github

NodeJS wrapper for the GitHub API

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JavaScript GitHub API for Node.JS

A Node.JS module, which provides an object oriented wrapper for the GitHub v3 API.

Installation

Install with the Node.JS package manager npm NPM version:

  $ npm install github

or

Install via git clone:

  $ git clone git://github.com/mikedeboer/node-github.git
  $ cd node-github
  $ npm install

Documentation

You can find the docs for the API of this client at http://mikedeboer.github.com/node-github/

Additionally, the official Github documentation is a very useful resource.

Example

Print all followers of the user "mikedeboer" to the console.

var GitHubApi = require("github");

var github = new GitHubApi({
    // required
    version: "3.0.0",
    // optional
    debug: true,
    protocol: "https",
    host: "github.my-GHE-enabled-company.com",
    pathPrefix: "/api/v3", // for some GHEs
    timeout: 5000
});
github.user.getFollowingFromUser({
    // optional:
    // headers: {
    //     "cookie": "blahblah"
    // },
    user: "mikedeboer"
}, function(err, res) {
    console.log(JSON.stringify(res));
});

First the GitHubApi class is imported from the node-github module. This class provides access to all of GitHub's APIs (e.g. user, issues or repo APIs). The getFollowingFromUser method lists all followers of a given GitHub user. Is is part of the user API. It takes the user name as first argument and a callback as last argument. Once the follower list is returned from the server, the callback is called.

Like in Node.JS, callbacks are always the last argument. If the functions fails an error object is passed as first argument to the callback.

Authentication

Most GitHub API calls don't require authentication. As a rule of thumb: If you can see the information by visiting the site without being logged in, you don't have to be authenticated to retrieve the same information through the API. Of course calls, which change data or read sensitive information have to be authenticated.

You need the GitHub user name and the API key for authentication. The API key can be found in the user's Account Settings page.

This example shows how to authenticate and then change location field of the account settings to Argentina:

github.authenticate({
    type: "basic",
    username: username,
    password: password
});
github.user.update({
    location: "Argentina"
}, function(err) {
    console.log("done!");
});

Note that the authenticate method is synchronous because it only stores the credentials for the next request.

Other examples for the various authentication methods:

// OAuth2
github.authenticate({
    type: "oauth",
    token: token
});

// OAuth2 Key/Secret
github.authenticate({
    type: "oauth",
    key: "clientID",
    secret: "clientSecret"
})

// Deprecated Gihub API token (seems not to be working with the v3 API)
github.authenticate({
    type: "token",
    token: token
});

Creating tokens for your application

Create a new authorization for your application giving it access to the wanted scopes you need instead of relying on username / password and is the way to go if you have two-factor authentication on.

For example:

  1. Use github.authenticate() to auth with GitHub using your username / password
  2. Create an application token programmatically with the scopes you need and, if you use two-factor authentication send the X-GitHub-OTP header with the one-time-password you get on your token device.
github.authorization.create({
    scopes: ["user", "public_repo", "repo", "repo:status", "gist"],
    note: "what this auth is for",
    note_url: "http://url-to-this-auth-app",
    headers: {
        "X-GitHub-OTP": "two-factor-code"
    }
}, function(err, res) {
    if (res.token) {
        //save and use res.token as in the Oauth process above from now on
    }
});

Implemented GitHub APIs

  • Gists: 100%
  • Git Data: 100%
  • Issues: 100%
  • Orgs: 100%
  • Pull Requests: 100%
  • Repos: 100%
  • Users: 100%
  • Events: 100%
  • Search: 100%
  • Markdown: 100%

Running the Tests

The unit tests are based on the mocha module, which may be installed via npm. To run the tests make sure that the npm dependencies are installed by running npm install from the project directory.

Before running unit tests:

npm install mocha -g

At the moment, test classes can only be run separately. This will e.g. run the Issues Api test:

mocha api/v3.0.0/issuesTest.js

Note that a connection to the internet is required to run the tests.

LICENSE

MIT license. See the LICENSE file for details.

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