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GitHub webhook for closing all new GitHub PRs with a custom message.


GitHub does not support deactivating pull requests. However, some organization do not want to use the GitHub PR feature and only use GitHub as a read-only git mirror.

Inspired by PRBot, used in the GitHub Linux repository, this repository provides an automation for closing all new pull requests. It differs from PRBot in the following ways:

  1. It uses GitHub webhooks and does not require a cronjob.
  2. It optionally closes the GitHub PR in addition to adding a configurable comment.
  3. It is written in hy.


noprs has the following dependencies:

  1. PyGithub
  2. hy

After the dependencies have been installed, the script can be invoked directly from the repository. If desired, it can also manually be copied to an element in $PATH as an executable script.


noprs is configured via two environment variables:

  1. GITHUB_ACCESS_TOKEN: Must be set to a GitHub API access token.
  2. GITHUB_WEBHOOK_SECRET: Must be set to the GitHub webhook secret.

After these environment variables have been set, start noprs:

$ hy noprs.hy -a localhost -p 8080 -c

Afterwards, register the webhook on GitHub, either for an entire organization or a single repository. The Content-Type must be set to application/json and the webhook must only deliver PR events.

Test if everything works as expected by creating a new GitHub PR.


This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Affero General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Affero General Public License along with this program. If not, see

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