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The REST API is now versioned. For more information, see "About API versioning."

REST API endpoints for collaborators

Use the REST API to manage collaborators for a repository.

List repository collaborators

For organization-owned repositories, the list of collaborators includes outside collaborators, organization members that are direct collaborators, organization members with access through team memberships, organization members with access through default organization permissions, and organization owners. Organization members with write, maintain, or admin privileges on the organization-owned repository can use this endpoint.

Team members will include the members of child teams.

The authenticated user must have push access to the repository to use this endpoint.

OAuth app tokens and personal access tokens (classic) need the read:org and repo scopes to use this endpoint.

Fine-grained access tokens for "List repository collaborators"

This endpoint works with the following fine-grained token types:

The fine-grained token must have the following permission set:

  • "Metadata" repository permissions (read)

Parameters for "List repository collaborators"

Headers
Name, Type, Description
accept string

Setting to application/vnd.github+json is recommended.

Path parameters
Name, Type, Description
owner string Required

The account owner of the repository. The name is not case sensitive.

repo string Required

The name of the repository without the .git extension. The name is not case sensitive.

Query parameters
Name, Type, Description
affiliation string

Filter collaborators returned by their affiliation. outside means all outside collaborators of an organization-owned repository. direct means all collaborators with permissions to an organization-owned repository, regardless of organization membership status. all means all collaborators the authenticated user can see.

Default: all

Can be one of: outside, direct, all

permission string

Filter collaborators by the permissions they have on the repository. If not specified, all collaborators will be returned.

Can be one of: pull, triage, push, maintain, admin

per_page integer

The number of results per page (max 100). For more information, see "Using pagination in the REST API."

Default: 30

page integer

The page number of the results to fetch. For more information, see "Using pagination in the REST API."

Default: 1

HTTP response status codes for "List repository collaborators"

Status codeDescription
200

OK

404

Resource not found

Code samples for "List repository collaborators"

Request example

get/repos/{owner}/{repo}/collaborators
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curl -L \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ -H "X-GitHub-Api-Version: 2022-11-28" \ http(s)://HOSTNAME/api/v3/repos/OWNER/REPO/collaborators

Response

Status: 200
[ { "login": "octocat", "id": 1, "node_id": "MDQ6VXNlcjE=", "avatar_url": "https://github.com/images/error/octocat_happy.gif", "gravatar_id": "", "url": "https://HOSTNAME/users/octocat", "html_url": "https://github.com/octocat", "followers_url": "https://HOSTNAME/users/octocat/followers", "following_url": "https://HOSTNAME/users/octocat/following{/other_user}", "gists_url": "https://HOSTNAME/users/octocat/gists{/gist_id}", "starred_url": "https://HOSTNAME/users/octocat/starred{/owner}{/repo}", "subscriptions_url": "https://HOSTNAME/users/octocat/subscriptions", "organizations_url": "https://HOSTNAME/users/octocat/orgs", "repos_url": "https://HOSTNAME/users/octocat/repos", "events_url": "https://HOSTNAME/users/octocat/events{/privacy}", "received_events_url": "https://HOSTNAME/users/octocat/received_events", "type": "User", "site_admin": false, "permissions": { "pull": true, "triage": true, "push": true, "maintain": false, "admin": false }, "role_name": "write" } ]

Check if a user is a repository collaborator

For organization-owned repositories, the list of collaborators includes outside collaborators, organization members that are direct collaborators, organization members with access through team memberships, organization members with access through default organization permissions, and organization owners.

Team members will include the members of child teams.

The authenticated user must have push access to the repository to use this endpoint.

OAuth app tokens and personal access tokens (classic) need the read:org and repo scopes to use this endpoint.

Fine-grained access tokens for "Check if a user is a repository collaborator"

This endpoint works with the following fine-grained token types:

The fine-grained token must have the following permission set:

  • "Metadata" repository permissions (read)

Parameters for "Check if a user is a repository collaborator"

Headers
Name, Type, Description
accept string

Setting to application/vnd.github+json is recommended.

