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Users

The Users API allows to get public and private information about the authenticated user.

About the Users API

Many of the resources on this API provide a shortcut for getting information about the currently authenticated user. If a request URL does not include a {username} parameter then the response will be for the logged in user (and you must pass authentication information with your request). Additional private information, such as whether a user has two-factor authentication enabled, is included when authenticated through basic auth or OAuth with the user scope.

Get the authenticated user

If the authenticated user is authenticated through basic authentication or OAuth with the user scope, then the response lists public and private profile information.

If the authenticated user is authenticated through OAuth without the user scope, then the response lists only public profile information.

HTTP response status codes

Status codeDescription
200

OK

304

Not modified

401

Requires authentication

403

Forbidden

Code samples

get/user
curl \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ http(s)://HOSTNAME/api/v3/user

Response with public and private profile information

Status: 200
{ "login": "octocat", "id": 1, "node_id": "MDQ6VXNlcjE=", "avatar_url": "https://github.com/images/error/octocat_happy.gif", "gravatar_id": "", "url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat", "html_url": "https://github.com/octocat", "followers_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/followers", "following_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/following{/other_user}", "gists_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/gists{/gist_id}", "starred_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/starred{/owner}{/repo}", "subscriptions_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/subscriptions", "organizations_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/orgs", "repos_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/repos", "events_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/events{/privacy}", "received_events_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/received_events", "type": "User", "site_admin": false, "name": "monalisa octocat", "company": "GitHub", "blog": "https://github.com/blog", "location": "San Francisco", "email": "octocat@github.com", "hireable": false, "bio": "There once was...", "public_repos": 2, "public_gists": 1, "followers": 20, "following": 0, "created_at": "2008-01-14T04:33:35Z", "updated_at": "2008-01-14T04:33:35Z", "private_gists": 81, "total_private_repos": 100, "owned_private_repos": 100, "disk_usage": 10000, "collaborators": 8, "two_factor_authentication": true, "plan": { "name": "Medium", "space": 400, "private_repos": 20, "collaborators": 0 } }

Update the authenticated user

Note: If your email is set to private and you send an email parameter as part of this request to update your profile, your privacy settings are still enforced: the email address will not be displayed on your public profile or via the API.

Parameters

Headers
Name, Type, Description
acceptstring

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

Body parameters
Name, Type, Description
namestring

The new name of the user.

emailstring

The publicly visible email address of the user.

blogstring

The new blog URL of the user.

twitter_usernamestring or null

The new Twitter username of the user.

companystring

The new company of the user.

locationstring

The new location of the user.

hireableboolean

The new hiring availability of the user.

biostring

The new short biography of the user.

HTTP response status codes

Status codeDescription
200

OK

304

Not modified

401

Requires authentication

403

Forbidden

404

Resource not found

422

Validation failed, or the endpoint has been spammed.

Code samples

patch/user
curl \ -X PATCH \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ http(s)://HOSTNAME/api/v3/user

Response

Status: 200
{ "login": "octocat", "id": 1, "node_id": "MDQ6VXNlcjE=", "avatar_url": "https://github.com/images/error/octocat_happy.gif", "gravatar_id": "", "url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat", "html_url": "https://github.com/octocat", "followers_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/followers", "following_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/following{/other_user}", "gists_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/gists{/gist_id}", "starred_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/starred{/owner}{/repo}", "subscriptions_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/subscriptions", "organizations_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/orgs", "repos_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/repos", "events_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/events{/privacy}", "received_events_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/received_events", "type": "User", "site_admin": false, "name": "monalisa octocat", "company": "GitHub", "blog": "https://github.com/blog", "location": "San Francisco", "email": "octocat@github.com", "hireable": false, "bio": "There once was...", "public_repos": 2, "public_gists": 1, "followers": 20, "following": 0, "created_at": "2008-01-14T04:33:35Z", "updated_at": "2008-01-14T04:33:35Z", "private_gists": 81, "total_private_repos": 100, "owned_private_repos": 100, "disk_usage": 10000, "collaborators": 8, "two_factor_authentication": true, "plan": { "name": "Medium", "space": 400, "private_repos": 20, "collaborators": 0 } }

List users

Works with GitHub Apps

Lists all users, in the order that they signed up on GitHub Enterprise Server. This list includes personal user accounts and organization accounts.

