Gists

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Authentication

You can read public gists and create them for anonymous users without a token. To read or write gists on a user's behalf, you need the gist OAuth scope and a token. For more information, see "Scopes for OAuth Apps."

Truncation

The Gist API provides up to one megabyte of content for each file in the gist. Each file returned for a gist through the API has a key called truncated. If truncated is true, the file is too large and only a portion of the contents were returned in content.

If you need the full contents of the file, you can make a GET request to the URL specified by raw_url. Be aware that for files larger than ten megabytes, you'll need to clone the gist via the URL provided by git_pull_url.

In addition to a specific file's contents being truncated, the entire files list may be truncated if the total number exceeds 300 files. If the top level truncated key is true, only the first 300 files have been returned in the files list. If you need to fetch all of the gist's files, you'll need to clone the gist via the URL provided by git_pull_url.

Custom media types for gists

These are the supported media types for fetching gist contents.

application/vnd.github.VERSION.raw
application/vnd.github.VERSION.base64

For more information, see "Media types."

List gists for the authenticated user

Lists the authenticated user's gists or if called anonymously, this endpoint returns all public gists:

get /gists

Parameters

Name Type In Description
accept string header

Setting to application/vnd.github.v3+json is recommended

since string query

This is a timestamp in ISO 8601 format: YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SSZ. Only gists updated at or after this time are returned.

per_page integer query

Results per page (max 100)

page integer query

Page number of the results to fetch.

Code samples

Shell
curl \
  -H "Accept: application/vnd.github.v3+json" \
  https://{hostname}/gists
JavaScript (@octokit/core.js)
await octokit.request('GET /gists')

Default response

Status: 200 OK
[
  {
    "url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d",
    "forks_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/forks",
    "commits_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/commits",
    "id": "aa5a315d61ae9438b18d",
    "node_id": "MDQ6R2lzdGFhNWEzMTVkNjFhZTk0MzhiMThk",
    "git_pull_url": "https://gist.github.com/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d.git",
    "git_push_url": "https://gist.github.com/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d.git",
    "html_url": "https://gist.github.com/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d",
    "files": {
      "hello_world.rb": {
        "filename": "hello_world.rb",
        "type": "application/x-ruby",
        "language": "Ruby",
        "raw_url": "https://gist.githubusercontent.com/octocat/6cad326836d38bd3a7ae/raw/db9c55113504e46fa076e7df3a04ce592e2e86d8/hello_world.rb",
        "size": 167
      }
    },
    "public": true,
    "created_at": "2010-04-14T02:15:15Z",
    "updated_at": "2011-06-20T11:34:15Z",
    "description": "Hello World Examples",
    "comments": 0,
    "user": null,
    "comments_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/comments/",
    "owner": {
      "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
    },
    "truncated": false
  }
]

Create a gist

Allows you to add a new gist with one or more files.

Note: Don't name your files "gistfile" with a numerical suffix. This is the format of the automatic naming scheme that Gist uses internally.

post /gists

Parameters

Name Type In Description
accept string header

Setting to application/vnd.github.v3+json is recommended

files object body

Required. The filenames and content of each file in the gist. The keys in the files object represent the filename and have the type string.

description string body

A descriptive name for this gist.

public boolean body

When true, the gist will be public and available for anyone to see.

Code samples

Shell
curl \
  -X POST \
  -H "Accept: application/vnd.github.v3+json" \
  https://{hostname}/gists \
  -d '{"files":{}}'
JavaScript (@octokit/core.js)
await octokit.request('POST /gists', {
  files: {}
})

