GitHub AE release notes

December 6, 2021

GitHub began rolling these changes out to enterprises on December 6, 2021.

    Administration

  • Customers with active or trial subscriptions for GitHub AE can now provision GitHub AE resources from the Azure Portal. Your Azure subscription must be feature-flagged to access GitHub AE resources in the portal. Contact your account manager or GitHub's Sales team to validate your Azure subscription's eligibility. For more information, see "Setting up a trial of GitHub AE."

  • GitHub Actions

  • GitHub Actions is now generally available for GitHub AE. GitHub Actions is a powerful, flexible solution for CI/CD and workflow automation. For more information, see "Introduction to GitHub Actions."

  • Self-hosted runners are the default type of runner system on GitHub AE, and are now generally available for GitHub Actions. With self-hosted runners, you can manage your own machines or containers for the execution of GitHub Actions jobs. For more information, see "About self-hosted runners" and "Adding self-hosted runners."

  • Environments, environment protection rules, and environment secrets are now generally available for GitHub Actions on GitHub AE. For more information, see "Environments."

  • GitHub Actions can now generate a visual graph of your workflow on every run. With workflow visualization, you can achieve the following.

    • View and understand complex workflows.
    • Track progress of workflows in real-time.
    • Troubleshoot runs quickly by easily accessing logs and jobs metadata.
    • Monitor progress of deployment jobs and easily access deployment targets.

    For more information, see "Using the visualization graph."

  • GitHub Actions now lets you control the permissions granted to the GITHUB_TOKEN secret. The GITHUB_TOKEN is an automatically generated secret that lets you make authenticated calls to the API for GitHub AE in your workflow runs. GitHub Actions generates a new token for each job and expires the token when a job completes. The token has write permissions to a number of API endpoints except in the case of pull requests from forks, which are always read. These new settings allow you to follow a principle of least privilege in your workflows. For more information, see "Authentication in a workflow."

  • GitHub Actions now supports skipping push and pull_request workflows by looking for some common keywords in your commit message.

  • GitHub CLI 1.9 and later allows you to work with GitHub Actions in your terminal. For more information, see the GitHub Blog.

  • Code scanning

  • Code scanning is now in beta for GitHub AE. For more information, see "About code scanning."

  • Secret scanning

  • You can now specify your own patterns for secret scanning with the beta of custom patterns on GitHub AE. You can specify patterns for repositories, organizations, and your entire enterprise. When you specify a new pattern, secret scanning searches a repository's entire Git history for the pattern, as well as any new commits. For more information, see "Defining custom patterns for secret scanning."

  • GitHub Connect

  • GitHub Connect is now available in beta for GitHub AE. GitHub Connect brings the power of the world's largest open source community to your enterprise. You can allow users to view search results from GitHub.com on GitHub AE, show contribution counts from GitHub AE on GitHub.com, and use GitHub Actions from GitHub.com. For more information, see "Managing connections between your enterprise accounts."

  • GitHub Packages

  • You can now delete any package or package version for GitHub Packages from GitHub AE's web UI. You can also undo the deletion of any package or package version within 30 days. For more information, see "Deleting and restoring a package."

  • The npm registry for GitHub Packages and GitHub.com no longer returns a time value in metadata responses, providing substantial performance improvements. GitHub will continue returning the time value in the future.

  • Audit logging

  • Events for pull requests and pull request reviews are now included in the audit log for both enterprises and organizations. These events help administrators better monitor pull request activity and ensure security and compliance requirements are being met. Events can be viewed from the web UI, exported as CSV or JSON, or accessed via REST API. You can also search the audit log for specific pull request events.

  • Additional events for GitHub Actions are now included in the audit log for both enterprises and organizations.

    • A workflow is deleted or re-run.
    • A self-hosted runner's version is updated.
  • Authentication

  • GitHub AE now officially supports Okta for SAML single sign-on (SSO) and user provisioning with SCIM. You can also map groups in Okta to teams on GitHub AE. For more information, see "Configuring authentication and provisioning for your enterprise using Okta" and "Mapping Okta groups to teams."