Path parameters
Name, Type, Description
owner string Required

The account owner of the repository. The name is not case sensitive.

repo string Required

The name of the repository without the .git extension. The name is not case sensitive.

username string Required

The handle for the GitHub user account.

HTTP response status codes for "Check if a user is a repository collaborator"

Status codeDescription
204

Response if user is a collaborator

404

Not Found if user is not a collaborator

Code samples for "Check if a user is a repository collaborator"

Request example

get/repos/{owner}/{repo}/collaborators/{username}
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curl -L \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ -H "X-GitHub-Api-Version: 2022-11-28" \ http(s)://HOSTNAME/api/v3/repos/OWNER/REPO/collaborators/USERNAME

Response if user is a collaborator

Status: 204

Add a repository collaborator

This endpoint triggers notifications. Creating content too quickly using this endpoint may result in secondary rate limiting. For more information, see "Rate limits for the API" and "Best practices for using the REST API."

Adding an outside collaborator may be restricted by enterprise administrators. For more information, see "Enforcing repository management policies in your enterprise."

For more information on permission levels, see "Repository permission levels for an organization". There are restrictions on which permissions can be granted to organization members when an organization base role is in place. In this case, the permission being given must be equal to or higher than the org base permission. Otherwise, the request will fail with:

Cannot assign {member} permission of {role name}

Note that, if you choose not to pass any parameters, you'll need to set Content-Length to zero when calling out to this endpoint. For more information, see "HTTP method."

Updating an existing collaborator's permission level

The endpoint can also be used to change the permissions of an existing collaborator without first removing and re-adding the collaborator. To change the permissions, use the same endpoint and pass a different permission parameter. The response will be a 204, with no other indication that the permission level changed.

Fine-grained access tokens for "Add a repository collaborator"

This endpoint works with the following fine-grained token types:

The fine-grained token must have the following permission set:

  • "Administration" repository permissions (write)

Parameters for "Add a repository collaborator"

Headers
Name, Type, Description
accept string

Setting to application/vnd.github+json is recommended.

Path parameters
Name, Type, Description
owner string Required

The account owner of the repository. The name is not case sensitive.

repo string Required

The name of the repository without the .git extension. The name is not case sensitive.

username string Required

The handle for the GitHub user account.

Body parameters
Name, Type, Description
permission string

The permission to grant the collaborator. Only valid on organization-owned repositories.

Default: push

HTTP response status codes for "Add a repository collaborator"

Status codeDescription
204

Response when:

  • an existing collaborator is added as a collaborator
  • an organization member is added as an individual collaborator
  • an existing team member (whose team is also a repository collaborator) is added as an individual collaborator
403

Forbidden

422

Validation failed, or the endpoint has been spammed.

Code samples for "Add a repository collaborator"

Request example

put/repos/{owner}/{repo}/collaborators/{username}
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curl -L \ -X PUT \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ -H "X-GitHub-Api-Version: 2022-11-28" \ http(s)://HOSTNAME/api/v3/repos/OWNER/REPO/collaborators/USERNAME \ -d '{"permission":"triage"}'

Response when:

  • an existing collaborator is added as a collaborator
  • an organization member is added as an individual collaborator
  • an existing team member (whose team is also a repository collaborator) is added as an individual collaborator

Status: 204

Remove a repository collaborator

Removes a collaborator from a repository.

To use this endpoint, the authenticated user must either be an administrator of the repository or target themselves for removal.

This endpoint also:

  • Cancels any outstanding invitations
  • Unasigns the user from any issues
  • Removes access to organization projects if the user is not an organization member and is not a collaborator on any other organization repositories.
  • Unstars the repository
  • Updates access permissions to packages

Removing a user as a collaborator has the following effects on forks:

  • If the user had access to a fork through their membership to this repository, the user will also be removed from the fork.
  • If the user had their own fork of the repository, the fork will be deleted.
  • If the user still has read access to the repository, open pull requests by this user from a fork will be denied.