Default response

Status: 201 Created
{
  "url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d",
  "forks_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/forks",
  "commits_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/commits",
  "id": "aa5a315d61ae9438b18d",
  "node_id": "MDQ6R2lzdGFhNWEzMTVkNjFhZTk0MzhiMThk",
  "git_pull_url": "https://gist.github.com/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d.git",
  "git_push_url": "https://gist.github.com/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d.git",
  "html_url": "https://gist.github.com/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d",
  "files": {
    "hello_world.rb": {
      "filename": "hello_world.rb",
      "type": "application/x-ruby",
      "language": "Ruby",
      "raw_url": "https://gist.githubusercontent.com/octocat/6cad326836d38bd3a7ae/raw/db9c55113504e46fa076e7df3a04ce592e2e86d8/hello_world.rb",
      "size": 167,
      "truncated": false,
      "content": "class HelloWorld\n   def initialize(name)\n      @name = name.capitalize\n   end\n   def sayHi\n      puts \"Hello !\"\n   end\nend\n\nhello = HelloWorld.new(\"World\")\nhello.sayHi"
    },
    "hello_world.py": {
      "filename": "hello_world.py",
      "type": "application/x-python",
      "language": "Python",
      "raw_url": "https://gist.githubusercontent.com/octocat/e29f3839074953e1cc2934867fa5f2d2/raw/99c1bf3a345505c2e6195198d5f8c36267de570b/hello_world.py",
      "size": 199,
      "truncated": false,
      "content": "class HelloWorld:\n\n    def __init__(self, name):\n        self.name = name.capitalize()\n       \n    def sayHi(self):\n        print \"Hello \" + self.name + \"!\"\n\nhello = HelloWorld(\"world\")\nhello.sayHi()"
    },
    "hello_world_ruby.txt": {
      "filename": "hello_world_ruby.txt",
      "type": "text/plain",
      "language": "Text",
      "raw_url": "https://gist.githubusercontent.com/octocat/e29f3839074953e1cc2934867fa5f2d2/raw/9e4544db60e01a261aac098592b11333704e9082/hello_world_ruby.txt",
      "size": 46,
      "truncated": false,
      "content": "Run `ruby hello_world.rb` to print Hello World"
    },
    "hello_world_python.txt": {
      "filename": "hello_world_python.txt",
      "type": "text/plain",
      "language": "Text",
      "raw_url": "https://gist.githubusercontent.com/octocat/e29f3839074953e1cc2934867fa5f2d2/raw/076b4b78c10c9b7e1e0b73ffb99631bfc948de3b/hello_world_python.txt",
      "size": 48,
      "truncated": false,
      "content": "Run `python hello_world.py` to print Hello World"
    }
  },
  "public": true,
  "created_at": "2010-04-14T02:15:15Z",
  "updated_at": "2011-06-20T11:34:15Z",
  "description": "Hello World Examples",
  "comments": 0,
  "user": null,
  "comments_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/comments/",
  "owner": {
    "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
  },
  "truncated": false,
  "forks": [
    {
      "user": {
        "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
      },
      "url": "https://api.github.com/gists/dee9c42e4998ce2ea439",
      "id": "dee9c42e4998ce2ea439",
      "created_at": "2011-04-14T16:00:49Z",
      "updated_at": "2011-04-14T16:00:49Z"
    }
  ],
  "history": [
    {
      "url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/57a7f021a713b1c5a6a199b54cc514735d2d462f",
      "version": "57a7f021a713b1c5a6a199b54cc514735d2d462f",
      "user": {
        "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
      },
      "change_status": {
        "deletions": 0,
        "additions": 180,
        "total": 180
      },
      "committed_at": "2010-04-14T02:15:15Z"
    }
  ]
}

List public gists

List public gists sorted by most recently updated to least recently updated.

Note: With pagination, you can fetch up to 3000 gists. For example, you can fetch 100 pages with 30 gists per page or 30 pages with 100 gists per page.

get /gists/public

Parameters

Name Type In Description
accept string header

Setting to application/vnd.github.v3+json is recommended

since string query

This is a timestamp in ISO 8601 format: YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SSZ. Only gists updated at or after this time are returned.

per_page integer query

Results per page (max 100)

page integer query

Page number of the results to fetch.

Code samples

Shell
curl \
  -H "Accept: application/vnd.github.v3+json" \
  https://{hostname}/gists/public
JavaScript (@octokit/core.js)
await octokit.request('GET /gists/public')

Default response

Status: 200 OK
[
  {
    "url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d",
    "forks_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/forks",
    "commits_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/commits",
    "id": "aa5a315d61ae9438b18d",
    "node_id": "MDQ6R2lzdGFhNWEzMTVkNjFhZTk0MzhiMThk",
    "git_pull_url": "https://gist.github.com/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d.git",
    "git_push_url": "https://gist.github.com/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d.git",
    "html_url": "https://gist.github.com/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d",
    "files": {
      "hello_world.rb": {
        "filename": "hello_world.rb",
        "type": "application/x-ruby",
        "language": "Ruby",
        "raw_url": "https://gist.githubusercontent.com/octocat/6cad326836d38bd3a7ae/raw/db9c55113504e46fa076e7df3a04ce592e2e86d8/hello_world.rb",
        "size": 167
      }
    },
    "public": true,
    "created_at": "2010-04-14T02:15:15Z",
    "updated_at": "2011-06-20T11:34:15Z",
    "description": "Hello World Examples",
    "comments": 0,
    "user": null,
    "comments_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/comments/",
    "owner": {
      "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
    },
    "truncated": false
  }
]

List starred gists

List the authenticated user's starred gists:

get /gists/starred

Parameters

Name Type In Description
accept string header

Setting to application/vnd.github.v3+json is recommended

since string query

This is a timestamp in ISO 8601 format: YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SSZ. Only gists updated at or after this time are returned.

per_page integer query

Results per page (max 100)

page integer query

Page number of the results to fetch.

