node library to access the GitHub API
JavaScript Smarty
Latest commit 412721b Feb 18, 2017 @kaizensoze kaizensoze bump to 9.0.0

NOTE: The node-github npm package is deprecated. You want the github npm package (see Installation).


npm Gratipay donate button

A Node.js wrapper for GitHub API.


Install via npm.

$ npm install github


Install via git clone

$ git clone
$ cd node-github
$ npm install


Client API:
GitHub API:


Get all followers for user "defunkt":

var GitHubApi = require("github");

var github = new GitHubApi({
    // optional
    debug: true,
    protocol: "https",
    host: "", // should be for GitHub
    pathPrefix: "/api/v3", // for some GHEs; none for GitHub
    headers: {
        "user-agent": "My-Cool-GitHub-App" // GitHub is happy with a unique user agent
    Promise: require('bluebird'),
    followRedirects: false, // default: true; there's currently an issue with non-get redirects, so allow ability to disable follow-redirects
    timeout: 5000

// TODO: optional authentication here depending on desired endpoints. See below in README.

    // optional
    // headers: {
    //     "cookie": "blahblah"
    // },
    username: "defunkt"
}, function(err, res) {


There are a few pagination-related methods:


getNextPage(link, headers, callback)
getPreviousPage(link, headers, callback)
getFirstPage(link, headers, callback)
getLastPage(link, headers, callback)

NOTE: link is the response object or the contents of the Link header

See here and here for examples.


Most GitHub API calls don't require authentication. As a rule of thumb: If you can see the information by visiting the site without being logged in, you don't have to be authenticated to retrieve the same information through the API. Of course calls, which change data or read sensitive information have to be authenticated.

You need the GitHub user name and the API key for authentication. The API key can be found in the user's Account Settings.

// basic
    type: "basic",
    username: USERNAME,
    password: PASSWORD

// oauth
    type: "oauth",
    token: AUTH_TOKEN

// oauth key/secret (to get a token)
    type: "oauth",
    key: CLIENT_ID,
    secret: CLIENT_SECRET

// user token
    type: "token",
    token: "userToken",

// integration (jwt)
    type: "integration",
    token: "jwt",

// ~/.netrc
    type: "netrc"

Note: authenticate is synchronous because it only stores the credentials for the next request.

Creating a token for your application

Create a new authorization.

  1. Use github.authenticate() to authenticate with GitHub using your username / password.
  2. Create an application token programmatically with the scopes you need and, if you use two-factor authentication send the X-GitHub-OTP header with the one-time-password you get on your token device.
    scopes: ["user", "public_repo", "repo", "repo:status", "gist"],
    note: "what this auth is for",
    note_url: "http://url-to-this-auth-app",
    headers: {
        "X-GitHub-OTP": "two-factor-code"
}, function(err, res) {
    if (res.token) {
        //save and use res.token as in the Oauth process above from now on

Create test auth file

Create test auth file for running tests/examples.

$ > testAuth.json
    "token": "<TOKEN>"


For using bluebird, see here.
For using Q, see here.


Run all tests

$ npm test

Or run a specific test

$ npm test test/issuesTest.js

Preview APIs

Accept headers for the preview APIs should be taken care of behind the scenes, but in the event a preview endpoint isn't working, see here for an example on how to add the required custom accept header.

For updates on endpoints under preview, see

Preview API Accept header val
Commit Search application/vnd.github.cloak-preview+json
Community application/
Deployment application/vnd.github.ant-man-preview+json
Git signing application/vnd.github.cryptographer-preview
Imports application/vnd.github.barred-rock-preview
Integrations application/vnd.github.machine-man-preview
License application/vnd.github.drax-preview+json
Migrations application/vnd.github.wyandotte-preview+json
Organization Membership application/vnd.github.korra-preview+json
Pages application/vnd.github.mister-fantastic-preview
Pre-receive application/vnd.github.eye-scream-preview
Projects application/vnd.github.inertia-preview+json
Protected Branches application/vnd.github.loki-preview+json
Pull Request Squash application/vnd.github.polaris-preview
Reactions application/vnd.github.squirrel-girl-preview
Timeline application/vnd.github.mockingbird-preview

Dev notes

When updating routes.json, you'll want to update the generated docs/tests:

$ node lib/generate.js

To update the apidoc for github pages:

$ npm install apidoc -g
$ apidoc -i doc/ -o apidoc/

Just a reminder, since an ad-hoc filter was added to the apidoc, don't overwrite index.html, main.js.


MIT license. See the LICENSE file for details.