reinh", "mzsanford", "aanand", "pjhyett", "kneath", "tekkub", "adamstac", "timtrueman", "aaronblohowiak", "josevalim", "kaapa", "hurrycane", "jackdempsey", "drogus", "cameronpriest", "danmelton", "marcel", "r", "atmos", "mbleigh", "isaacs", "maxogden", "codeforamerica", "chadk", "laserlemon", "gruber", "lsegal", "bblimke", "wayneeseguin", "brixen", "dkubb", "bhb", "bcardarella", "elliottcable", "fbjork", "mlightner", "dianakimball", "amerine", "danchoi", "develop", "dmfrancisco", "unruthless", "trotter", "hannestyden", "codahale", "ry"]


For convenience, methods that require a repository argument may be passed in any of the following forms:

# String

# Hash
Octokit.repo({:username => "pengwynn", :name => "octokit"})

# or
Octokit.repo({:username => "pengwynn", :repo => "octokit"})

# Instance of Repository

=> <#Hashie::Rash created_at="2009/12/10 13:41:49 -0800" description="Simple Ruby wrapper for the GitHub API and feeds" fork=false forks=25 has_downloads=true has_issues=true has_wiki=true homepage="" integrate_branch="master" language="Ruby" name="octokit" open_issues=8 owner="pengwynn" private=false pushed_at="2011/05/05 10:48:57 -0700" size=1804 url="" watchers=92>

Authenticated Requests

For methods that require authentication, you'll need to setup a client with your login and password.

client = => "me", :password => "sekret")

Alternately, you can authenticate with a GitHub OAuth2 token. Note: this is NOT the GitHub API token on your account page.

client = => "me", :oauth_token => "oauth2token")

Rate Limiting and Conditional Requests

GitHub limits API requests to 5000 per hour.

client = => "me", :oauth_token => "oauth2token")
client.ratelimit_remaining  # 5000
client.ratelimit_remaining  # 4999

You can make conditional requests which will only return data to you if there have been changes since your last request. Pass either the since or etag option to any API call to perform a conditional request, and immediately after the request is complete the client will have the attributes last_modified and etag populated to be used for the next identical API call.

client = Octokit::Client(:login => "me", :oauth_token => "oauth2token")
client.ratelimit_remaining                    # 5000
client.repositories                           # (Returns an array of repositories)
client.ratelimit_remaining                    # 4999
repos_last_modified = client.last_modified

              :since => repos_last_modified)  # nil
client.ratelimit_remaining                    # 4999

Using with GitHub Enterprise

To use with GitHub Enterprise, you'll need to set the API and web endpoints before instantiating a client.

Octokit.configure do |c|
  c.api_endpoint = ''
  c.web_endpoint = ''

@client = => 'USERNAME', :password => 'PASSWORD')

Submitting a Pull Request

  1. Fork the repository.
  2. Create a topic branch.
  3. Add specs for your unimplemented feature or bug fix.
  4. Run bundle exec rake spec. If your specs pass, return to step 3.
  5. Implement your feature or bug fix.
  6. Run bundle exec rake spec. If your specs fail, return to step 5.
  7. Run open coverage/index.html. If your changes are not completely covered by your tests, return to step 3.
  8. Add documentation for your feature or bug fix.
  9. Run bundle exec rake doc:yard. If your changes are not 100% documented, go back to step 8.
  10. Add, commit, and push your changes.
  11. Submit a pull request.

Supported Ruby Versions

This library aims to support and is tested against the following Ruby versions:

  • Ruby 1.8.7
  • Ruby 1.9.2
  • Ruby 1.9.3

This library may inadvertently work (or seem to work) on other Ruby implementations, however support will only be provided for the versions listed above.

If you would like this library to support another Ruby version, you may volunteer to be a maintainer. Being a maintainer entails making sure all tests run and pass on that implementation. When something breaks on your implementation, you will be personally responsible for providing patches in a timely fashion. If critical issues for a particular implementation exist at the time of a major release, support for that Ruby version may be dropped.


Octokit was initially created by Wynn Netherland and Adam Stacoviak but has turned into a true community effort. Special thanks to the following core contributors:


Octokit was inspired by Octopi and aims to be a lightweight, less-ActiveResourcey alternative.


Copyright (c) 2011 Wynn Netherland, Adam Stacoviak, Erik Michaels-Ober. See LICENSE for details.