Code samples

Shell
curl \
  -H "Accept: application/vnd.github.v3+json" \
  https://{hostname}/gists/starred
JavaScript (@octokit/core.js)
await octokit.request('GET /gists/starred')

Default response

Status: 200 OK
[
  {
    "url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d",
    "forks_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/forks",
    "commits_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/commits",
    "id": "aa5a315d61ae9438b18d",
    "node_id": "MDQ6R2lzdGFhNWEzMTVkNjFhZTk0MzhiMThk",
    "git_pull_url": "https://gist.github.com/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d.git",
    "git_push_url": "https://gist.github.com/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d.git",
    "html_url": "https://gist.github.com/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d",
    "files": {
      "hello_world.rb": {
        "filename": "hello_world.rb",
        "type": "application/x-ruby",
        "language": "Ruby",
        "raw_url": "https://gist.githubusercontent.com/octocat/6cad326836d38bd3a7ae/raw/db9c55113504e46fa076e7df3a04ce592e2e86d8/hello_world.rb",
        "size": 167
      }
    },
    "public": true,
    "created_at": "2010-04-14T02:15:15Z",
    "updated_at": "2011-06-20T11:34:15Z",
    "description": "Hello World Examples",
    "comments": 0,
    "user": null,
    "comments_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/comments/",
    "owner": {
      "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
    },
    "truncated": false
  }
]

get /gists/{gist_id}

Parameters

Name Type In Description
accept string header

Setting to application/vnd.github.v3+json is recommended

gist_id string path

Code samples

Shell
curl \
  -H "Accept: application/vnd.github.v3+json" \
  https://{hostname}/gists/GIST_ID
JavaScript (@octokit/core.js)
await octokit.request('GET /gists/{gist_id}', {
  gist_id: 'gist_id'
})

Default response

Status: 200 OK
{
  "url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d",
  "forks_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/forks",
  "commits_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/commits",
  "id": "aa5a315d61ae9438b18d",
  "node_id": "MDQ6R2lzdGFhNWEzMTVkNjFhZTk0MzhiMThk",
  "git_pull_url": "https://gist.github.com/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d.git",
  "git_push_url": "https://gist.github.com/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d.git",
  "html_url": "https://gist.github.com/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d",
  "files": {
    "hello_world.rb": {
      "filename": "hello_world.rb",
      "type": "application/x-ruby",
      "language": "Ruby",
      "raw_url": "https://gist.githubusercontent.com/octocat/6cad326836d38bd3a7ae/raw/db9c55113504e46fa076e7df3a04ce592e2e86d8/hello_world.rb",
      "size": 167,
      "truncated": false,
      "content": "class HelloWorld\n   def initialize(name)\n      @name = name.capitalize\n   end\n   def sayHi\n      puts \"Hello !\"\n   end\nend\n\nhello = HelloWorld.new(\"World\")\nhello.sayHi"
    },
    "hello_world.py": {
      "filename": "hello_world.py",
      "type": "application/x-python",
      "language": "Python",
      "raw_url": "https://gist.githubusercontent.com/octocat/e29f3839074953e1cc2934867fa5f2d2/raw/99c1bf3a345505c2e6195198d5f8c36267de570b/hello_world.py",
      "size": 199,
      "truncated": false,
      "content": "class HelloWorld:\n\n    def __init__(self, name):\n        self.name = name.capitalize()\n       \n    def sayHi(self):\n        print \"Hello \" + self.name + \"!\"\n\nhello = HelloWorld(\"world\")\nhello.sayHi()"
    },
    "hello_world_ruby.txt": {
      "filename": "hello_world_ruby.txt",
      "type": "text/plain",
      "language": "Text",
      "raw_url": "https://gist.githubusercontent.com/octocat/e29f3839074953e1cc2934867fa5f2d2/raw/9e4544db60e01a261aac098592b11333704e9082/hello_world_ruby.txt",
      "size": 46,
      "truncated": false,
      "content": "Run `ruby hello_world.rb` to print Hello World"
    },
    "hello_world_python.txt": {
      "filename": "hello_world_python.txt",
      "type": "text/plain",
      "language": "Text",
      "raw_url": "https://gist.githubusercontent.com/octocat/e29f3839074953e1cc2934867fa5f2d2/raw/076b4b78c10c9b7e1e0b73ffb99631bfc948de3b/hello_world_python.txt",
      "size": 48,
      "truncated": false,
      "content": "Run `python hello_world.py` to print Hello World"
    }
  },
  "public": true,
  "created_at": "2010-04-14T02:15:15Z",
  "updated_at": "2011-06-20T11:34:15Z",
  "description": "Hello World Examples",
  "comments": 0,
  "user": null,
  "comments_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/comments/",
  "owner": {
    "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
  },
  "truncated": false,
  "forks": [
    {
      "user": {
        "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
      },
      "url": "https://api.github.com/gists/dee9c42e4998ce2ea439",
      "id": "dee9c42e4998ce2ea439",
      "created_at": "2011-04-14T16:00:49Z",
      "updated_at": "2011-04-14T16:00:49Z"
    }
  ],
  "history": [
    {
      "url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/57a7f021a713b1c5a6a199b54cc514735d2d462f",
      "version": "57a7f021a713b1c5a6a199b54cc514735d2d462f",
      "user": {
        "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
      },
      "change_status": {
        "deletions": 0,
        "additions": 180,
        "total": 180
      },
      "committed_at": "2010-04-14T02:15:15Z"
    }
  ]
}

