GitHub CLI quickstart

Start using GitHub CLI to work with GitHub in the command line.

About GitHub CLI

GitHub CLI is an open source tool for using GitHub from your computer's command line. When you're working from the command line, you can use the GitHub CLI to save time and avoid switching context.

Getting started

  1. Install GitHub CLI on macOS, Windows, or Linux.

  2. In the command line, authenticate to GitHub.

    gh auth login

    To authenticate to GitHub.com, use the --hostname flag.

    gh auth login --hostname hostname
  3. Start working with GitHub in the command line. For example, find an issue to work on with gh issue status or gh issue list --assignee @me. Create a pull request with gh pr create. Review a pull request with gh pr checkout, gh pr diff and gh pr review.

Next steps

  • Tell GitHub CLI which text editor to use for commands that open a text editor. For example, enter gh config set editor "code -w" to set your preferred text editor to Visual Studio Code. For more information, see gh config set.

  • Define aliases for commands that you commonly run. For example, if you run gh alias set prd "pr create --draft", you will then be able to run gh prd to quickly open a draft pull request. For more information, see gh alias.

  • Create or add custom commands with GitHub CLI extensions. For more information, see "Using GitHub CLI extensions" and "Creating GitHub CLI extensions."

  • For more information about all of the commands that you can run with GitHub CLI, see "GitHub CLI reference."

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