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A higher-level wrapper around the Github API.


Github.js provides a minimal higher-level wrapper around Github's API. It was concieved in the context of Prose, a content editor for GitHub.

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Github.js is available from npm or (soon) cdnjs.

npm install github-api

Github.js is tested on Node:

  • 0.10
  • 0.12
  • 4.x
  • 5.x

The team behind Github.js has created a whole organization, called GitHub Tools, dedicated to GitHub and its API. In the near future this repository could be moved under the GitHub Tools organization as well. In the meantime, we recommend you to take a look at other projects of the organization.

   Data can be retrieved from the API either using callbacks (as in versions < 1.0)
   or using a new promise-based API. For now the promise-based API just returns the
   raw HTTP request promise; this might change in the next version.
var GitHub = require('github-api');
// unauthenticated client 
var gh = new GitHub();
var gist = gh.getGist(); // not a gist yet 
   public: true,
   description: 'My first gist',
   files: {
      "file1.txt": {
         contents: "Aren't gists great!"
}).then(function(httpResponse) {
   // Promises! 
   var gist =; {
      // if no error occurred then err == null 
      // gist == 
      // xhr == httpResponse 
var GitHub = require('github-api');
// basic auth 
var gh = new GitHub({
   username: 'FOO',
   password: 'NotFoo'
var me = gh.getUser();
me.getNotification(function(errnotifcations) {
   // do some stuff 
var clayreimann = gh.getUser('clayreimann');
   .then(function(httpPromise) {
      var repos =;
var GitHub = require('github-api');
// token auth 
var gh = new GitHub({
   token: 'MY_OAUTH_TOKEN'
var yahoo = gh.getOrganization('yahoo');
yahoo.getRepos(function(errrepos) {
   // look at all the repos!