Update a gist

Allows you to update or delete a gist file and rename gist files. Files from the previous version of the gist that aren't explicitly changed during an edit are unchanged.

patch /gists/{gist_id}

Parameters

Name Type In Description
accept string header

Setting to application/vnd.github.v3+json is recommended

gist_id string path
description string body

A descriptive name for this gist.

files object body

The filenames and content that make up this gist.

Code samples

Shell
curl \
  -X PATCH \
  -H "Accept: application/vnd.github.v3+json" \
  https://{hostname}/gists/GIST_ID \
  -d '{"description":"description"}'
JavaScript (@octokit/core.js)
await octokit.request('PATCH /gists/{gist_id}', {
  gist_id: 'gist_id',
  description: 'description'
})

Default response

Status: 200 OK
{
  "url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d",
  "forks_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/forks",
  "commits_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/commits",
  "id": "aa5a315d61ae9438b18d",
  "node_id": "MDQ6R2lzdGFhNWEzMTVkNjFhZTk0MzhiMThk",
  "git_pull_url": "https://gist.github.com/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d.git",
  "git_push_url": "https://gist.github.com/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d.git",
  "html_url": "https://gist.github.com/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d",
  "files": {
    "hello_world.rb": {
      "filename": "hello_world.rb",
      "type": "application/x-ruby",
      "language": "Ruby",
      "raw_url": "https://gist.githubusercontent.com/octocat/6cad326836d38bd3a7ae/raw/db9c55113504e46fa076e7df3a04ce592e2e86d8/hello_world.rb",
      "size": 167,
      "truncated": false,
      "content": "class HelloWorld\n   def initialize(name)\n      @name = name.capitalize\n   end\n   def sayHi\n      puts \"Hello !\"\n   end\nend\n\nhello = HelloWorld.new(\"World\")\nhello.sayHi"
    },
    "hello_world.py": {
      "filename": "hello_world.py",
      "type": "application/x-python",
      "language": "Python",
      "raw_url": "https://gist.githubusercontent.com/octocat/e29f3839074953e1cc2934867fa5f2d2/raw/99c1bf3a345505c2e6195198d5f8c36267de570b/hello_world.py",
      "size": 199,
      "truncated": false,
      "content": "class HelloWorld:\n\n    def __init__(self, name):\n        self.name = name.capitalize()\n       \n    def sayHi(self):\n        print \"Hello \" + self.name + \"!\"\n\nhello = HelloWorld(\"world\")\nhello.sayHi()"
    },
    "hello_world.md": {
      "filename": "hello_world.md",
      "type": "text/plain",
      "language": "Markdown",
      "raw_url": "https://gist.githubusercontent.com/octocat/8df0a8f642973cbda937bf542d37d4e9/raw/4221bb4b942568c4e3ab253022d2b7fec7844f21/hello_world.md",
      "size": 73,
      "truncated": false,
      "content": "Run `ruby hello_world.rb` or `python hello_world.py` to print Hello World"
    },
    "new_file.txt": {
      "filename": "new_file.txt",
      "type": "text/plain",
      "language": "Text",
      "raw_url": "https://gist.githubusercontent.com/octocat/8df0a8f642973cbda937bf542d37d4e9/raw/56ab7bdf864fa11c1e16acce2a5116171514d2d1/new_file.txt",
      "size": 31,
      "truncated": false,
      "content": "This is a new placeholder file."
    }
  },
  "public": true,
  "created_at": "2010-04-14T02:15:15Z",
  "updated_at": "2011-06-20T11:34:15Z",
  "description": "Hello World Examples",
  "comments": 0,
  "user": null,
  "comments_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/comments/",
  "owner": {
    "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
  },
  "truncated": false,
  "forks": [
    {
      "user": {
        "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
      },
      "url": "https://api.github.com/gists/dee9c42e4998ce2ea439",
      "id": "dee9c42e4998ce2ea439",
      "created_at": "2011-04-14T16:00:49Z",
      "updated_at": "2011-04-14T16:00:49Z"
    }
  ],
  "history": [
    {
      "url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/57a7f021a713b1c5a6a199b54cc514735d2d462f",
      "version": "57a7f021a713b1c5a6a199b54cc514735d2d462f",
      "user": {
        "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
      },
      "change_status": {
        "deletions": 0,
        "additions": 180,
        "total": 180
      },
      "committed_at": "2010-04-14T02:15:15Z"
    }
  ]
}

