A higher-level wrapper around the Github API. Intended for the browser.
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Github.js provides a minimal higher-level wrapper around git's plumbing commands, exposing an API for manipulating GitHub repositories on the file level. It is being developed in the context of Prose, a content editor for GitHub.


Create a Github instance.

var github = new Github({
  username: "YOU_USER",
  password: "YOUR_PASSWORD",
  auth: "basic"

Or if you prefer OAuth, it looks like this:

var github = new Github({
  token: "OAUTH_TOKEN"
  auth: "oauth"

Repository API

var repo = github.getRepo(reponame);

Retrieve all available branches (aka heads) of a repository.

repo.listBranches(function(err, branches) {


Store contents at a certain path, where files that don't yet exist are created on the fly.

repo.write('master', 'path/to/file', 'YOUR_NEW_CONTENTS', 'YOUR_COMMIT_MESSAGE', function(err) {


Not only can you can write files, you can of course read them.

repo.read('master', 'path/to/file', function(err, data) {


Move a file from A to B.

repo.move('master', 'path/to/file', 'path/to/new_file', function(err) {


Remove a file.

repo.remove('master', 'path/to/file', function(err) {


Listing all files of a repository is easy too.

repo.list('master', 'path/to/file', function(err, data) {


User API

var user = github.getUser();

List all repositories of the authenticated user.

user.repos(username, function(err, orgs) {


List organizations the autenticated user belongs to.

user.orgs(function(err, orgs) {


Show user information for a particular username. Also works for organizations.

user.show(username, function(err, user) {


List public repositories for a particular user.

user.userRepos(username, function(err, repos) {


List repositories for a particular organization. Includes private repositories if you are authorized.

user.orgRepos(orgname, function(err, repos) {



Github.js is automatically™ tested by the users of Prose. Because of that, we decided to save some time by not maintaining a test suite. Yes, you heard right. :) However, you can still consider it stable since it is used in production.

Change Log


Adds support for organizations and fixes an encoding issue.


Smart caching of latest commit sha.


Added support for OAuth.


Support for Moving and removing files.


Consider commit messages.


Initial version.