gh api

Make an authenticated GitHub API request


Makes an authenticated HTTP request to the GitHub API and prints the response.

The endpoint argument should either be a path of a GitHub API v3 endpoint, or "graphql" to access the GitHub API v4.

Placeholder values ":owner", ":repo", and ":branch" in the endpoint argument will get replaced with values from the repository of the current directory.

The default HTTP request method is "GET" normally and "POST" if any parameters were added. Override the method with '--method'.

Pass one or more '--raw-field' values in "key=value" format to add JSON-encoded string parameters to the POST body.

The '--field' flag behaves like '--raw-field' with magic type conversion based on the format of the value:

  • literal values "true", "false", "null", and integer numbers get converted to appropriate JSON types;
  • placeholder values ":owner", ":repo", and ":branch" get populated with values from the repository of the current directory;
  • if the value starts with "@", the rest of the value is interpreted as a filename to read the value from. Pass "-" to read from standard input.

For GraphQL requests, all fields other than "query" and "operationName" are interpreted as GraphQL variables.

Raw request body may be passed from the outside via a file specified by '--input'. Pass "-" to read from standard input. In this mode, parameters specified via '--field' flags are serialized into URL query parameters.

In '--paginate' mode, all pages of results will sequentially be requested until there are no more pages of results. For GraphQL requests, this requires that the original query accepts an '$endCursor: String' variable and that it fetches the 'pageInfo{ hasNextPage, endCursor }' set of fields from a collection.

gh api <endpoint> [flags]


$ gh api repos/:owner/:repo/releases

$ gh api graphql -F owner=':owner' -F name=':repo' -f query='
  query($name: String!, $owner: String!) {
    repository(owner: $owner, name: $name) {
      releases(last: 3) {
        nodes { tagName }

$ gh api graphql --paginate -f query='
  query($endCursor: String) {
    viewer {
      repositories(first: 100, after: $endCursor) {
        nodes { nameWithOwner }
        pageInfo {


  -F, --field stringArray       Add a parameter of inferred type
  -H, --header stringArray      Add an additional HTTP request header
      --hostname string         The GitHub hostname for the request (default "")
  -i, --include                 Include HTTP response headers in the output
      --input string            The file to use as body for the HTTP request
  -X, --method string           The HTTP method for the request (default "GET")
      --paginate                Make additional HTTP requests to fetch all pages of results
  -f, --raw-field stringArray   Add a string parameter
      --silent                  Do not print the response body

Options inherited from parent commands

      --help   Show help for command