  • The format of authentication tokens for GitHub AE has changed. The change affects the format of personal access tokens and access tokens for OAuth Apps, as well as user-to-server, server-to-server, and refresh tokens for GitHub Apps. GitHub recommends updating existing tokens as soon as possible to improve security and allow secret scanning to detect the tokens. For more information, see "About authentication to GitHub" and "About secret scanning."

  • You can now authenticate SSH connections to GitHub AE using a FIDO2 security key by adding an sk-ecdsa-sha2-nistp256@openssh.com SSH key to your account. SSH security keys store secret key material on a separate hardware device that requires verification, such as a tap, to operate. Storing the key on separate hardware and requiring physical interaction for your SSH key offers additional security. Since the key is stored on hardware and is non-extractable, the key can't be read or stolen by software running on the computer. The physical interaction prevents unauthorized use of the key since the security key will not operate until you physically interact with it. For more information, see "Generating a new SSH key and adding it to the ssh-agent."

  • Git Credential Manager (GCM) Core versions 2.0.452 and later now provide secure credential storage and multi-factor authentication support for GitHub AE. GCM Core with support for GitHub AE is included with Git for Windows versions 2.32 and later. GCM Core is not included with Git for macOS or Linux, but can be installed separately. For more information, see the latest release and installation instructions in the microsoft/Git-Credential-Manager-Core repository.

  • Notifications

  • You can now configure which events you would like to be notified about on GitHub AE. From any repository, select the Watch drop-down, then click Custom. For more information, see "Configuring notifications."

  • Issues and pull requests

  • With the latest version of Octicons, the states of issues and pull requests are now more visually distinct so you can scan status more easily. For more information, see the GitHub Blog.

  • You can now see all pull request review comments in the Files tab for a pull request by selecting the Conversations drop-down. You can also require that all pull request review comments are resolved before anyone merges the pull request. For more information, see "About pull request reviews" and "About protected branches." For more information about management of branch protection settings with the API, see "Branches" in the REST API documentation and "Mutations" in the GraphQL API documentation.

  • You can now upload video files everywhere you write Markdown on GitHub AE. Share demos, show reproduction steps, and more in issue and pull request comments, as well as in Markdown files within repositories, such as READMEs. For more information, see "Attaching files."

  • GitHub AE now shows a confirmation dialog when you request a review from a team with more than 100 members, allowing you to prevent unnecessary notifications for large teams.

  • When an issue or pull request has fewer than 30 possible assignees, the assignees control will list all potential users rather than a limited set of suggestions. This behavior helps people in small organizations to quickly find the right user. For more information about assigning users to issues and pull requests, see "Assigning issues and pull requests to other GitHub users."

  • You can now include multiple words after the # in a comment for an issue or pull request to further narrow your search. To dismiss the suggestions, press Esc.

  • To prevent the merge of unexpected changes after you enable auto-merge for a pull request, auto-merge is now disabled automatically when new changes are pushed by a user without write access to the repository. Users without write access can still update the pull request with changes from the base branch when auto-merge is enabled. To prevent a malicious user from using a merge conflict to introduce unexpected changes to the pull request, GitHub AE will disable auto-merge for the pull request if the update causes a merge conflict. For more information about auto-merge, see "Automatically merging a pull request."

  • People with maintain access can now manage the repository-level "Allow auto-merge" setting. This setting, which is off by default, controls whether auto-merge is available on pull requests in the repository. Previously, only people with admin access could manage this setting. Additionally, this setting can now by controlled using the "Create a repository" and "Update a repository" REST APIs. For more information, see "Managing auto-merge for pull requests in your repository."

  • The assignees selection for issues and pull requests now supports type ahead searching so you can find users in your organization faster. Additionally, search result rankings have been updated to prefer matches at the start of a person's username or profile name.

