GitHub CLI

gh is GitHub on the command line. It brings pull requests, issues, and other GitHub concepts to the terminal next to where you are already working with git and your code.


You can find installation instructions on our README.


Run gh auth login to authenticate with your GitHub account. gh will respect tokens set using GITHUB_TOKEN.

GitHub Enterprise Server

GitHub CLI supports GHES 2.20 and above. To authenticate with a GitHub Enterprise instance, run:

gh auth login --hostname <hostname>

You will be prompted to either authenticate using your browser, or to paste a token.

Setting an editor

To set your preferred editor, you can use gh config set editor <editor>. Read more about gh config.

Additionally if the above is not set, for macOS and Linux, gh will respect editor environment variables based on your OS and shell setup.

On macOS and Linux, the default editor is Nano. On Windows, the default editor is Notepad.

Setting your git protocol

To set your preferred git protocol, you can use gh config set git_protocol { ssh | https }. Read more about gh config.

Disable interactivity

To disable interactive prompts, you can use gh config set prompt disabled. Read more about gh config.

Extending the CLI

There are several ways you can make gh your own.

  1. Create shorthands using gh alias set
  2. Make custom API queries using gh api
  3. Use environment variables


Thank you for checking out GitHub CLI! Please open an issue to send us feedback. We're looking forward to hearing it.