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Github PR resource

Build Status Go Report Card Docker Automated build

A Concourse resource for pull requests on Github. Written in Go and based on the Github V4 (GraphQL) API. Inspired by the original, with some important differences:

  • Github V4: check only requires 1 API call per 100th open pull request. (See #costs for more information).
  • Fetch/merge: get will always merge a specific commit from the Pull request into the latest base.
  • Metadata: get and put provides information about which commit (SHA) was used from both the PR and base.
  • Webhooks: Does not implement any caching thanks to GraphQL, which means it works well with webhooks.

Make sure to check out #migrating to learn more.

Source Configuration

Parameter Required Example Description
repository Yes itsdalmo/test-repository The repository to target.
access_token Yes A Github Access Token with repository access (required for setting status on commits). N.B. If you want github-pr-resource to work with a private repository. Set repo:full permissions on the access token you create on GitHub. If it is a public repository, repo:status is enough.
v3_endpoint No Endpoint to use for the V3 Github API (Restful).
v4_endpoint No Endpoint to use for the V4 Github API (Graphql).
paths No ["terraform/*/*.tf"] Only produce new versions if the PR includes changes to files that match one or more glob patterns or prefixes.
ignore_paths No [".ci/"] Inverse of the above. Pattern syntax is documented in filepath.Match, or a path prefix can be specified (e.g. .ci/ will match everything in the .ci directory).
disable_ci_skip No true Disable ability to skip builds with [ci skip] and [skip ci] in commit message or pull request title.
skip_ssl_verification No true Disable SSL/TLS certificate validation on git and API clients. Use with care!
disable_forks No true Disable triggering of the resource if the pull request's fork repository is different to the configured repository.
ignore_drafts No false Disable triggering of the resource if the pull request is in Draft status.
required_review_approvals No 2 Disable triggering of the resource if the pull request does not have at least X approved review(s).
git_crypt_key No AEdJVENSWVBUS0VZAAAAA... Base64 encoded git-crypt key. Setting this will unlock / decrypt the repository with git-crypt. To get the key simply execute `git-crypt export-key -- -
base_branch No master Name of a branch. The pipeline will only trigger on pull requests against the specified branch.
labels No ["bug", "enhancement"] The labels on the PR. The pipeline will only trigger on pull requests having at least one of the specified labels.
disable_git_lfs No true Disable Git LFS, skipping an attempt to convert pointers of files tracked into their corresponding objects when checked out into a working copy.
states No ["OPEN", "MERGED"] The PR states to select (OPEN, MERGED or CLOSED). The pipeline will only trigger on pull requests matching one of the specified states. Default is ["OPEN"].




Produces new versions for all commits (after the last version) ordered by the committed date. A version is represented as follows:

  • pr: The pull request number.
  • commit: The commit SHA.
  • committed: Timestamp of when the commit was committed. Used to filter subsequent checks.
  • approved_review_count: The number of reviews approving of the PR.

If several commits are pushed to a given PR at the same time, the last commit will be the new version.

Note on webhooks: This resource does not implement any caching, so it should work well with webhooks (should be subscribed to push and pull_request events). One thing to keep in mind however, is that pull requests that are opened from a fork and commits to said fork will not generate notifications over the webhook. So if you have a repository with little traffic and expect pull requests from forks, you'll need to discover those versions with check_every: 1m for instance. check in this resource is not a costly operation, so normally you should not have to worry about the rate limit.


Parameter Required Example Description
skip_download No true Use with get_params in a put step to do nothing on the implicit get.
integration_tool No rebase The integration tool to use, merge, rebase or checkout. Defaults to merge.
git_depth No 1 Shallow clone the repository using the --depth Git option
submodules No true Recursively clone git submodules. Defaults to false.
list_changed_files No true Generate a list of changed files and save alongside metadata
fetch_tags No true Fetch tags from remote repository

Clones the base (e.g. master branch) at the latest commit, and merges the pull request at the specified commit into master. This ensures that we are both testing and setting status on the exact commit that was requested in input. Because the base of the PR is not locked to a specific commit in versions emitted from check, a fresh get will always use the latest commit in master and report the SHA of said commit in the metadata. Both the requested version and the metadata emitted by get are available to your tasks as JSON:

  • .git/resource/version.json
  • .git/resource/metadata.json
  • .git/resource/changed_files (if enabled by list_changed_files)

The information in metadata.json is also available as individual files in the .git/resource directory, e.g. the base_sha is available as .git/resource/base_sha. For a complete list of available (individual) metadata files, please check the code here.