  • Repositories

  • When viewing the commit history for a file, you can now click to view the file at the specified time in the repository's history.

  • You can now use the web UI to synchronize an out-of-date branch for a fork with the fork's upstream branch. If there are no merge conflicts between the branches, GitHub AE updates your branch either by fast-forwarding or by merging from upstream. If there are conflicts, GitHub AE will prompt you to open pull request to resolve the conflicts. For more information, see "Syncing a fork."

  • You can now sort the repositories on a user or organization profile by star count.

  • The Repositories REST API's "compare two commits" endpoint, which returns a list of commits reachable from one commit or branch, but unreachable from another, now supports pagination. The API can also now return the results for comparisons over 250 commits. For more information, see the "Commits" REST API documentation and "Traversing with pagination."

  • When you define a submodule in your enterprise with a relative path, the submodule is now clickable in the web UI. Clicking the submodule in the web UI will take you to the linked repository. Previously, only submodules with absolute URLs were clickable. Relative paths for repositories with the same owner that follow the pattern ../REPOSITORY or relative paths for repositories with a different owner that follow the pattern ../OWNER/REPOSITORY are supported. For more information about working with submodules, see Working with submodules on the GitHub Blog.

  • By precomputing checksums, the amount of time a repository is under lock has reduced dramatically, allowing more write operations to succeed immediately and improving monorepo performance.

  • Releases

  • You can now react with emoji to all releases on GitHub AE. For more information, see "About releases."

  • Themes

  • Dark and dark dimmed themes are now available for the web UI. GitHub AE will match your system preferences when you haven't set theme preferences in GitHub AE. You can also customize the themes that are active during day and night. For more information, see "Managing your theme settings."

  • Markdown

  • Markdown files in your repositories now automatically generate a table of contents in the header the file has two or more headings. The table of contents is interactive and links to the corresponding section. All six Markdown heading levels are supported. For more information, see "About READMEs."

  • code markup is now supported in titles for issues and pull requests. Text within backticks (`) will appear rendered in a fixed-width font anywhere the issue or pull request title appears in the web UI for GitHub AE.

  • While editing Markdown in files, issues, pull requests, or comments, you can now use a keyboard shortcut to insert a code block. The keyboard shortcut is command + E on a Mac or Ctrl + E on other devices. For more information, see "Basic writing and formatting syntax."

  • You can append ?plain=1 to the URL for any Markdown file to display the file without rendering and with line numbers. You can use the plain view to link other users to specific lines. For example, appending ?plain=1#L52 will highlight line 52 of a plain text Markdown file. For more information, "Creating a permanent link to a code snippet."

  • GitHub Apps

  • API requests to create an installation access token now respect IP allow lists for an enterprise or organization. Any API requests made with an installation access token for a GitHub App installed on your organization already respect IP allow lists. This feature does not currently consider any Azure network security group (NSG) rules that GitHub Support has configured for your enterprise. For more information, see "Restricting network traffic to your enterprise," "Managing allowed IP addresses for your organization," and "Apps" in the REST API documentation.

  • Webhooks

  • You can now programmatically resend or check the status of webhooks through the REST API. For more information, see "Repositories," "Organizations," and "Apps" in the REST API documentation.

Week of March 3, 2021

GitHub began rolling these changes out to enterprises on March 3, 2021.

    GitHub Actions beta

  • GitHub Actions is a powerful, flexible solution for CI/CD and workflow automation. For more information, see "Introduction to GitHub Actions."

    Please note that when GitHub Actions is enabled during this upgrade, two organizations named "GitHub Actions" (@actions and @github) will appear in your enterprise. These organizations are required by GitHub Actions. Users named @ghost and @actions appear as the actors for creation of these organizations in the audit log.

