Article version: Enterprise Server 2.17
Configuring protected branches
If you're a repository owner or have admin permissions in a repository, you can customize branch protections in the repository and enforce certain workflows, such as requiring more than one pull request review or requiring certain status checks to pass before allowing a pull request to merge.
Protected branches are available in public repositories with GitHub Free and GitHub Free for organizations, and in public and private repositories with GitHub Pro, GitHub Team, GitHub Enterprise Cloud, and GitHub Enterprise Server.
You can create a branch rule in a repository for a specific branch, all branches, or any branch that matches a naming pattern specified with the fnmatch syntax. For example, to require any branch containing the word
release to have at least two pull request reviews before merging, you can create a branch rule for
You can also set up automatic branch protection for all branches in your repository with the wildcard syntax
*. Because GitHub uses the
File::FNM_PATHNAME flag for the
File.fnmatch syntax, the wildcard does not match directory separators (
/). For example,
qa/* will match all branches beginning with
qa/ and containing a single slash. You can include multiple slashes with
qa/**/*, and you can extend the
qa string with
qa**/**/* to make it more inclusive. For more information about syntax options for branch rules, see the fnmatch documentation.
To create an exception to an existing branch rule, you can create a new branch protection rule that is higher priority, such as a branch rule for a specific branch name. For more information about the priority order and other settings for protected branch rules, see "About protected branches."
Note: To create a branch rule, the branch you specify doesn't have to exist yet in the repository.
- On GitHub Enterprise, navigate to the main page of the repository.
- Under your repository name, click
- In the left menu, click Branches.
- Next to "Branch protection rules", click Add rule.
- Under "Branch name pattern", type the branch name or pattern you want to protect.
- Optionally, you can configure specific branch rule settings.
- To confirm your branch protection rule, click Create or Save changes.