delete /gists/{gist_id}

Parameters

Name Type In Description
accept string header

Setting to application/vnd.github.v3+json is recommended

gist_id string path

Code samples

Shell
curl \
  -X DELETE \
  -H "Accept: application/vnd.github.v3+json" \
  https://{hostname}/gists/GIST_ID
JavaScript (@octokit/core.js)
await octokit.request('DELETE /gists/{gist_id}', {
  gist_id: 'gist_id'
})

Default Response

Status: 204 No Content

get /gists/{gist_id}/commits

Parameters

Name Type In Description
accept string header

Setting to application/vnd.github.v3+json is recommended

gist_id string path
per_page integer query

Results per page (max 100)

page integer query

Page number of the results to fetch.

Code samples

Shell
curl \
  -H "Accept: application/vnd.github.v3+json" \
  https://{hostname}/gists/GIST_ID/commits
JavaScript (@octokit/core.js)
await octokit.request('GET /gists/{gist_id}/commits', {
  gist_id: 'gist_id'
})

Default response

Status: 200 OK
[
  {
    "url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/57a7f021a713b1c5a6a199b54cc514735d2d462f",
    "version": "57a7f021a713b1c5a6a199b54cc514735d2d462f",
    "user": {
      "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
    },
    "change_status": {
      "deletions": 0,
      "additions": 180,
      "total": 180
    },
    "committed_at": "2010-04-14T02:15:15Z"
  }
]

get /gists/{gist_id}/forks

Parameters

Name Type In Description
accept string header

Setting to application/vnd.github.v3+json is recommended

gist_id string path
per_page integer query

Results per page (max 100)

page integer query

Page number of the results to fetch.

Code samples

Shell
curl \
  -H "Accept: application/vnd.github.v3+json" \
  https://{hostname}/gists/GIST_ID/forks
JavaScript (@octokit/core.js)
await octokit.request('GET /gists/{gist_id}/forks', {
  gist_id: 'gist_id'
})

Default response

Status: 200 OK
[
  {
    "user": {
      "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
    },
    "url": "https://api.github.com/gists/dee9c42e4998ce2ea439",
    "id": "dee9c42e4998ce2ea439",
    "created_at": "2011-04-14T16:00:49Z",
    "updated_at": "2011-04-14T16:00:49Z"
  }
]

Fork a gist

Note: This was previously /gists/:gist_id/fork.

post /gists/{gist_id}/forks

Parameters

Name Type In Description
accept string header

Setting to application/vnd.github.v3+json is recommended

gist_id string path

Code samples

Shell
curl \
  -X POST \
  -H "Accept: application/vnd.github.v3+json" \
  https://{hostname}/gists/GIST_ID/forks
JavaScript (@octokit/core.js)
await octokit.request('POST /gists/{gist_id}/forks', {
  gist_id: 'gist_id'
})

