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Removing self-hosted runners

You can permanently remove a self-hosted runner from GitHub Actions.

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Removing a runner from a repository

Note: This procedure permanently removes the self-hosted runner. If you only want to temporarily stop a runner from being assigned jobs, you can either shut down the machine or stop the run application. The runner will remain assigned in an "Offline" state, and won't execute any jobs until you restart the runner using the run application.

A self-hosted runner is automatically removed from GitHub if it has not connected to GitHub Actions for more than 30 days.

To remove a self-hosted runner from a user repository you must be the repository owner. For an organization repository, you must be an organization owner or have admin access to the repository. We recommend that you also have access to the self-hosted runner machine.

Alternatively, if you don't have access to the repository on GitHub to remove a runner (for example, the repository has been deleted), but you would like to re-use the runner machine, then you can delete the .runner file inside the self-hosted runner application directory. This allows the runner to be registered to another repository or organization without having to re-download the self-hosted runner application.

  1. On GitHub, navigate to the main page of the repository.

  2. Under your repository name, click Settings.

    Repository settings button

  3. In the left sidebar, click Actions.

    Actions setting

  4. Under "Self-hosted runners", find the runner you want to remove, open the menu using , and click Remove:

    Removing a self-hosted runner setting

  5. You will see instructions for removing the self-hosted runner. Complete either of the following steps to remove the runner, depending on whether it is still accessible:

    • If you have access to the runner machine: Follow the on-screen instructions for your machine's operating system to run the removal command. The instructions include the required URL and an automatically-generated, time-limited token.

      The removal command does the following tasks:

      • Removes the runner from GitHub.
      • Removes any self-hosted runner application configuration files on the machine.
      • Removes any services configured if not running in interactive mode.
    • If you don't have access to the machine: Click Yes, force remove this runner to force GitHub to remove the runner.

Removing a runner from an organization

Note: This procedure permanently removes the self-hosted runner. If you only want to temporarily stop a runner from being assigned jobs, you can either shut down the machine or stop the run application. The runner will remain assigned in an "Offline" state, and won't execute any jobs until you restart the runner using the run application.

A self-hosted runner is automatically removed from GitHub if it has not connected to GitHub Actions for more than 30 days.

To remove a self-hosted runner from an organization, you must be an organization owner. We recommend that you also have access to the self-hosted runner machine.

Alternatively, if you don't have access to the organization on GitHub to remove a runner (for example, the organization has been deleted), but you would like to re-use the runner machine, then you can delete the .runner file inside the self-hosted runner application directory. This allows the runner to be registered to another organization or repository without having to re-download the self-hosted runner application.

  1. On GitHub, navigate to the main page of the organization.

  2. Under your organization name, click Settings.

    Organization settings button

  3. In the left sidebar, click Actions.

    Actions setting

  4. Under "Self-hosted runners", find the runner you want to remove, open the menu using , and click Remove:

    Removing a self-hosted runner setting

  5. You will see instructions for removing the self-hosted runner. Complete either of the following steps to remove the runner, depending on whether it is still accessible:

    • If you have access to the runner machine: Follow the on-screen instructions for your machine's operating system to run the removal command. The instructions include the required URL and an automatically-generated, time-limited token.

      The removal command does the following tasks:

      • Removes the runner from GitHub.
      • Removes any self-hosted runner application configuration files on the machine.
      • Removes any services configured if not running in interactive mode.
    • If you don't have access to the machine: Click Yes, force remove this runner to force GitHub to remove the runner.

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