When specifying skip_download the pull request volume mounted to subsequent tasks will be empty, which is a problem when you set e.g. the pending status before running the actual tests. The workaround for this is to use an alias for the put (see #32 for more details). Example here:

put: update-status <-- Use an alias for the pull-request resource
resource: pull-request
    path: pull-request
    status: pending
get_params: {skip_download: true}

git-crypt encrypted repositories will automatically be decrypted when the git_crypt_key is set in the source configuration.

Note that, should you retrigger a build in the hopes of testing the last commit to a PR against a newer version of the base, Concourse will reuse the volume (i.e. not trigger a new get) if it still exists, which can produce unexpected results (#5). As such, re-testing a PR against a newer version of the base is best done by pushing an empty commit to the PR.


Parameter Required Example Description
path Yes pull-request The name given to the resource in a GET step.
status No SUCCESS Set a status on a commit. One of SUCCESS, PENDING, FAILURE and ERROR.
base_context No concourse-ci Base context (prefix) used for the status context. Defaults to concourse-ci.
context No unit-test A context to use for the status, which is prefixed by base_context. Defaults to status.
comment No hello world! A comment to add to the pull request.
comment_file No my-output/comment.txt Path to file containing a comment to add to the pull request (e.g. output of terraform plan).
target_url No $ATC_EXTERNAL_URL/builds/$BUILD_ID The target URL for the status, where users are sent when clicking details (defaults to the Concourse build page).
description No Concourse CI build failed The description status on the specified pull request.
description_file No my-output/description.txt Path to file containing the description status to add to the pull request
delete_previous_comments No true Boolean. Previous comments made on the pull request by this resource will be deleted before making the new comment. Useful for removing outdated information.

Note that comment, comment_file and target_url will all expand environment variables, so in the examples above $ATC_EXTERNAL_URL will be replaced by the public URL of the Concourse ATCs. See for more details about metadata that is available via environment variables.


- name: pull-request
  type: docker-image
    repository: teliaoss/github-pr-resource

- name: pull-request
  type: pull-request
  check_every: 24h
  webhook_token: ((webhook-token))
    repository: itsdalmo/test-repository
    access_token: ((github-access-token))

- name: test
  - get: pull-request
    trigger: true
    version: every
  - put: pull-request
      path: pull-request
      status: pending
  - task: unit-test
      platform: linux
        type: docker-image
        source: {repository: alpine/git, tag: "latest"}
        - name: pull-request
        path: /bin/sh
          - -xce
          - |
            cd pull-request
            git log --graph --all --color --pretty=format:"%x1b[31m%h%x09%x1b[32m%d%x1b[0m%x20%s" > log.txt
            cat log.txt
      put: pull-request
        path: pull-request
        status: failure
  - put: pull-request
      path: pull-request
      status: success


The Github API(s) have a rate limit of 5000 requests per hour (per user). For the V3 API this essentially translates to 5000 requests, whereas for the V4 API (GraphQL) the calculation is more involved:

Ref the above, here are some examples of running check against large repositories and the cost of doing so:

For the other two operations the costing is a bit easier:

  • get: Fixed cost of 1. Fetches the pull request at the given commit.
  • put: Uses the V3 API and has a min cost of 1, +1 for each of status, comment and comment_file etc.


If you are coming from jtarchie/github-pullrequest-resource, its important to know that this resource is inspired by but not a drop-in replacement for the original. Here are some important differences:

New parameters:

  • source:
    • v4_endpoint (see description above)
  • put:
    • comment (see description above)

Parameters that have been renamed:

  • source:
    • repo -> repository
    • ci_skip -> disable_ci_skip (the logic has been inverted and its true by default)
    • api_endpoint -> v3_endpoint
    • base -> base_branch
    • base_url -> target_url
    • require_review_approval -> required_review_approvals (bool to int)
  • get:
    • git.depth -> git_depth
  • put:
    • comment -> comment_file (because we added comment)

Parameters that are no longer needed:

  • src:
    • uri: We fetch the URI directly from the Github API instead.
    • private_key: We clone over HTTPS using the access token for authentication.
    • username: Same as above
    • password: Same as above
    • only_mergeable: We are opinionated and simply fail to get if it does not merge.
  • get:
    • fetch_merge: We are opinionated and always do a fetch_merge.

Parameters that did not make it:

  • src:
    • authorship_restriction
    • label
    • git_config: You can now get the pr/author info from .git/resource/metadata.json instead
  • get:
    • git.* (with the exception of git_depth, see above)
  • put:
    • merge.*
    • label

Note that if you are migrating from the original resource on a Concourse version prior to v5.0.0, you might see an error failed to unmarshal request: json: unknown field "ref". The solution is to rename the resource so that the history is wiped. See #64 for details.