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After a site administrator upgrades your Enterprise Server instance to Enterprise Server 3.9 or later, the REST API will be versioned. To learn how to find your instance's version, see "About versions of GitHub Docs". For more information, see "About API versioning."

Deploy keys

Use the REST API to create and manage deploy keys.

About deploy keys

You can launch projects from a repository on your GitHub Enterprise Server instance to your server by using a deploy key, which is an SSH key that grants access to a single repository. GitHub Enterprise Server attaches the public part of the key directly to your repository instead of a personal account, and the private part of the key remains on your server. For more information, see "Delivering deployments."

Deploy keys can either be set up using the following API endpoints, or by using the GitHub web interface. To learn how to set deploy keys up in the web interface, see "Managing deploy keys."

There are a few cases when a deploy key will be deleted by other activity:

  • If the deploy key is created with a personal access token, deleting the personal access token will also delete the deploy key. Regenerating the personal access token will not delete the deploy key.
  • If the deploy key is created with an OAuth app token, revoking the token will also delete the deploy key.

Conversely, these activities will not delete a deploy key:

  • If the deploy key is created with a GitHub App user access token, revoking the token will not delete the deploy key.
  • If the deploy key is created with a GitHub App installation access token, uninstalling or deleting the app will not delete the deploy key.
  • If the deploy key is created with a personal access token, regenerating the personal access token will not delete the deploy key.

List deploy keys

Works with GitHub Apps

Parameters for "List deploy keys"

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
per_page integer

The number of results per page (max 100).

Default: 30

page integer

Page number of the results to fetch.

Default: 1

HTTP response status codes for "List deploy keys"

Status codeDescription
200

OK

Code samples for "List deploy keys"

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

Response

Status: 200
[ { "id": 1, "key": "ssh-rsa AAA...", "url": "https://HOSTNAME/repos/octocat/Hello-World/keys/1", "title": "octocat@octomac", "verified": true, "created_at": "2014-12-10T15:53:42Z", "read_only": true, "added_by": "octocat", "last_used": "2022-01-10T15:53:42Z" } ]

Create a deploy key

Works with GitHub Apps

You can create a read-only deploy key.

Parameters for "Create a deploy key"

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.

Body parameters
Name, Type, Description
title string

A name for the key.

key string Required

The contents of the key.

read_only boolean

If true, the key will only be able to read repository contents. Otherwise, the key will be able to read and write.

Deploy keys with write access can perform the same actions as an organization member with admin access, or a collaborator on a personal repository. For more information, see "Repository permission levels for an organization" and "Permission levels for a user account repository."

HTTP response status codes for "Create a deploy key"

Status codeDescription
201

Created

422

Validation failed, or the endpoint has been spammed.

Code samples for "Create a deploy key"

post/repos/{owner}/{repo}/keys
curl -L \ -X POST \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ http(s)://HOSTNAME/api/v3/repos/OWNER/REPO/keys \ -d '{"title":"octocat@octomac","key":"ssh-rsa AAA...","read_only":true}'

Response

Status: 201
{ "id": 1, "key": "ssh-rsa AAA...", "url": "https://HOSTNAME/repos/octocat/Hello-World/keys/1", "title": "octocat@octomac", "verified": true, "created_at": "2014-12-10T15:53:42Z", "read_only": true, "added_by": "octocat", "last_used": "2022-01-10T15:53:42Z" }

Get a deploy key

Works with GitHub Apps

Parameters for "Get a deploy key"

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.

key_id integer Required

The unique identifier of the key.

HTTP response status codes for "Get a deploy key"

Status codeDescription
200

OK

404

Resource not found

Code samples for "Get a deploy key"

get/repos/{owner}/{repo}/keys/{key_id}
curl -L \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ http(s)://HOSTNAME/api/v3/repos/OWNER/REPO/keys/KEY_ID

Response

Status: 200
{ "id": 1, "key": "ssh-rsa AAA...", "url": "https://HOSTNAME/repos/octocat/Hello-World/keys/1", "title": "octocat@octomac", "verified": true, "created_at": "2014-12-10T15:53:42Z", "read_only": true, "added_by": "octocat", "last_used": "2022-01-10T15:53:42Z" }

Delete a deploy key

Works with GitHub Apps

Deploy keys are immutable. If you need to update a key, remove the key and create a new one instead.

Parameters for "Delete a deploy key"

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.

key_id integer Required

The unique identifier of the key.

HTTP response status codes for "Delete a deploy key"

Status codeDescription
204

No Content

Code samples for "Delete a deploy key"

delete/repos/{owner}/{repo}/keys/{key_id}
curl -L \ -X DELETE \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ http(s)://HOSTNAME/api/v3/repos/OWNER/REPO/keys/KEY_ID

Response

Status: 204