Actions are often updated with bug fixes and new features to make automated processes more reliable, faster, and safer. When you enable Dependabot version updates for GitHub Actions, Dependabot will help ensure that references to actions in a repository's workflow.yml file and reusable workflows used inside workflows are kept up to date.
For each action in the file, Dependabot checks the action's reference (typically a version number or commit identifier associated with the action) against the latest version. For information about how action creators version their actions, see "Using release management for your custom actions."
If a more recent version of the action is available, Dependabot will send you a pull request that updates the reference in the workflow file to the latest version. For more information about Dependabot version updates, see "About Dependabot version updates." For more information about configuring workflows for GitHub Actions, see "Learn GitHub Actions."
Dependabot also checks workflow files for uses of reusable workflows, and updates the git reference for these called reusable workflows. For more information about reusable workflows, see "Reusing workflows."
Note: Workflow runs triggered by Dependabot pull requests run as if they are from a forked repository, and therefore use a read-only
GITHUB_TOKEN. These workflow runs cannot access any secrets. For information about strategies to keep these workflows secure, see "Security hardening for GitHub Actions."
You can configure Dependabot version updates to maintain your actions as well as the libraries and packages you depend on.
- If you have already enabled Dependabot version updates for other ecosystems or package managers, simply open the existing
dependabot.ymlfile. Otherwise, create a
dependabot.ymlconfiguration file in the
.githubdirectory of your repository. For more information, see "Configuring Dependabot version updates."
- Set the
"/"to check for workflow files in
- Set a
schedule.intervalto specify how often to check for new versions.
- Check the
dependabot.ymlconfiguration file in to the
.githubdirectory of the repository. If you have edited an existing file, save your changes.
You can also enable Dependabot version updates on forks. For more information, see "Configuring Dependabot version updates."
dependabot.yml file below configures version updates for GitHub Actions. The
directory must be set to
"/" to check for workflow files in
schedule.interval is set to
"weekly". After this file has been checked in or updated, Dependabot checks for new versions of your actions. Dependabot will raise pull requests for version updates for any outdated actions that it finds. After the initial version updates, Dependabot will continue to check for outdated versions of actions once a week.
# Set update schedule for GitHub Actions
- package-ecosystem: "github-actions"
# Check for updates to GitHub Actions every week
When enabling Dependabot version updates for actions, you must specify values for
schedule.interval. There are many more optional properties that you can set to further customize your version updates. For more information, see "Configuration options for the dependabot.yml file."