Generate visualizations of GitHub user and repository statistics using GitHub Actions.
This project is currently a work-in-progress; there will always be more interesting stats to display.
When someone views a profile on GitHub, it is often because they are curious about a user's open source projects and contributions. Unfortunately, that user's stars, forks, and pinned repositories do not necessarily reflect the contributions they make to private repositories. The data likewise does not present a complete picture of the user's total contributions beyond the current year.
This project aims to collect a variety of profile and repository statistics using the GitHub API. It then generates images that can be displayed in repository READMEs, or in a user's Profile README.
Since the project runs on GitHub Actions, no server is required to regularly regenerate the images with updated statistics. Likewise, since the user runs the analysis code themselves via GitHub Actions, they can use their GitHub access token to collect statistics on private repositories that an external service would be unable to access.
If the project is used with an access token that has sufficient permissions to
read private repositories, it may leak details about those repositories in
error messages. For example, the
aiohttp library—used for asynchronous API
requests—may include the requested URL in exceptions, which can leak the name
of private repositories. If there is an exception caused by
exception will be viewable in the Actions tab of the repository fork, and
anyone may be able to see the name of one or more private repositories.
Due to some issues with the GitHub statistics API, there are some situations where it returns inaccurate results. Specifically, the repository view count statistics and total lines of code modified are probably somewhat inaccurate. Unexpectedly, these values will become more accurate over time as GitHub caches statistics for your repositories. For more information, see issue #2 and #3.
- Create a personal access token (not the default GitHub Actions token) using
Personal access token must have permissions:
repo. Copy the access token when it is generated – if you lose it, you will have to regenerate the token.
- Fork the repository.
- Go to the "Settings" tab of the fork and go to the "Secrets" page (bottom
left). Create a new secret with the name
ACCESS_TOKENand paste the copied personal access token as the value.
- Go to the "Actions" tab of the fork and hit the big green button to enable Actions.
- If you want to ignore certain repos, add them (separated by commas) to a new
secret—created as before—called
- Commit a small change to the repo (for example remove a newline from the end
of the README) to force it to regenerate the stats images. The first time
that it generates the stats images, it may take a
verylong time. It does not generally take as long as the first time when it runs in the future.
- Check out the images that have been created in the
- Link back to this repository so that others can generate their own statistics images.
- Star this repo if you like it!