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Branches Cleaner Github Action

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This GitHub Action automatically cleans up branches in a repository, deleting closed branches without merges, merged branches, and inactive branches after a specified period in days. You can specify the base branches or protected branches that should not be deleted.

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Required. Comma-separated string of the base branches that you want to keep. For example: main,develop.


Required. Token to authenticate with the GitHub API.


Optional. Number of days of inactivity to remove inactive branches. Default is 7.


This GitHub Action can be triggered by different events offered by GitHub, depending on the needs of each team or individual. In the following example, a schedule trigger is used to run the action every day at midnight:

name: Branches Cleaner

    - cron: "0 0 * * *"

    runs-on: ubuntu-latest
      - name: Checkout code
        uses: actions/checkout@v2
      - name: GitHub Branch Cleaner
        uses: mmorenoregalado/action-branches-cleaner@v2.0.1
          base_branches: develop,master
          github_token: ${{ secrets.GITHUB_TOKEN }}
          days_old_threshold: 7

Refer to the official GitHub documentation for more information on the different events that can be used to trigger GitHub Actions.

Usage the latest version

To use the latest version:

  1. Click on the following link This will redirect you to the official GitHub Action Page

  2. Then click on Use latest version:

    Click latest version
  3. Finally replace the text in the GitHub Action YAML file in your .git/workflows/ folder.

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With that you will have the latest version of Branches Cleaner installed.


This action is open to contributions. If you find any issues or bugs, feel free to open an issue or pull request.


This project is licensed under the MIT License. See the LICENSE file for details.