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Pulldasher is self-hosted to-do list for GitHub repositories. Pulldasher tracks your pull requests and displays them according to their current state. It sports a flexible template system, allowing you to customize it extensively without touching the core code.


Pulldasher is written primarily in JavaScript, using Node.js. See the package.json and bower.json files for more on the front- and back-end dependencies, respectively.

To run Pulldasher, you'll need MySQL as well as Node. MySQL is used for statistics-gathering and some sorting and filtering.

Getting Started

Run a MySQL Container

  1. docker run --name="test-mysql" -e "MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD=mypassword" -d mysql
    • If you leave the root password as mypassword, DO NOT MAKE THIS CONTAINER ACCESSIBLE FROM THE INTERNET.

Preparing Pulldasher

  1. git clone
  2. cd pulldasher
  3. cp config.example.js config.js
  4. $EDITOR config.js
    • Use your favorite editor in place of $EDITOR
    • Edit the config.js file to reference correct URLs and above MySQL DB
  5. docker build -t pulldasher .

Running Pulldasher

  1. docker run --name="test-pulldasher" --publish 8080:8080 -d pulldasher


Pulldasher is driven by tags in pull requests and pull comments. Normally, it assumes that two code review and one quality assurance signoff will be required per pull. This can be adjusted on a per-pull basis by using the cr_req and qa_req tags in a pull description. For example, if you write a pull that touches some really dangerous code, you might add the cr_req 3 and qa_req 2 tags to it, requiring three CR signoffs and two QA signoffs before the pull is considered ready. Conversely, if a pull only touches test code, you might put only qa_req 0 on it to say that it doesn't need to be QAed, since it should break tests if there's anything wrong with it.

When you CR a pull, add a comment to it with CR :emoji: in it. (emoji is simply a word or words between colons; we often use GitHub emoji, which follow this format.) This comment is considered a signoff. Pulldasher will update the pull's display to indicate that one of the required CRs is completed. Similarly, when you QA a pull, add a comment containing QA :emoji:, and the number of QA signoffs will increase.

Feature Details

CR Leaders/QA Leaders

The lists of CR Leaders and QA Leaders at the top of Pulldasher are displays of the number of signoffs by each person in each category which are currently visible on Pulldasher. They do not take into account merged or closed pulls. They can be fun to see who’s been doing a lot of CR recently, and they can be helpful in balancing the number of CRs you’re doing versus everyone else.

Dark Mode

Pulldasher supports a dark mode! See the button on the upper-right.

Magic Features

There's a couple features which aren't exposed clearly through the UI:

Hover Copy

If you hover over a pull request, you can use Ctrl-C (Command-C on Mac) to copy the branch name of the pull to your clipboard.

Filter Parameters

Two query string parameters are available to filter the displayed pulls:

  1. assigned: Providing a comma-separated list of usernames to the assigned parameter will filter the pulls to only those assigned to those users.


  2. milestone: Providing a comma-separated list of milestones to the milestone parameter will filter the pulls to only those on the specified milestones.



When first started, the Pulldasher server fetches information about the current pulls in the repo from GitHub. It then monitors GitHub hooks for updated information on the current pulls. When a client connects initially, the server authenticates it and then (assuming it passes) sends it a data dump of the active pulls. The main filtering and sorting of pulls takes place on the client side.



Pulldasher is designed to be customizable through the files in the views/ directory. See the README there for the full details.


Signatures are customizable through config.js.

The defaults are

# Give a code review or quality assurance signoff.
CR :emoji:
QA :emoji:

# Mark a pull as blocked and in need of development work.
dev_block :emoji:
un_dev_block :emoji:

# Mark a pull as blocked on deployment once all signoff requirements are met.
deploy_block :emoji:
un_deploy_block :emoji:

However, signatures can be also specified by a regular expression.

If your team's convention is to say LGTM :code: or Tested <QA>, you can specify the QA and CR signatures to be

// From config.js
   name: 'CR',
   regex: /\bLGTM :code:\b/i
   name: 'QA',
   regex: /\bTested <QA>\b/i


Pulldasher is released under the MIT License.

Developing Pulldasher

React UI

There's a new React UI under development. It lives in /frontend/


A dashboard for github pull-requests that keeps itself up-to-date




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