About GitHub Packages
GitHub Packages is a platform for hosting and managing packages, including containers and other dependencies. GitHub Packages combines your source code and packages in one place to provide integrated permissions management, so you can centralize your software development on GitHub Enterprise Server.
You can integrate GitHub Packages with GitHub Enterprise Server APIs, GitHub Actions, and webhooks to create an end-to-end DevOps workflow that includes your code, CI, and deployment solutions.
GitHub Packages offers different package registries for commonly used package managers, such as npm, RubyGems, Apache Maven, Gradle, Docker, and NuGet. For more information on the different package registries that GitHub Packages supports, see "Working with a GitHub Packages registry."
You can view a package's README, as well as metadata such as licensing, download statistics, version history, and more on GitHub Enterprise Server. For more information, see "Viewing packages."
For more information about the configuration of GitHub Packages on GitHub Enterprise Server, see "Getting started with GitHub Packages for your enterprise."
Overview of package permissions and visibility
|Permissions||Each package inherits the permissions of the repository where the package is hosted. |
For example, anyone with read permissions for a repository can install a package as a dependency in a project, and anyone with write permissions can publish a new package version.
|Visibility||You can publish packages in a public repository (public packages) to share with everyone on your enterprise, or in a private repository (private packages) to share with collaborators or an organization.|
For more information, see "About permissions for GitHub Packages."
Supported clients and formats
GitHub Packages uses the native package tooling commands you're already familiar with to publish and install package versions.
Support for package registries
|Language||Description||Package format||Package client|
|Ruby||RubyGems package manager|
|Java||Apache Maven project management and comprehension tool|
|Java||Gradle build automation tool for Java|
|.NET||NuGet package management for .NET|
|N/A||Docker container management|
Note: When enabling the Docker registry, we highly recommend also enabling subdomain isolation. For more information, see "Enabling subdomain isolation."
For more information about configuring your package client for use with GitHub Packages, see "Working with a GitHub Packages registry."
Authenticating to GitHub Packages
You need an access token to publish, install, and delete private, internal, and public packages.
You can use a personal access token to authenticate to GitHub Packages or the GitHub Enterprise Server API. When you create a personal access token, you can assign the token different scopes depending on your needs. For more information about packages-related scopes for a personal access token, see "About permissions for GitHub Packages."
To authenticate to a GitHub Packages registry within a GitHub Actions workflow, you can use:
GITHUB_TOKENto publish packages associated with the workflow repository.
- a personal access token with at least
packages:readscope to install packages associated with other private repositories (which
For more information about
GITHUB_TOKEN used in GitHub Actions workflows, see "Authentication in a workflow."
You can delete a private or public package in the GitHub Enterprise Server user interface. Or for repo-scoped packages, you can delete a version of a private package using GraphQL.
When you use the GraphQL API to query and delete private packages, you must use the same personal access token you use to authenticate to GitHub Packages.
For more information, see "Deleting and restoring a package" and "Forming calls with GraphQL."
You can configure webhooks to subscribe to package-related events, such as when a package is published or updated. For more information, see the "
package webhook event."
If you need support for GitHub Packages, please contact your site administrators.