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GitHub Services

How the services work

  1. A post-receive background job is submitted when someone pushes their commits to GitHub
  2. If the repository the commits belong to has any "Service Hooks" setup, the job makes a request to http://services-server/service_name/push with the following data:
    • params[:payload] containing all of the commit data (the same data you get using the API)
    • params[:data] containing the service data (username, password, room, etc)
  3. Sinatra (github-services.rb) processes the request (twitters your data, says something in campfire, posts it to lighthouse, etc)
  4. Rinse and repeat

Steps to contributing

  1. Fork the project
  2. Create a new file in /services/ called service_name.rb, using the following template:

    class Service::ServiceName < Service
      def receive_push
  3. Vendor any external gems your code relies on, and make sure it is specified in the Gemfile.

  4. Add documentation to docs/service_name (refer to the others for guidance)
  5. Send a pull request from your fork to github/github-services
  6. Once it's accepted we'll add any new necessary data fields to the GitHub front-end so people can start using your addition.

Patches including tests are encouraged

A huge thanks goes out to our many contributors!

Running the server locally

  1. [sudo] gem install hpricot
  2. git clone git://
  3. cd github-services
  4. ruby github-services.rb

  • Bugs in the code should be filed under the Issues tab
  • Problems with the service hooks can be filed here

How to test your service

You can test your service in a ruby irb console:

  1. Run rake console to start irb.
  2. Instantiate your Service:

    svc =,
      # Hash of configuration information.
      {'token' => 'abc'},
      # Hash of payload.
      {'blah' => 'payload!'})
  3. The third argument is optional if you just want to use the sample payload.

    svc =,
      # Hash of configuration information.
      {'token' => 'abc'})

You can also test your hook with the Sinatra web service:

  1. Start the github-services Sinatra server with ruby github-services.rb. By default, it runs on port 8080.
  2. Edit the docs/github_payload file as necessary to test your service. (Usually just editing the "data" values but leaving the "payload" alone.)
  3. Send the docs/github_payload file to your service by calling: ./script/deliver_payload [service-name]
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