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Managing notifications from your inbox

Use your inbox to quickly triage and sync your notifications across email.

Note: GitHub for mobile is currently in beta for GitHub Enterprise Server 3.0 and subject to change.

About your inbox

To access your notifications inbox, in the upper-right corner of any page, click .

Notification indicating any unread message

Your inbox shows all of the notifications that you haven't unsubscribed to or marked as Done. You can customize your inbox to best suit your workflow using filters, viewing all or just unread notifications, and grouping your notifications to get a quick overview.

inbox view

By default, your inbox will show read and unread notifications. To only see unread notifications, click Unread or use the is:unread query.

unread inbox view

Triaging options

You have several options for triaging notifications from your inbox.

Triaging optionDescription
SaveSaves your notification for later review. To save a notification, to the right of the notification, click .

Saved notifications are kept indefinitely and can be viewed by clicking Saved in the sidebar or with the is:saved query. If your saved notification is older than 5 months and becomes unsaved, the notification will disappear from your inbox within a day.
DoneMarks a notification as completed and removes the notification from your inbox. You can see all completed notifications by clicking Done in the sidebar or with the is:done query. Notifications marked as Done are saved for 5 months.
UnsubscribeAutomatically removes the notification from your inbox and unsubscribes you from the conversation until you are @mentioned, a team you're on is @mentioned, or you're requested for review.
ReadMarks a notification as read. To only view read notifications in your inbox, use the is:read query. This query doesn't include notifications marked as Done.
UnreadMarks notification as unread. To only view unread notifications in your inbox, use the is:unread query.

To see the available keyboard shortcuts, see "Keyboard Shortcuts."

Before choosing a triage option, you can preview your notification's details first and investigate. For more information, see "Triaging a single notification."

Triaging multiple notifications at the same time

To triage multiple notifications at once, select the relevant notifications and use the drop-down to choose a triage option.

Drop-down menu with triage options and selected notifications

Default notification filters

By default, your inbox has filters for when you are assigned, participating in a thread, requested to review a pull request, or when your username is @mentioned directly or a team you're a member of is @mentioned.

Default custom filters

Customizing your inbox with custom filters

You can add up to 15 of your own custom filters.

  1. In the upper-right corner of any page, click . Notification indicating any unread message

  2. To open the filter settings, in the left sidebar, next to "Filters", click .

    Tip: You can quickly preview a filter's inbox results by creating a query in your inbox view and clicking Save, which opens the custom filter settings.

  3. Add a name for your filter and a filter query. For example, to only see notifications for a specific repository, you can create a filter using the query repo:octocat/open-source-project-name reason:participating. You can also add emojis with a native emoji keyboard. For a list of supported search queries, see "Supported queries for custom filters."

    Custom filter example

  4. Click Create.

Custom filter limitations

Custom filters do not currently support:

  • Full text search in your inbox, including searching for pull request or issue titles.
  • Distinguishing between the is:issue, is:pr, and is:pull-request query filters. These queries will return both issues and pull requests.
  • Creating more than 15 custom filters.
  • Changing the default filters or their order.
  • Search exclusion using NOT or -QUALIFIER.

Supported queries for custom filters

These are the types of filters that you can use:

  • Filter by repository with repo:
  • Filter by discussion type with is:
  • Filter by notification reason with reason:

Supported repo: queries

To add a repo: filter, you must include the owner of the repository in the query: repo:owner/repository. An owner is the organization or the user who owns the GitHub asset that triggers the notification. For example, repo:octo-org/octo-repo will show notifications triggered in the octo-repo repository within the octo-org organization.

Supported is: queries

To filter notifications for specific activity on GitHub Enterprise Server, you can use the is query. For example, to only see repository invitation updates, use is:repository-invitation, and to only see security alerts, use is:repository-vulnerability-alert.

  • is:check-suite
  • is:commit
  • is:gist
  • is:issue-or-pull-request
  • is:release
  • is:repository-invitation
  • is:repository-vulnerability-alert
  • is:repository-advisory
  • is:team-discussion

For information about reducing noise from notifications for security alerts, see "Configuring notifications for vulnerable dependencies."

You can also use the is: query to describe how the notification was triaged.

  • is:saved
  • is:done
  • is:unread
  • is:read

Supported reason: queries

To filter notifications by why you've received an update, you can use the reason: query. For example, to see notifications when you (or a team you're on) is requested to review a pull request, use reason:review-requested. For more information, see "About notifications."

reason:assignWhen there's an update on an issue or pull request you've been assigned to.
reason:authorWhen you opened a pull request or issue and there has been an update or new comment.
reason:commentWhen you commented on an issue, pull request, or team discussion.
reason:participatingWhen you have commented on an issue, pull request, or team discussion or you have been @mentioned.
reason:invitationWhen you're invited to a team, organization, or repository.
reason:manualWhen you click Subscribe on an issue or pull request you weren't already subscribed to.
reason:mentionYou were directly @mentioned.
reason:review-requestedYou or a team you're on have been requested to review a pull request.
reason:security-alertWhen a security alert is issued for a repository.
reason:state-changeWhen the state of a pull request or issue is changed. For example, an issue is closed or a pull request is merged.
reason:team-mentionWhen a team you're a member of is @mentioned.
reason:ci-activityWhen a repository has a CI update, such as a new workflow run status.