  • GitHub Packages beta

  • GitHub Packages is a package hosting service, natively integrated with GitHub Actions, APIs, and webhooks. Create an end-to-end DevOps workflow that includes your code, continuous integration, and deployment solutions. During this beta, GitHub Packages is offered free of charge to GitHub AE customers.

  • GitHub Advanced Security beta

  • GitHub Advanced Security is available in beta and includes both code scanning and secret scanning. During this beta, GitHub Advanced Security features are being offered free of charge to GitHub AE customers. Repository and organization administrators can opt-in to use GitHub Advanced Security in the Security and Analysis tab under settings.

    Learn more about GitHub Advanced Security code scanning and secret scanning on GitHub AE.

  • Manage teams from your identity provider (IdP)

  • Customers using SCIM (System for Cross-domain Identity Management) can now sync security groups in Azure Active Directory with GitHub teams. Once a team has been linked to a security group, membership will be automatically updated in GitHub AE when a user is added or removed from their assigned security group.

  • IP allow lists beta

  • GitHub IP allow lists provide the ability to filter traffic from administrator-specified IP ranges, defined by CIDR notation. The allow list is defined at the enterprise or organization account level in Security > Settings. All traffic that attempts to reach resources within the enterprise account and organizations are filtered by the IP allow lists. This functionality is provided in addition to the ability to request network security group changes that filter traffic to the entirety of the GHAE tenant.

    Developer Changes

  • Organization owners can now disable publication of GitHub Pages sites from repositories in the organization. This will not unpublish existing sites.

  • Repositories that use GitHub Pages can now build and deploy from any branch.

  • When writing an issue or pull request, the list syntax for bullets, numbers, and tasks will now be autocompleted after you press return or enter.

  • You can now delete a directory in a repository from the repository page. When navigating to a directory, a new kebab button next to the "Add file" button gives the option to delete the directory.

  • It's now easier and faster to reference issues or pull requests, with search across multiple words after the "#".

  • Administration changes

  • Enterprise owners can now publish a mandatory message. The message is shown to all users and they must acknowledge it. This can be used to display important information, terms of service or policies.

  • The GitHub App single file path permission can now support up to ten files.

  • When configuring a GitHub App, the authorization callback URL is a required field. Now we will permit the integrator to specify multiple callback URLs. GitHub AE denies authorization if the callback URL from the request is not listed.

  • A new API endpoint enables the exchange of a user to server token for a user to server token scoped to specific repositories.

  • Events are now logged in the audit log on promoting a team member to be a team maintainer and on demoting a team maintainer to be a team member.

  • The OAuth device authorization flow is now supported. This allows any CLI client or developer tool to authenticate using a secondary system.

  • A user can no longer delete their account if SCIM provisioning is enabled.

  • Default branch renaming

  • Enterprise and organization owners can now set the default branch name for new repositories. Enterprise owners can also enforce their choice of default branch name across all organizations or allow individual organizations to choose their own.

    Existing repositories are unaffected by these settings, and their default branch name will not be changed.

    This change is one of many changes GitHub is making to support projects and maintainers that want to rename their default branch. To learn more, see github/renaming.

    Bug fixes

  • Users can no longer set a backup email address on their profile. Their email address is set through the IdP only.

  • You can no longer enable two-factor authentication after configuring authentication through your IdP.

  • GitHub AE can now connect to Azure Boards.

  • Version headers were missing from the APIs, and have now been set to "GitHub AE."

  • Links to documentation have been fixed.

  • Configuration of audit log forwarding within the enterprise's settings was failing.

  • Navigating to gists could result in a 500 error.

  • The Support email or URL was failing to save. It now saves after a period of a few minutes.

  • Organization level pull request templates were not being applied to all pull requests in the organization.

    Known issues

  • Geographic location data is not shown in the audit log. Location information can otherwise be discerned from the IP address associated with each event.

  • The link to GitHub Packages from a repository page shows an incorrect search page when that repository does not have any packages.

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