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octonode is a library for nodejs to access the github v3 api


npm install octonode


var github = require('octonode');

// Then we instanciate a client with or without a token (as show in a later section)

var ghme   =;
var ghuser = client.user('pksunkara');
var ghrepo = client.repo('pksunkara/hub');
var ghorg  ='flatiron');
var ghgist = client.gist();
var ghteam =;

var ghsearch =;

Build a client which accesses any public information

var client = github.client();

client.get('/users/pksunkara', function (err, status, body) {
  console.log(body); //json object

Build a client from an access token

var client = github.client('someaccesstoken');

client.get('/user', function (err, status, body) {
  console.log(body); //json object

Build a client from credentials

var client = github.client({
  username: 'pksunkara',
  password: 'password'

client.get('/user', function (err, status, body) {
  console.log(body); //json object

Build a client from client keys

var client = github.client({
  id: 'abcdefghijklmno',
  secret: 'abcdefghijk'

client.get('/user', function (err, status, body) {
  console.log(body); //json object

Many of the below use cases use parts of the above code


Authenticate to github in cli mode (desktop application)

  username: 'pksunkara',
  password: 'password'
}).login(['user', 'repo', 'gist'], function (err, id, token) {
  console.log(id, token);

Revoke authentication to github in cli mode (desktop application)

  username: 'pksunkara',
  password: 'password'
}).revoke(id, function (err) {
  if (err) throw err;

Authenticate to github in web mode (web application)

// Web application which authenticates to github
var http = require('http')
  , url = require('url')
  , qs = require('querystring')
  , github = require('octonode');

// Build the authorization config and url
var auth_url = github.auth.config({
  id: 'mygithubclientid',
  secret: 'mygithubclientsecret'
}).login(['user', 'repo', 'gist']);

// Store info to verify against CSRF
var state = auth_url.match(/&state=([0-9a-z]{32})/i);

// Web server
http.createServer(function (req, res) {
  uri = url.parse(req.url);
  // Redirect to github login
  if (uri.pathname=='/login') {
    res.writeHead(301, {'Content-Type': 'text/plain', 'Location': auth_url})
    res.end('Redirecting to ' + auth_url);
  // Callback url from github login
  else if (uri.pathname=='/auth') {
    var values = qs.parse(uri.query);
    // Check against CSRF attacks
    if (!state || state[1] != values.state) {
      res.writeHead(403, {'Content-Type': 'text/plain'});
    } else {
      github.auth.login(values.code, function (err, token) {
        res.writeHead(200, {'Content-Type': 'text/plain'});
  } else {
    res.writeHead(200, {'Content-Type': 'text/plain'})

console.log('Server started on 3000');

Rate Limiting

You can also check your rate limit status by calling the following.

client.limit(function (err, left, max) {
  console.log(left); // 4999
  console.log(max);  // 5000

API Callback Structure

All the callbacks for the following will take first an error argument, then a data argument, like this:, data) {
  console.log("error: " + err);
  console.log("data: " + data);

Github authenticated user api

Token/Credentials required for the following:

Get information about the user (GET /user); //json

Update user profile (PATCH /user)

  "name": "monalisa octocat",
  "email": "",
}, callback);

Get emails of the user (GET /user/emails)

ghme.emails(callback); //array of emails

Set emails of the user (POST /user/emails)

ghme.emails(['', ''], callback); //array of emails
ghme.emails('', callback); //array of emails

Delete emails of the user (DELETE /user/emails)

ghme.emails(['', '']);

Get the followers of the user (GET /user/followers)

ghme.followers(callback); //array of github users

Get users whom the user is following (GET /user/following)

ghme.following(callback); //array of github users

Check if the user is following a user (GET /user/following/marak)

ghme.following('marak', callback); //boolean

Follow a user (PUT /user/following/marak)


Unfollow a user (DELETE /user/following/marak)


Get public keys of a user (GET /user/keys)

ghme.keys(callback); //array of keys

Get a single public key (GET /user/keys/1)

ghme.keys(1, callback); //key

Create a public key (POST /user/keys)

ghme.keys({"title":"laptop", "key":"ssh-rsa AAA..."}, callback); //key

Update a public key (PATCH /user/keys/1)

ghme.keys(1, {"title":"desktop", "key":"ssh-rsa AAA..."}, callback); //key

Delete a public key (DELETE /user/keys/1)


List your public and private organizations (GET /user/orgs)

ghme.orgs(callback); // array of orgs

List your repositories (GET /user/repos)

ghme.repos(callback); //array of repos

Create a repository (POST /user/repos)

  "name": "Hello-World",
  "description": "This is your first repo",
}, callback); //repo