Default response

Status: 201 Created
{
  "url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d",
  "forks_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/forks",
  "commits_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/commits",
  "id": "aa5a315d61ae9438b18d",
  "node_id": "MDQ6R2lzdGFhNWEzMTVkNjFhZTk0MzhiMThk",
  "git_pull_url": "https://gist.github.com/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d.git",
  "git_push_url": "https://gist.github.com/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d.git",
  "html_url": "https://gist.github.com/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d",
  "files": {
    "hello_world.rb": {
      "filename": "hello_world.rb",
      "type": "application/x-ruby",
      "language": "Ruby",
      "raw_url": "https://gist.githubusercontent.com/octocat/6cad326836d38bd3a7ae/raw/db9c55113504e46fa076e7df3a04ce592e2e86d8/hello_world.rb",
      "size": 167
    }
  },
  "public": true,
  "created_at": "2010-04-14T02:15:15Z",
  "updated_at": "2011-06-20T11:34:15Z",
  "description": "Hello World Examples",
  "comments": 0,
  "user": null,
  "comments_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/comments/",
  "owner": {
    "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
  },
  "truncated": false
}

get /gists/{gist_id}/star

Parameters

Name Type In Description
accept string header

Setting to application/vnd.github.v3+json is recommended

gist_id string path

Code samples

Shell
curl \
  -H "Accept: application/vnd.github.v3+json" \
  https://{hostname}/gists/GIST_ID/star
JavaScript (@octokit/core.js)
await octokit.request('GET /gists/{gist_id}/star', {
  gist_id: 'gist_id'
})

Response if gist is starred

Status: 204 No Content

Response if gist is not starred

Status: 404 Not Found

Star a gist

Note that you'll need to set Content-Length to zero when calling out to this endpoint. For more information, see "HTTP verbs."

put /gists/{gist_id}/star

Parameters

Name Type In Description
accept string header

Setting to application/vnd.github.v3+json is recommended

gist_id string path

Code samples

Shell
curl \
  -X PUT \
  -H "Accept: application/vnd.github.v3+json" \
  https://{hostname}/gists/GIST_ID/star
JavaScript (@octokit/core.js)
await octokit.request('PUT /gists/{gist_id}/star', {
  gist_id: 'gist_id'
})

Default Response

Status: 204 No Content

delete /gists/{gist_id}/star

Parameters

Name Type In Description
accept string header

Setting to application/vnd.github.v3+json is recommended

gist_id string path

Code samples

Shell
curl \
  -X DELETE \
  -H "Accept: application/vnd.github.v3+json" \
  https://{hostname}/gists/GIST_ID/star
JavaScript (@octokit/core.js)
await octokit.request('DELETE /gists/{gist_id}/star', {
  gist_id: 'gist_id'
})

Default Response

Status: 204 No Content

get /gists/{gist_id}/{sha}

Parameters

Name Type In Description
accept string header

Setting to application/vnd.github.v3+json is recommended

gist_id string path
sha string path

Code samples

Shell
curl \
  -H "Accept: application/vnd.github.v3+json" \
  https://{hostname}/gists/GIST_ID/SHA
JavaScript (@octokit/core.js)
await octokit.request('GET /gists/{gist_id}/{sha}', {
  gist_id: 'gist_id',
  sha: 'sha'
})

