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 Github's API. It was concieved in the context of Prose, a content editor for GitHub.

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Github.js is available from npm or unpkg.

npm install github-api
<!-- just github-api source (5.3kb) -->
<script src="https://unpkg.com/github-api/dist/GitHub.min.js"></script>

<!-- standalone (20.3kb) -->
<script src="https://unpkg.com/github-api/dist/GitHub.bundle.min.js"></script>

## Compatibility Github.js is tested on Node:

  • 6.x
  • 5.x
  • 4.x
  • 0.12

GitHub Tools

The team behind Github.js has created a whole organization, called GitHub Tools, dedicated to GitHub and its API. In the near future this repository could be moved under the GitHub Tools organization as well. In the meantime, we recommend you to take a look at other projects of the organization.


   Data can be retrieved from the API either using callbacks (as in versions < 1.0)
   or using a new promise-based API. For now the promise-based API just returns the
   raw HTTP request promise; this might change in the next version.
import GitHub from 'github-api';

// unauthenticated client
const gh = new GitHub();
let gist = gh.getGist(); // not a gist yet
   public: true,
   description: 'My first gist',
   files: {
      "file1.txt": {
         content: "Aren't gists great!"
}).then(function({data}) {
   // Promises!
   let gistJson = data;
   gist.read(function(err, gist, xhr) {
      // if no error occurred then err == null

      // gistJson === httpResponse.data

      // xhr === httpResponse
import GitHub from 'github-api';

// basic auth
const gh = new GitHub({
   username: 'FOO',
   password: 'NotFoo'

const me = gh.getUser();
me.listNotifications(function(err, notifications) {
   // do some stuff

const clayreimann = gh.getUser('clayreimann');
   .then(function({data: reposJson}) {
      // do stuff with reposJson
var GitHub = require('github-api');

// token auth
var gh = new GitHub({
   token: 'MY_OAUTH_TOKEN'

var yahoo = gh.getOrganization('yahoo');
yahoo.listRepos(function(err, repos) {
   // look at all the repos!