Fork a repository (POST /repos/pksunkara/hub/forks)

ghme.fork('pksunkara/hub', callback); //forked repo

Github users api

No token required for the following

Get information about an user (GET /users/pksunkara); //json

Get an user followers (GET /users/pksunkara/followers)

ghuser.followers(callback); //array of github users

Get an user followings (GET /users/pksunkara/following)

ghuser.following(callback); //array of github users

Github repositories api

Get information about a repository (GET /repos/pksunkara/hub); //json

Get the collaborators for a repository (GET /repos/pksunkara/hub/collaborators)

ghrepo.collaborators(callback); //array of github users

Check if a user is collaborator for a repository (GET /repos/pksunkara/hub/collaborators/marak)

ghrepo.collaborators('marak', callback); //boolean

Get the commits for a repository (GET /repos/pksunkara/hub/commits)

ghrepo.commits(callback); //array of commits

Get the tags for a repository (GET /repos/pksunkara/hub/tags)

ghrepo.tags(callback); //array of tags

Get the languages for a repository (GET /repos/pksunkara/hub/languages)

ghrepo.languages(callback); //array of languages

Get the contributors for a repository (GET /repos/pksunkara/hub/contributors)

ghrepo.contributors(callback); //array of github users

Get the branches for a repository (GET /repos/pksunkara/hub/branches)

ghrepo.branches(callback); //array of branches

Get the issues for a repository (GET /repos/pksunkara/hub/issues)

Issues are arranged in pages. The page argument is optional and is used to specify which page of issues to retrieve. The perPage argument is also optional and is used to specify how many issues per page.

ghrepo.issues(page, perPage, callback); //array of issues
ghrepo.issues(1, 100, callback);        //array of users
ghrepo.issues(10, callback);            //array of users
ghrepo.issues(callback);                //array of users

Get the README for a repository (GET /repos/pksunkara/hub/readme)

ghrepo.readme(callback); //file
ghrepo.readme('v0.1.0', callback); //file

Get the contents of a path in repository

ghrepo.contents('lib/index.js', callback); //path
ghrepo.contents('lib/index.js', 'v0.1.0', callback); //path

Get archive link for a repository

ghrepo.archive('tarball', callback); //link to archive
ghrepo.archive('zipball', 'v0.1.0', callback); //link to archive

Get the blob for a repository (GET /repos/pksunkara/hub/git/blobs/SHA)

ghrepo.blob('18293abcd72', callback); //blob

Get users who starred a repository (GET /repos/pksunkara/hub/stargazers)

ghrepo.stargazers(1, 100, callback); //array of users
ghrepo.stargazers(10, callback);     //array of users
ghrepo.stargazers(callback);         //array of users

Get the teams for a repository (GET /repos/pksunkara/hub/teams)

ghrepo.teams(callback); //array of teams

Get a git tree (GET /repos/pksunkara/hub/git/trees/18293abcd72)

ghrepo.tree('18293abcd72', callback); //tree
ghrepo.tree('18293abcd72', true, callback); //recursive tree

Delete the repository (DELETE /repos/pksunkara/hub)


List statuses for a specific ref (GET /repos/pksunkara/hub/statuses/master)

ghrepo.statuses('master', callback); // array of statuses

Create status (POST /repos/pksunkara/hub/statuses/SHA)

ghrepo.status('18e129c213848c7f239b93fe5c67971a64f183ff', {
  "state": "success",
  "target_url": "",
  "description": "Build success."
}, callback); // created status

Github organizations api

Get information about an organization (GET /orgs/flatiron); //json

Update an organization (POST /orgs/flatiron)

  blog: ''
}, callback); // org

List organization repositories (GET /orgs/flatiron/repos)

ghorg.repos(callback); //array of repos

Create an organization repository (POST /orgs/flatiron/repos)

  name: 'Hello-world',
  description: 'My first world program'
}, callback); //repo

Get an organization's teams (GET /orgs/flatiron/teams)

ghorg.teams(callback); //array of teams

Get an organization's members (GET /orgs/flatiron/members)

ghorg.members(callback); //array of github users

Check an organization member (GET /orgs/flatiron/members/pksunkara)

ghorg.member('pksunkara', callback); //boolean

Github gists api

List authenticated user's gists (GET /gists)

ghgist.list(callback); //array of gists

List authenticated user's public gists (GET /gists/public)

ghgist.public(callback); //array of gists

List authenticated user's starred gists (GET /gists/starred)

ghgist.starred(callback); //array of gists

List a user's public gists (GET /users/pksunkara/gists)

ghgist.user('pksunkara', callback); //array of gists

Get a single gist (GET /gists/37)

ghgist.get(37, callback); //gist

Create a gist (POST /gists)

  description: "the description",
  files: { ... }
}), callback); //gist

Edit a gist (PATCH /gists/37)

ghgist.edit(37, {
  description: "hello gist"
}, callback); //gist

Delete a gist (DELETE /gists/37)


Fork a gist (POST /gists/37/forks)

ghgist.fork(37, callback); //gist

Star a gist (PUT /gists/37/star);

Unstar a gist (DELETE /gists/37/unstar)