Default response

Status: 200 OK
{
  "url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/57a7f021a713b1c5a6a199b54cc514735d2d462f",
  "forks_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/forks",
  "commits_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/commits",
  "id": "aa5a315d61ae9438b18d",
  "node_id": "MDQ6R2lzdGFhNWEzMTVkNjFhZTk0MzhiMThk",
  "git_pull_url": "https://gist.github.com/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d.git",
  "git_push_url": "https://gist.github.com/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d.git",
  "html_url": "https://gist.github.com/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d",
  "files": {
    "hello_world.rb": {
      "filename": "hello_world.rb",
      "type": "application/x-ruby",
      "language": "Ruby",
      "raw_url": "https://gist.githubusercontent.com/octocat/6cad326836d38bd3a7ae/raw/db9c55113504e46fa076e7df3a04ce592e2e86d8/hello_world.rb",
      "size": 167,
      "truncated": false,
      "content": "class HelloWorld\n   def initialize(name)\n      @name = name.capitalize\n   end\n   def sayHi\n      puts \"Hello !\"\n   end\nend\n\nhello = HelloWorld.new(\"World\")\nhello.sayHi"
    },
    "hello_world.py": {
      "filename": "hello_world.py",
      "type": "application/x-python",
      "language": "Python",
      "raw_url": "https://gist.githubusercontent.com/octocat/e29f3839074953e1cc2934867fa5f2d2/raw/99c1bf3a345505c2e6195198d5f8c36267de570b/hello_world.py",
      "size": 199,
      "truncated": false,
      "content": "class HelloWorld:\n\n    def __init__(self, name):\n        self.name = name.capitalize()\n       \n    def sayHi(self):\n        print \"Hello \" + self.name + \"!\"\n\nhello = HelloWorld(\"world\")\nhello.sayHi()"
    },
    "hello_world_ruby.txt": {
      "filename": "hello_world_ruby.txt",
      "type": "text/plain",
      "language": "Text",
      "raw_url": "https://gist.githubusercontent.com/octocat/e29f3839074953e1cc2934867fa5f2d2/raw/9e4544db60e01a261aac098592b11333704e9082/hello_world_ruby.txt",
      "size": 46,
      "truncated": false,
      "content": "Run `ruby hello_world.rb` to print Hello World"
    },
    "hello_world_python.txt": {
      "filename": "hello_world_python.txt",
      "type": "text/plain",
      "language": "Text",
      "raw_url": "https://gist.githubusercontent.com/octocat/e29f3839074953e1cc2934867fa5f2d2/raw/076b4b78c10c9b7e1e0b73ffb99631bfc948de3b/hello_world_python.txt",
      "size": 48,
      "truncated": false,
      "content": "Run `python hello_world.py` to print Hello World"
    }
  },
  "public": true,
  "created_at": "2010-04-14T02:15:15Z",
  "updated_at": "2011-06-20T11:34:15Z",
  "description": "Hello World Examples",
  "comments": 0,
  "user": null,
  "comments_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/comments/",
  "owner": {
    "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
  },
  "truncated": false,
  "forks": [
    {
      "user": {
        "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
      },
      "url": "https://api.github.com/gists/dee9c42e4998ce2ea439",
      "id": "dee9c42e4998ce2ea439",
      "created_at": "2011-04-14T16:00:49Z",
      "updated_at": "2011-04-14T16:00:49Z"
    }
  ],
  "history": [
    {
      "url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/57a7f021a713b1c5a6a199b54cc514735d2d462f",
      "version": "57a7f021a713b1c5a6a199b54cc514735d2d462f",
      "user": {
        "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
      },
      "change_status": {
        "deletions": 0,
        "additions": 180,
        "total": 180
      },
      "committed_at": "2010-04-14T02:15:15Z"
    }
  ]
}

List gists for a user

Lists public gists for the specified user:

get /users/{username}/gists

Parameters

Name Type In Description
accept string header

Setting to application/vnd.github.v3+json is recommended

username string path
since string query

This is a timestamp in ISO 8601 format: YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SSZ. Only gists updated at or after this time are returned.

per_page integer query

Results per page (max 100)

page integer query

Page number of the results to fetch.

Code samples

Shell
curl \
  -H "Accept: application/vnd.github.v3+json" \
  https://{hostname}/users/USERNAME/gists
JavaScript (@octokit/core.js)
await octokit.request('GET /users/{username}/gists', {
  username: 'username'
})

Default response

Status: 200 OK
[
  {
    "url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d",
    "forks_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/forks",
    "commits_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/commits",
    "id": "aa5a315d61ae9438b18d",
    "node_id": "MDQ6R2lzdGFhNWEzMTVkNjFhZTk0MzhiMThk",
    "git_pull_url": "https://gist.github.com/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d.git",
    "git_push_url": "https://gist.github.com/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d.git",
    "html_url": "https://gist.github.com/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d",
    "files": {
      "hello_world.rb": {
        "filename": "hello_world.rb",
        "type": "application/x-ruby",
        "language": "Ruby",
        "raw_url": "https://gist.githubusercontent.com/octocat/6cad326836d38bd3a7ae/raw/db9c55113504e46fa076e7df3a04ce592e2e86d8/hello_world.rb",
        "size": 167
      }
    },
    "public": true,
    "created_at": "2010-04-14T02:15:15Z",
    "updated_at": "2011-06-20T11:34:15Z",
    "description": "Hello World Examples",
    "comments": 0,
    "user": null,
    "comments_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/aa5a315d61ae9438b18d/comments/",
    "owner": {
      "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
    },
    "truncated": false
  }
]

Comments

Custom media types for Gist comments

These are the supported media types for gist comments.

application/vnd.github.VERSION.raw
application/vnd.github.VERSION.base64

For more information about media types, see "Custom media types."

get /gists/{gist_id}/comments

Parameters

Name Type In Description
accept string header

Setting to application/vnd.github.v3+json is recommended

gist_id string path
per_page integer query

Results per page (max 100)

page integer query

Page number of the results to fetch.

