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This library provides Ruby object access to the GitHub v3 API. It's designed to play friendly with web apps that use OAuth2 via GitHub and need to access github repositories without needing to configure or store a specific user's GitHub credentials in the application itself.

CLI Testing

Because this library requires an OAuth2 access token from GitHub, you will need to obtain such a token in order to do command-line testing of the library via IRB. The source for this gem includes a simple sinatra web application that can get an access token for you. You will need to create a GitHub application first by visiting For the URL and Callback URL options, enter localhost:4567 and localhost:4567/auth/github/callback respectively (include “http://” in front of both; RDoc formatting seems to strip that bit out of the rendered documentation.) After creating the application, your client ID and client secret will be displayed, and you will use those values to run the script.

Then just run:


and point your web browser at localhost:4567. You will be prompted to authorize your app at GitHub. If you allow it, you will then be presented with an access token that you can then copy and paste in where needed.

Contributing to github-v3-api

  • Check out the latest master to make sure the feature hasn't been implemented or the bug hasn't been fixed yet

  • Check out the issue tracker to make sure someone already hasn't requested it and/or contributed it

  • Fork the project

  • Start a feature/bugfix branch

  • Commit and push until you are happy with your contribution

  • Make sure to add tests for it. This is important so I don't break it in a future version unintentionally.

  • Please try not to mess with the Rakefile, version, or history. If you want to have your own version, or is otherwise necessary, that is fine, but please isolate to its own commit so I can cherry-pick around it.


Copyright © 2011 John Wilger. See LICENSE.txt for further details.