GitHubDigestBuilder

NuGet

This tool creates a single-page HTML digest of the previous day’s GitHub activity for the configured repositories and users. It supports both public GitHub and GitHub Enterprise.

Overview

The GitHub API provides multiple mechanisms for tracking activity, most notably notifications and events. This tool uses events rather than notifications.

Notifications are triggered by pull request and issue activity for each repository that is being watched by the user. Notifications can be emailed to the user, accessed at github.com/notifications, or searched and filtered at octobox.io.

Events are similar to notifications, but they track additional types of activity, including pushed commits and comments not associated with a pull request. Events can be downloaded for any repository or user. There isn’t a good user interface for events at github.com, so this tool makes events more accessible by creating a single-page HTML digest of the previous day’s events.

The goal of the digest is to increase your awareness of GitHub activity. It does not give the full details of each event; just click the link into GitHub for that.

Installation

GitHubDigestBuilder is a .NET Core Tool, so the simplest way to install it is globally via:

> dotnet tool install -g GitHubDigestBuilder

Usage

Once installed, invoke GitHubDigestBuilder with the path to your configuration file as the first argument.

> GitHubDigestBuilder digest.yaml

The following command-line options are also supported:

--auth

You can use this tool without a GitHub personal access token (PAT), but the GitHub event API is extremely rate-limited without one. You can provide the PAT via the --auth command-line option or via the authToken or authTokenEnv configuration fields described later. The public_repo permission should be sufficient.

> GitHubDigestBuilder digest.yaml --auth 1234567890123456789012345678901234567890

If multiple githubs are provided in the configuration, add an --auth option for each one.

--output

Use this option to specify an output directory relative to the current directory. The actual output file is named after the digest date, e.g. 2020-02-02.html.

> GitHubDigestBuilder digest.yaml --verbose

--verbose

If you want to see what GitHub APIs are being used, specify this option.

> GitHubDigestBuilder digest.yaml --verbose

--quiet

The tool normally writes the path of the output file to the console; use this option to suppress that.

> GitHubDigestBuilder digest.yaml --quiet

--date

Without this command-line option, the digest for yesterday is created. You can generate digests for older dates, but GitHub only provides access to the most recent events, so the tool is most reliable when generating a digest for yesterday, ideally early in the morning before much activity happens today.

> GitHubDigestBuilder digest.yaml --date 2020-02-02

Configuration

The configuration file is primarily used to indicate which GitHub repositories you’d like to monitor. It can also be used to monitor individual users, exclude events from individual users, etc. For example:

github:
  repos:
    - user: ejball
    - org: FacilityApi
  users:
    - name: ejball
  excludes:
    - user: dependabot-preview[bot]
outputDirectory: ejball

The configuration file can use YAML or JSON.

Root Fields

These fields are supported at the root of the configuration file.

github / githubs

Specifies the GitHub configuration. Use githubs to specify an array of configurations, e.g. to generate a single report for both GitHub and GitHub Enterprise.

outputDirectory

Specifies an output directory relative to the directory containing the configuration file. Only used if --output is not specified on the command-line.

timeZoneOffsetHours

The tool uses local time by default, but this field can be used to override that with the number of hours time is offset from UTC.

culture

The tool uses local culture by default, but this field can be used to override that with the specified culture, e.g. en-US, es-MX, etc.

cacheDirectory

By default, GitHub API cache files are stored in the user’s temp directory under a GitHubDigestBuilderCache subdirectory. This field can be used to override that.

GitHub Fields

These fields are supported by the github or githubs objects.

enterprise

Public GitHub is used by default, but this field can be set to the host of a GitHub Enterprise instance.

authToken

The GitHub personal access token to use with this GitHub instance. If the configuration file is not in a secure location, the authTokenEnv field or the --auth command-line option may be preferrable.

authTokenEnv

The name of the environment variable with the GitHub personal access token to use with this GitHub instance.

repos

Objects that specify the repositories to watch for events, if any. (See below for fields.)

users

Objects that specify the users to watch for events, if any. (See below for fields.)

excludes

Objects that specify users that should be excluded, e.g. “bot” users. (See below for fields.)

Repo Fields

These fields are supported by the repos objects.

name

The full name of the repository to watch, including the organization/user and the repository name.

  repos:
    - name: FacilityApi/FacilityCSharp
    - name: ejball/GitHubDigestBuilder

org

Watches all repositories of the specified organization.

  repos:
    - org: FacilityApi

user

Watches all repositories of the specified user.

  repos:
    - user: ejball

topic

Only includes repositories with the specified topic. Used with org or user.

  repos:
    - org: FacilityApi
      topic: codegen

User Fields

These fields are supported by the users objects.

name

The name of the user to watch. That user’s events will still be organized by repository.

  users:
    - name: ejball

Exclude Fields

These fields are supported by the excludes objects.

Names in exclude fields are case-insensitive. Use an asterisk (*) to match zero or more characters; all matching names will be excluded.

user

The name of the user to exclude. Events triggered by that user will not be shown.

  excludes:
    - user: dependabot-preview[bot]

repo

The name of the repository to exclude. Events triggered by that repository will not be shown.

  excludes:
    - repo: FacilityApi/RepoTemplate