gh auth login

gh auth login [flags]

Authenticate with a GitHub host.

The default authentication mode is a web-based browser flow. After completion, an authentication token will be stored internally.

Alternatively, use --with-token to pass in a token on standard input. The minimum required scopes for the token are: "repo", "read:org".

Alternatively, gh will use the authentication token found in environment variables. This method is most suitable for "headless" use of gh such as in automation. See gh help environment for more info.

To use gh in GitHub Actions, add GH_TOKEN: ${{ github.token }} to "env".


-p, --git-protocol <string>
The protocol to use for git operations: {ssh|https}
-h, --hostname <string>
The hostname of the GitHub instance to authenticate with
Save authentication credentials in plain text instead of credential store
-s, --scopes <strings>
Additional authentication scopes to request
-w, --web
Open a browser to authenticate
Read token from standard input


# start interactive setup
$ gh auth login

# authenticate against by reading the token from a file
$ gh auth login --with-token < mytoken.txt

# authenticate with a specific GitHub instance
$ gh auth login --hostname enterprise.internal

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