PowerShellForGitHub PowerShell Module
Table of Contents
- What's New
- Current API Support
- Developing and Contributing
- Legal and Licensing
- Code of Conduct
- Reporting Security Issues
Embracing the benefits of PowerShell, it has full support for pipelining, allowing you pipe the output of virtually any command into any other command within the module.
Check out CHANGELOG.md to review the details of the current release as well as all past releases.
Current API Support
At present, this module can:
- Query, create, update and remove Repositories including
- Query, create and remove Branches, as well as the associated branch protection rules.
- Query and create new Forks
- Query and create Content in a repo.
- Query the languages and tags in a repository, and and query/update its topics.
- Change repository ownership.
- Query, enable and disable security and vulnerability alerts.
- Query various traffic reports including referral sources and paths, page views and clones.
- Query, create, edit, lock/unlock Issues and all of their related properties:
- Query and create Pull Requests
- Query collaborators
- Query contributors
- Query organizations and their members.
- Query and update Users
- Query, create, edit and remove Teams, and Query their members.
- Query, create, edit and remove Projects, along with Project Columns and Project Cards
- Query, create, edit and remove Releases and associated content/assets.
- Query, create, edit, remove, fork, and (un)star gists, as well as gist comments.
- Query, edit and remove reactions on Issues and Pull Requests.
- Miscellaneous functionality:
Development is ongoing, with the goal to add broad support for the entire API set.
For a comprehensive look at what work is remaining to be API Complete, refer to Issue #70.
Review examples to see how the module can be used to accomplish some of these tasks.
You can get latest release of the PowerShellForGitHub on the PowerShell Gallery
Install-Module -Name PowerShellForGitHub
To avoid severe API rate limiting by GitHub, you should configure the module with your own personal access token.
- Create a new API token by going to https://github.com/settings/tokens/new (provide a description and check any appropriate scopes)
Set-GitHubAuthentication, enter anything as the username (the username is ignored but required by the dialog that pops up), and paste in the API token as the password. That will be securely cached to disk and will persist across all future PowerShell sessions. If you ever wish to clear it in the future, just call
For automated scenarios (like GithHub Actions) where you are dynamically getting the access token needed for authentication, refer to
Get-Help Set-GitHubAuthentication -Examplesfor how to configure in a promptless fashion.
Alternatively, you could configure PowerShell itself to always pass in a plain-text access token to any command (by setting
$PSDefaultParameterValues["*-GitHub*:AccessToken"] = "<access token>"), although keep in mind that this is insecure (any other process could access this plain-text value).
A number of additional configuration options exist with this module, and they can be configured
for just the current session or to persist across all future sessions with
For a full explanation of all possible configurations, run the following:
Get-Help Set-GitHubConfiguration -ShowWindow
For example, if you tend to work on the same repository, you can save yourself a lot of typing by configuring the default OwnerName and/or RepositoryName that you work with. You can always override these values by explicitly providing a value for the parameter in an individual command, but for the common scenario, you'd have less typing to do.
Set-GitHubConfiguration -DefaultOwnerName PowerShell Set-GitHubConfiguration -DefaultRepositoryName PowerShellForGitHub
Be warned that there are some commands where you may want to only ever supply the OwnerName (like if you're calling
Get-GitHubRepositoryand want to see all the repositories owned by a particular user, as opposed to getting a single, specific repository). In cases like that, you'll need to explicitly pass in
$nullas the relevant parameter value as a temporary override for your default if you've set a default for one (or both) of these values.
There are more great configuration options available. Just review the help for that command for the most up-to-date list!
To set the configuration to use a GitHub Enterprise server instead of GitHub.com, simply supply
ApiHostName parameter with the hostname of your GitHub Enterprise server.
Set-GitHubConfiguration -ApiHostName "github.contoso.com"
$issues = Get-GitHubIssue -Uri 'https://github.com/microsoft/PowerShellForGitHub'
For more example commands, please refer to USAGE.
Developing and Contributing
Please see the Contribution Guide for information on how to develop and contribute.
If you have any problems, please consult GitHub Issues to see if has already been discussed.
If you do not see your problem captured, please file feedback.
Legal and Licensing
PowerShellForGitHub is licensed under the MIT license.
Governance policy for this project is described here.
Code of Conduct
For more info, see CODE_OF_CONDUCT
Reporting Security Issues
Please refer to SECURITY.md.