PowerShell module to interact with Github

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I sometimes find myself in a situation where I need to do something on Github, but, because I still once in a while use Windows machines which don’t have any git installed, I have to go and use the Web UI, pretty clunky.

Github API

Fortunately github offers a great Rest API with an awesome documentation. https://developer.github.com/v3/

All calls to the Github API are over https and accept and respond with json.

From PowerShell it is very easy to interact with this web API via Invoke-WebRequest _or _curl.

The latter however is not the actual curl, but just an alias for Invoke-WebRequest.

Get-Alias curl

Github authentication

Most Github API calls need authentication to happen before interacting with the API.

In order to connect to Github there are two scenarios:

  • Username and Password
  • Username and Password and One Time Password

The One Time Password is only needed if the user you are using to authenticate has 2 Factor Authentication / Multi-Factor-Authentication enabled for Github.

PowerShell module for Github

The PowerShell module GithubConnect that I developed is currently (07/10/2015) available in version 0.5 and installable from the http://www.powershellgallery.com


Find it and install it through the PSGet module: https://www.powershellgallery.com/packages/GithubConnect

Find-Module -Name GithubConnect
Install-Module -Name GithubConnect

The following cmdlets are currently implemented in version 0.5:


Contributions welcome!

Of course, as always, if you want to add something to the module or would like to “properly” report and issue with the module, head over to Gitlab and check out the repository directly: https://gitlab.com/dobrien/GithubConnect

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