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This GitHub Action automatically commits files which have been changed during a Workflow run and pushes the Commit back to GitHub. The Committer is "GitHub Actions" and the Author of the Commit can be configured with environment variables.

If no changes are available, the Actions does nothing.

This Action has been inspired and adapted from the auto-commit-Action of the Canadian Digital Service.


You have to have an Action in your Workflow, which changes some of your project files. The most common use case for this, is when you're running a Linter or Code-Style fixer on GitHub Actions.

In this example I'm running php-cs-fixer in a PHP project.

workflow "php-cs-fixer" {
  on = "push"
  resolves = [

action "php-cs-fixer" {
  uses = "docker://oskarstark/php-cs-fixer-ga"

action "auto-commit-php-cs-fixer" {
  needs = ["php-cs-fixer"]
  uses = "stefanzweifel/git-auto-commit-action@v1.0.0"
  secrets = ["GITHUB_TOKEN"]
  env = {
    COMMIT_MESSAGE = "Apply php-cs-fixer changes"


The GITHUB_TOKEN secret is required. Add the secret in the Workflow Editor on

Environment variables

The following environment variables are required:

  • COMMIT_MESSAGE: The commit message used when changes are available
  • COMMIT_AUTHOR_EMAIL: The Commit Authors Email Address
  • COMMIT_AUTHOR_NAME: The Commit Authors Name


We use SemVer for versioning. For the versions available, see the tags on this repository.


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

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