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


gem install octokit



Show a user

Octokit.user "sferik"
=> #<Hashie::Mash avatar_url="" bio="" blog="" company="" created_at="2008-05-14T20:36:12Z" email="" events_url="{/privacy}" followers=662 followers_url="" following=102 following_url="{/other_user}" gists_url="{/gist_id}" gravatar_id="1f74b13f1e5c6c69cb5d7fbaabb1e2cb" hireable=false html_url="" id=10308 location="San Francisco, CA" login="sferik" name="Erik Michaels-Ober" organizations_url="" public_gists=59 public_repos=83 received_events_url="" repos_url="" starred_url="{/owner}{/repo}" subscriptions_url="" type="User" updated_at="2013-05-31T16:01:08Z" url="">


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

Octokit.repo "octokit/octokit.rb"

Octokit.repo {:username => "octokit", :name => "octokit.rb"}

Octokit.repo {:username => "octokit", :repo => "octokit.rb"}


List the commits for a repository



=> [#<Hashie::Mash author=#<Hashie::Mash avatar_url="" gravatar_id="7e19cd5486b5d6dc1ef90e671ba52ae0" id=865 login="pengwynn" url=""> commit=#<Hashie::Mash author=#<Hashie::Mash date="2012-10-31T15:17:51Z" email="" name="Wynn Netherland"> comment_count=0 committer=#<Hashie::Mash date="2012-10-31T15:17:51Z" email="" name="Wynn Netherland"> message="Fix bug with archive_link for private repo" tree=#<Hashie::Mash sha="49bf2a476aa819f29b0fc1a8805f7567f010006d" url=""> url=""> committer=#<Hashie::Mash avatar_url="" gravatar_id="7e19cd5486b5d6dc1ef90e671ba52ae0" id=865 login="pengwynn" url=""> parents=[#<Hashie::Mash sha="7a67f4b47791cb77de33e491df87cef06012c79f" url="">] sha="8db3df37fad3a021eb8036b007c718149836cb32" url="">, ... , ...]

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.

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

Requesting a specific media type

You can pass an :accept option value to request a particular media type.

Octokit.contents 'octokit/octokit.rb', :path => '', :accept => 'application/vnd.github.html'

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')

Supported Ruby Versions

This library aims to support and is [tested against][travis] the following Ruby implementations:

  • Ruby 1.8.7
  • Ruby 1.9.2
  • Ruby 1.9.3
  • Ruby 2.0.0

If something doesn't work on one of these Ruby versions, it's a bug.

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 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.


This library aims to adhere to Semantic Versioning 2.0.0. Violations of this scheme should be reported as bugs. Specifically, if a minor or patch version is released that breaks backward compatibility, that version should be immediately yanked and/or a new version should be immediately released that restores compatibility. Breaking changes to the public API will only be introduced with new major versions. As a result of this policy, you can (and should) specify a dependency on this gem using the Pessimistic Version Constraint with two digits of precision. For example:

spec.add_dependency 'octokit', '~> 1.0'

JSON dependency

Since JSON is included in 1.9 now, we no longer include it as a hard dependency. Please require it explicitly if you're running Ruby 1.8

gem 'json', '~> 1.7'


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


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


Copyright (c) 2011-2013 Wynn Netherland, Adam Stacoviak, Erik Michaels-Ober. See LICENSE for details.