Check if a gist is starred (GET /gists/37/star)

ghgist.check(37); //boolean

List comments on a gist (GET /gists/37/comments)

ghgist.comments(37, callback); //array of comments

Create a comment (POST /gists/37/comments)

ghgist.comments(37, {
  body: "Just commenting"
}, callback); //comment

Get a single comment (GET /gists/comments/1)

ghgist.comment(1, callback); //comment

Edit a comment (POST /gists/comments/1)

ghgist.comment(1, {
  body: "lol at commenting"
}, callback); //comment

Delete a comment (DELETE /gists/comments/1)


Github teams api

Get a team (GET /team/37); //json

Get the team members (GET /team/37/members)

ghteam.members(callback); //array of github users

Check if a user is part of the team (GET /team/37/members/pksunkara)

ghteam.member('pksunkara'); //boolean

Github search api

Search issues

ghsearch.issues('pksunkara/hub', 'open', 'git', callback); //array of issues

Search repositories

ghsearch.repos('git', 'javascript', 1, callback); //array of repositories

Search users

ghsearch.users('git', callback); //array of users

Search emails

ghsearch.emails('', callback); //user


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The following method names use underscore as an example. The library contains camel cased method names.

// public repos for unauthenticated, private and public for authenticated
me.is_watching('repo', callback);
me.start_watching('repo', callback);
me.stop_watching('repo', callback);
me.get_issues(params, callback);

// organization data
var org = octonode.Organization('bulletjs');

org.update(dict_with_update_properties, callback);
org.add_member('user', 'team', callback);
org.remove_member('user', callback);
org.is_public_member('user', callback);
org.make_member_public('user', callback);
org.conceal_member('user', callback);

org.get_team('team', callback);
org.create_team({name:'', repo_names:'', permission:''}, callback);
org.edit_team({name:'', permission:''}, callback);
org.delete_team('name', callback);
org.get_team_members('team', callback);
org.get_team_member('team', 'user', callback);
org.remove_member_from_team('user', 'team', callback);
org.create_repository({name: ''}, callback);
org.get_team_repositories('team', callback);
org.get_team_repository('team', 'name', callback);
org.add_team_repository('team', 'name', callback);
org.remove_team_repository('team', 'name', callback);

var repo = octonode.Repository('pksunkara/octonode');

repo.update({name: ''}, callback);

// collaborator information
repo.add_collaborator('name', callback);
repo.remove_collaborator('name', callback);

// commit data
repo.get_commit('sha-id', callback);
repo.get_commit_comments('SHA ID', callback);
repo.comment_on_commit({body: '', commit_id: '', line: '', path: '', position: ''}, callback);
repo.get_single_comment('comment id', callback);
repo.edit_single_comment('comment id', callback);
repo.delete_single_comment('comment id', callback);

// downloads
repo.create_download({name: ''}, 'filepath', callback);

// keys
repo.get_deploy_key('id', callback);
repo.create_deploy_key({title: '', key: ''}, callback);
repo.edit_deploy_key({title: '', key: ''}, callback);
repo.delete_deploy_key('id', callback);

// watcher data

// pull requests
repo.get_pull_request_comment('id', callback);
repo.create_pull_request_comment('id', {body:'', commit_id:'', path:'', position:''}, callback);
repo.reply_to_pull_request_comment('id', 'body', callback);
repo.edit_pull_request_comment('id', 'body', callback);
repo.delete_pull_request_comment('id', callback);
repo.get_issues(params, callback);
repo.get_issue('id', callback);
repo.create_issue({title: ''}, callback);
repo.edit_issue({title: ''}, callback);
repo.get_issue_comments('issue', callback);
repo.get_issue_comment('id', callback);
repo.create_issue_comment('id', 'comment', callback);
repo.edit_issue_comment('id', 'comment', callback);
repo.delete_issue_comment('id', callback);
repo.get_issue_events('id', callback);
repo.get_event('id', callback);
repo.get_label('id', callback);
repo.create_label('name', 'color', callback);
repo.edit_label('name', 'color', callback);
repo.delete_label('id', callback);
repo.get_issue_labels('issue', callback);
repo.add_labels_to_issue('issue', ['label1', 'label2'], callback);
repo.remove_label_from_issue('issue', 'labelid', callback);
repo.set_labels_for_issue('issue', ['label1', 'label2'], callback);
repo.remove_all_labels_from_issue('issue', callback);
repo.get_labels_for_milestone_issues('milestone', callback);
repo.get_milestone('id', callback);
repo.create_milestone('title', callback);
repo.edit_milestone('title', callback);
repo.delete_milestone('id', callback);

// raw git access
repo.create_blob('content', 'encoding', callback);
repo.get_commit('sha-id', callback);
repo.create_commit('message', 'tree', [parents], callback);
repo.get_reference('ref', callback);
repo.create_reference('ref', 'sha', callback);
repo.update_reference('ref', 'sha', force, callback);

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