Code samples

Shell
curl \
  -H "Accept: application/vnd.github.v3+json" \
  https://{hostname}/gists/GIST_ID/comments
JavaScript (@octokit/core.js)
await octokit.request('GET /gists/{gist_id}/comments', {
  gist_id: 'gist_id'
})

Default response

Status: 200 OK
[
  {
    "id": 1,
    "node_id": "MDExOkdpc3RDb21tZW50MQ==",
    "url": "https://api.github.com/gists/a6db0bec360bb87e9418/comments/1",
    "body": "Just commenting for the sake of commenting",
    "user": {
      "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
    },
    "created_at": "2011-04-18T23:23:56Z",
    "updated_at": "2011-04-18T23:23:56Z"
  }
]

post /gists/{gist_id}/comments

Parameters

Name Type In Description
accept string header

Setting to application/vnd.github.v3+json is recommended

gist_id string path
body string body

Required. The comment text.

Code samples

Shell
curl \
  -X POST \
  -H "Accept: application/vnd.github.v3+json" \
  https://{hostname}/gists/GIST_ID/comments \
  -d '{"body":"body"}'
JavaScript (@octokit/core.js)
await octokit.request('POST /gists/{gist_id}/comments', {
  gist_id: 'gist_id',
  body: 'body'
})

Default response

Status: 201 Created
{
  "id": 1,
  "node_id": "MDExOkdpc3RDb21tZW50MQ==",
  "url": "https://api.github.com/gists/a6db0bec360bb87e9418/comments/1",
  "body": "Just commenting for the sake of commenting",
  "user": {
    "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
  },
  "created_at": "2011-04-18T23:23:56Z",
  "updated_at": "2011-04-18T23:23:56Z"
}

get /gists/{gist_id}/comments/{comment_id}

Parameters

Name Type In Description
accept string header

Setting to application/vnd.github.v3+json is recommended

gist_id string path
comment_id integer path

Code samples

Shell
curl \
  -H "Accept: application/vnd.github.v3+json" \
  https://{hostname}/gists/GIST_ID/comments/42
JavaScript (@octokit/core.js)
await octokit.request('GET /gists/{gist_id}/comments/{comment_id}', {
  gist_id: 'gist_id',
  comment_id: 42
})

Default response

Status: 200 OK
{
  "id": 1,
  "node_id": "MDExOkdpc3RDb21tZW50MQ==",
  "url": "https://api.github.com/gists/a6db0bec360bb87e9418/comments/1",
  "body": "Just commenting for the sake of commenting",
  "user": {
    "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
  },
  "created_at": "2011-04-18T23:23:56Z",
  "updated_at": "2011-04-18T23:23:56Z"
}

patch /gists/{gist_id}/comments/{comment_id}

Parameters

Name Type In Description
accept string header

Setting to application/vnd.github.v3+json is recommended

gist_id string path
comment_id integer path
body string body

Required. The comment text.

Code samples

Shell
curl \
  -X PATCH \
  -H "Accept: application/vnd.github.v3+json" \
  https://{hostname}/gists/GIST_ID/comments/42 \
  -d '{"body":"body"}'
JavaScript (@octokit/core.js)
await octokit.request('PATCH /gists/{gist_id}/comments/{comment_id}', {
  gist_id: 'gist_id',
  comment_id: 42,
  body: 'body'
})

Default response

Status: 200 OK
{
  "id": 1,
  "node_id": "MDExOkdpc3RDb21tZW50MQ==",
  "url": "https://api.github.com/gists/a6db0bec360bb87e9418/comments/1",
  "body": "Just commenting for the sake of commenting",
  "user": {
    "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
  },
  "created_at": "2011-04-18T23:23:56Z",
  "updated_at": "2011-04-18T23:23:56Z"
}

delete /gists/{gist_id}/comments/{comment_id}

Parameters

Name Type In Description
accept string header

Setting to application/vnd.github.v3+json is recommended

gist_id string path
comment_id integer path

Code samples

Shell
curl \
  -X DELETE \
  -H "Accept: application/vnd.github.v3+json" \
  https://{hostname}/gists/GIST_ID/comments/42
JavaScript (@octokit/core.js)
await octokit.request('DELETE /gists/{gist_id}/comments/{comment_id}', {
  gist_id: 'gist_id',
  comment_id: 42
})

Default Response

Status: 204 No Content

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