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Node.js signature generator for GitHub API using a PGP key.


$ npm i github-api-signature


$ yarn add github-api-signature



This method returns a Promise containing two properties publicKey and privateKey which are both strings.

It generates a public and private PGP keys pair that can be used to sign commits with GitHub API using a GitHub user's informations and a passphrase.

The public key should be added to the user's settings. The private key is then used with the createSignature method to sign the commit with the committer informations extracted from the payload sent to the API.

import { generateKeyPair } from 'github-api-signature';

const passphrase: string = 'my secret phrase';

const user: UserInformations = {
    name: 'Dohn Joe',
    email: ''

// Optional number of bits for the generated RSA keys pair.
// Defaults to the maximum value 4096.
const rsaBits = 4096;
const type: 'ecc' | 'rsa' = 'ecc';

generateKeyPair(user, passphrase, rsaBits, type)
.then((keyPair: KeyPair) => {
    // keyPair = {
    //     publicKey: '-----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----...',
    //     privateKey: '-----BEGIN PGP PRIVATE KEY BLOCK-----...'
    // };

    // Add publicKey to Dohn Joe's GitHub account settings.
    // Use privateKey to create commits signatures for Dohn Joe's as committer.
Type definitions
async function generateKeyPair(
    user: UserInformations,
    passphrase: string,
    type: 'ecc' | 'rsa' = 'ecc',
    rsaBits: number = 4096
): Promise<KeyPair>

type UserInformations = {
    name: string,
    email: string

type KeyPair = {
    publicKey: string,
    privateKey: string


This method returns a Promise containing a string which is the PGP signature that should be used on the GitHub API to sign your commit with the committer informations.

Use this method with the same payload that you would send to the GitHub API POST /repos/:owner/:repo/git/commits endpoint.

It accepts either an already git-computed commit payload (see GitHub's example) which is the git content for a commit object, or a CommitPayload object.

When using a CommitPayload object, the author argument is mandatory, as opposed to the optional argument for the API. This is necessary since we need to generate the commit message string with the same date argument as GitHub will do to verify the signature.

The committer argument is still optional and will default to the author value if omitted.

In the following example, the commit will be signed for Dohn Joe. Hence, privateKey should be generated using Dohn Joe's informations.

import { createSignature, commitToString } from 'github-api-signature';

const privateKey: string = `-----BEGIN PGP PRIVATE KEY BLOCK-----

// Private key content //

const passphrase: string = 'my secret phrase';

const commit: CommitPayload = {
    message: 'Commit message',
    tree: 'tree-sha',
    parents: ['parent-sha'],
    author: {
        name: 'John Doe',
        email: '',
        date: '2018-01-01T00:00:00.000Z'
    // Optional committer informations
    // Defaults to <author>
    committer: {
        name: 'Dohn Joe',
        email: '',
        date: '2018-01-01T00:00:00.000Z'

// Using a CommitPayload object
createSignature(commit, privateKey, passphrase)
.then((signature: string) => {
    // signature = `-----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE-----
    // // Signature content
    // -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----`;

    const apiPayload = {

    // Use signature with GitHub API
    // POST /repos/:owner/:repo/git/commits

// Using a git-computed commit payload string
// commitToString returns the same format as "git cat-file -p <commit-sha>"
const commitStr = commitToString(commit);
createSignature(commitStr, privateKey, passphrase)
.then((signature: string) => {
    // ...
Type definitions
async function createSignature(
    commit: CommitPayload | string,
    privateKey: string,
    passphrase: string
): Promise<string> {}

type UserInformations = {
    name: string,
    email: string

type GitHubUser = UserInformations & {
    date: string

type CommitPayload = {
    message: string,
    tree: string,
    parents: string[],
    author: GitHubUser,
    committer?: GitHubUser



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