Collection of github dorks and helper tool to automate the process of checking dorks

Github Dorks

Github search is quite powerful and useful feature and can be used to search sensitive data on the repositories. Collection of github dorks that can reveal sensitive personal and/or organizational information such as private keys, credentials, authentication tokens, etc. This list is supposed to be useful for assessing security and performing pen-testing of systems.

GitHub Dork Search Tool is a simple python tool that can search through your repository or your organization/user repositories. Its not a perfect tool at the moment but provides a basic functionality to automate the search on your repositories against the dorks specified in text file.


This tool uses to talk with GitHub Search API.

Clone this repository and run:

pip install -r requirements.txt


GH_USER  - Environment variable to specify github user
GH_PWD   - Environment variable to specify password
GH_TOKEN - Environment variable to specify github token
GH_URL   - Environment variable to specify GitHub Enterprise base URL

Some example usages are listed below:

python -r techgaun/github-dorks                          # search single repo

python -u techgaun                                       # search all repos of user

python -u dev-nepal                                      # search all repos of an organization

GH_USER=techgaun GH_PWD=<mypass> python -u dev-nepal     # search as authenticated user

GH_TOKEN=<github_token> python -u dev-nepal              # search using auth token

GH_URL= python -u dev-nepal    # search a GitHub Enterprise instance


  • Authenticated requests get a higher rate limit. But, since this tool waits for the api rate limit to be reset (which is usually less than a minute), it can be slightly slow.
  • Output formatting is not great. PR welcome
  • Handle rate limit and retry. PR welcome


Please consider contributing the dorks that can reveal potentially sensitive information in github.

List of Dorks

I am not categorizing at the moment. Instead I am going to just the list of dorks with a description. Many of the dorks can be modified to make the search more specific or generic. You can see more options here.

Dork Description
filename:.npmrc _auth npm registry authentication data
filename:.dockercfg auth docker registry authentication data
extension:pem private private keys
extension:ppk private puttygen private keys
filename:id_rsa or filename:id_dsa private ssh keys
extension:sql mysql dump mysql dump
extension:sql mysql dump password mysql dump look for password; you can try varieties
filename:credentials aws_access_key_id might return false negatives with dummy values
filename:.s3cfg might return false negatives with dummy values
filename:wp-config.php wordpress config files
filename:.htpasswd htpasswd files
filename:.env DB_USERNAME NOT homestead laravel .env (CI, various ruby based frameworks too)
filename:.env gmail smtp configuration (try different smtp services too)
filename:.git-credentials git credentials store, add NOT username for more valid results
PT_TOKEN language:bash pivotaltracker tokens
filename:.bashrc password search for passwords, etc. in .bashrc (try with .bash_profile too)
filename:.bashrc mailchimp variation of above (try more variations)
filename:.bash_profile aws aws access and secret keys password Amazon RDS possible credentials
extension:json try variations, find api keys/secrets
extension:json mongolab credentials in json configs
extension:yaml mongolab credentials in yaml configs (try with yml)
jsforce extension:js conn.login possible salesforce credentials in nodejs projects
SF_USERNAME "salesforce" possible salesforce credentials
filename:.tugboat NOT "_tugboat" Digital Ocean tugboat config
HEROKU_API_KEY language:shell Heroku api keys
HEROKU_API_KEY language:json Heroku api keys in json files
filename:.netrc password netrc that possibly holds sensitive credentials
filename:_netrc password netrc that possibly holds sensitive credentials
filename:hub oauth_token hub config that stores github tokens
filename:robomongo.json mongodb credentials file used by robomongo
filename:filezilla.xml Pass filezilla config file with possible user/pass to ftp
filename:recentservers.xml Pass filezilla config file with possible user/pass to ftp
filename:config.json auths docker registry authentication data
filename:idea14.key IntelliJ Idea 14 key, try variations for other versions
filename:config irc_pass possible IRC config
filename:connections.xml possible db connections configuration, try variations to be specific
filename:express.conf path:.openshift openshift config, only email and server thou
filename:.pgpass PostgreSQL file which can contain passwords
filename:proftpdpasswd Usernames and passwords of proftpd created by cpanel
filename:ventrilo_srv.ini Ventrilo configuration
[WFClient] Password= extension:ica WinFrame-Client infos needed by users to connect toCitrix Application Servers
filename:server.cfg rcon password Counter Strike RCON Passwords
JEKYLL_GITHUB_TOKEN Github tokens used for jekyll
filename:.bash_history Bash history file
filename:.cshrc RC file for csh shell
filename:.history history file (often used by many tools)
filename:.sh_history korn shell history
filename:sshd_config OpenSSH server config
filename:dhcpd.conf DHCP service config
filename:prod.exs NOT "prod.secret.exs" Phoenix prod configuration file
filename:prod.secret.exs Phoenix prod secret
filename:configuration.php JConfig password Joomla configuration file
filename:config.php dbpasswd PHP application database password (e.g., phpBB forum software)
path:sites databases password Drupal website database credentials
shodan_api_key language:python Shodan API keys (try other languages too)
filename:shadow path:etc Contains encrypted passwords and account information of new unix systems
filename:passwd path:etc Contains user account information including encrypted passwords of traditional unix systems
extension:avastlic Contains license keys for Avast! Antivirus
extension:dbeaver-data-sources.xml DBeaver config containing MySQL Credentials
filename:.esmtprc password esmtp configuration
extension:json googleusercontent client_secret OAuth credentials for accessing Google APIs