Note: Pagination is powered exclusively by the since parameter. Use the Link header to get the URL for the next page of users.

Parameters

Headers
Name, Type, Description
acceptstring

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

Query parameters
Name, Type, Description
sinceinteger

A user ID. Only return users with an ID greater than this ID.

per_pageinteger

The number of results per page (max 100).

Default: 30

HTTP response status codes

Status codeDescription
200

OK

304

Not modified

Code samples

get/users
curl \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ http(s)://HOSTNAME/api/v3/users

Response

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

Get a user

Works with GitHub Apps

Provides publicly available information about someone with a GitHub account.

GitHub Apps with the Plan user permission can use this endpoint to retrieve information about a user's GitHub Enterprise Server plan. The GitHub App must be authenticated as a user. See "Identifying and authorizing users for GitHub Apps" for details about authentication. For an example response, see 'Response with GitHub Enterprise Server plan information' below"

The email key in the following response is the publicly visible email address from your GitHub Enterprise Server profile page. When setting up your profile, you can select a primary email address to be “public” which provides an email entry for this endpoint. If you do not set a public email address for email, then it will have a value of null. You only see publicly visible email addresses when authenticated with GitHub Enterprise Server. For more information, see Authentication.

The Emails API enables you to list all of your email addresses, and toggle a primary email to be visible publicly. For more information, see "Emails API".

Parameters

Headers
Name, Type, Description
acceptstring

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

Path parameters
Name, Type, Description
usernamestringRequired

The handle for the GitHub user account.

HTTP response status codes

Status codeDescription
200

OK

404

Resource not found

Code samples

get/users/{username}
curl \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ http(s)://HOSTNAME/api/v3/users/USERNAME

Default response

Status: 200
{ "login": "octocat", "id": 1, "node_id": "MDQ6VXNlcjE=", "avatar_url": "https://github.com/images/error/octocat_happy.gif", "gravatar_id": "", "url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat", "html_url": "https://github.com/octocat", "followers_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/followers", "following_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/following{/other_user}", "gists_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/gists{/gist_id}", "starred_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/starred{/owner}{/repo}", "subscriptions_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/subscriptions", "organizations_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/orgs", "repos_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/repos", "events_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/events{/privacy}", "received_events_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/received_events", "type": "User", "site_admin": false, "name": "monalisa octocat", "company": "GitHub", "blog": "https://github.com/blog", "location": "San Francisco", "email": "octocat@github.com", "hireable": false, "bio": "There once was...", "twitter_username": "monatheoctocat", "public_repos": 2, "public_gists": 1, "followers": 20, "following": 0, "created_at": "2008-01-14T04:33:35Z", "updated_at": "2008-01-14T04:33:35Z" }

Get contextual information for a user

Provides hovercard information when authenticated through basic auth or OAuth with the repo scope. You can find out more about someone in relation to their pull requests, issues, repositories, and organizations.

The subject_type and subject_id parameters provide context for the person's hovercard, which returns more information than without the parameters. For example, if you wanted to find out more about octocat who owns the Spoon-Knife repository via cURL, it would look like this:

curl -u username:token
  https://api.github.com/users/octocat/hovercard?subject_type=repository&subject_id=1300192

Parameters

Headers
Name, Type, Description
acceptstring

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

Path parameters
Name, Type, Description
usernamestringRequired

The handle for the GitHub user account.

Query parameters
Name, Type, Description
subject_typestring

Identifies which additional information you'd like to receive about the person's hovercard. Can be organization, repository, issue, pull_request. Required when using subject_id.

Can be one of: organization, repository, issue, pull_request

subject_idstring

Uses the ID for the subject_type you specified. Required when using subject_type.

HTTP response status codes

Status codeDescription
200

OK

404

Resource not found

422

Validation failed, or the endpoint has been spammed.

Code samples

get/users/{username}/hovercard
curl \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ http(s)://HOSTNAME/api/v3/users/USERNAME/hovercard

Response

Status: 200
{ "contexts": [ { "message": "Owns this repository", "octicon": "repo" } ] }