Note

A user can still have access to the repository through organization permissions like base repository permissions.

Although the API responds immediately, the additional permission updates might take some extra time to complete in the background.

For more information on fork permissions, see "About permissions and visibility of forks".

Fine-grained access tokens for "Remove a repository collaborator"

This endpoint works with the following fine-grained token types:

The fine-grained token must have the following permission set:

  • "Administration" repository permissions (write)

Parameters for "Remove a repository collaborator"

Headers
Name, Type, Description
accept string

Setting to application/vnd.github+json is recommended.

Path parameters
Name, Type, Description
owner string Required

The account owner of the repository. The name is not case sensitive.

repo string Required

The name of the repository without the .git extension. The name is not case sensitive.

username string Required

The handle for the GitHub user account.

HTTP response status codes for "Remove a repository collaborator"

Status codeDescription
204

No Content when collaborator was removed from the repository.

403

Forbidden

422

Validation failed, or the endpoint has been spammed.

Code samples for "Remove a repository collaborator"

Request example

delete/repos/{owner}/{repo}/collaborators/{username}
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curl -L \ -X DELETE \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ -H "X-GitHub-Api-Version: 2022-11-28" \ http(s)://HOSTNAME/api/v3/repos/OWNER/REPO/collaborators/USERNAME

No Content when collaborator was removed from the repository.

Status: 204

Get repository permissions for a user

Checks the repository permission of a collaborator. The possible repository permissions are admin, write, read, and none.

Note: The permission attribute provides the legacy base roles of admin, write, read, and none, where the maintain role is mapped to write and the triage role is mapped to read. To determine the role assigned to the collaborator, see the role_name attribute, which will provide the full role name, including custom roles. The permissions hash can also be used to determine which base level of access the collaborator has to the repository.

Fine-grained access tokens for "Get repository permissions for a user"

This endpoint works with the following fine-grained token types:

The fine-grained token must have the following permission set:

  • "Metadata" repository permissions (read)

Parameters for "Get repository permissions for a user"

Headers
Name, Type, Description
accept string

Setting to application/vnd.github+json is recommended.

Path parameters
Name, Type, Description
owner string Required

The account owner of the repository. The name is not case sensitive.

repo string Required

The name of the repository without the .git extension. The name is not case sensitive.

username string Required

The handle for the GitHub user account.

HTTP response status codes for "Get repository permissions for a user"

Status codeDescription
200

if user has admin permissions

404

Resource not found

Code samples for "Get repository permissions for a user"

Request example

get/repos/{owner}/{repo}/collaborators/{username}/permission
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curl -L \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ -H "X-GitHub-Api-Version: 2022-11-28" \ http(s)://HOSTNAME/api/v3/repos/OWNER/REPO/collaborators/USERNAME/permission

if user has admin permissions

Status: 200
{ "permission": "admin", "role_name": "admin", "user": { "login": "octocat", "id": 1, "node_id": "MDQ6VXNlcjE=", "avatar_url": "https://github.com/images/error/octocat_happy.gif", "gravatar_id": "", "url": "https://HOSTNAME/users/octocat", "html_url": "https://github.com/octocat", "followers_url": "https://HOSTNAME/users/octocat/followers", "following_url": "https://HOSTNAME/users/octocat/following{/other_user}", "gists_url": "https://HOSTNAME/users/octocat/gists{/gist_id}", "starred_url": "https://HOSTNAME/users/octocat/starred{/owner}{/repo}", "subscriptions_url": "https://HOSTNAME/users/octocat/subscriptions", "organizations_url": "https://HOSTNAME/users/octocat/orgs", "repos_url": "https://HOSTNAME/users/octocat/repos", "events_url": "https://HOSTNAME/users/octocat/events{/privacy}", "received_events_url": "https://HOSTNAME/users/octocat/received_events", "type": "User", "site_admin": false } }