Skip to main content

Gists

The Gists API enables the authorized user to list, create, update and delete the public gists on GitHub.

About the Gists API

The Gist API lets you view and modify gists. For more information about gists, see "Editing and sharing content with gists."

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.raw
application/vnd.github.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:

Parameters

Headers
Name, Type, Description
acceptstring

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

Query parameters
Name, Type, Description
sincestring

Only show notifications updated after the given time. This is a timestamp in ISO 8601 format: YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SSZ.

per_pageinteger

The number of results per page (max 100).

Default: 30

pageinteger

Page number of the results to fetch.

Default: 1

HTTP response status codes

Status codeDescription
200

OK

304

Not modified

403

Forbidden

Code samples

get/gists
curl \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ https://HOSTNAME/api/v3/gists

Response

Status: 200
[ { "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.

Parameters

Headers
Name, Type, Description
acceptstring

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

Body parameters
Name, Type, Description
descriptionstring

Description of the gist

filesobjectRequired

Names and content for the files that make up the gist

Name, Type, Description
keyobject

A user-defined key to represent an item in files.

Name, Type, Description
contentstringRequired

Content of the file

publicboolean or string

Flag indicating whether the gist is public

HTTP response status codes

Status codeDescription
201

Created

304

Not modified

403

Forbidden

404

Resource not found

422

Validation failed, or the endpoint has been spammed.

Code samples

post/gists
curl \ -X POST \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ https://HOSTNAME/api/v3/gists \ -d '{"description":"Example of a gist","public":false,"files":{"README.md":{"content":"Hello World"}}}'

Response

Status: 201
{ "url": "https://api.github.com/gists/2decf6c462d9b4418f2", "forks_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/2decf6c462d9b4418f2/forks", "commits_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/2decf6c462d9b4418f2/commits", "id": "2decf6c462d9b4418f2", "node_id": "G_kwDOBhHyLdZDliNDQxOGYy", "git_pull_url": "https://gist.github.com/2decf6c462d9b4418f2.git", "git_push_url": "https://gist.github.com/2decf6c462d9b4418f2.git", "html_url": "https://gist.github.com/2decf6c462d9b4418f2", "files": { "README.md": { "filename": "README.md", "type": "text/markdown", "language": "Markdown", "raw_url": "https://gist.githubusercontent.com/monalisa/2decf6c462d9b4418f2/raw/ac3e6daf176fafe73609fd000cd188e4472010fb/README.md", "size": 23, "truncated": false, "content": "Hello world from GitHub" } }, "public": true, "created_at": "2022-09-20T12:11:58Z", "updated_at": "2022-09-21T10:28:06Z", "description": "An updated gist description.", "comments": 0, "user": null, "comments_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/2decf6c462d9b4418f2/comments", "owner": { "login": "monalisa", "id": 104456405, "node_id": "U_kgDOBhHyLQ", "avatar_url": "https://avatars.githubusercontent.com/u/104456405?v=4", "gravatar_id": "", "url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa", "html_url": "https://github.com/monalisa", "followers_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/followers", "following_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/following{/other_user}", "gists_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/gists{/gist_id}", "starred_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/starred{/owner}{/repo}", "subscriptions_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/subscriptions", "organizations_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/orgs", "repos_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/repos", "events_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/events{/privacy}", "received_events_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/received_events", "type": "User", "site_admin": true }, "forks": [], "history": [ { "user": { "login": "monalisa", "id": 104456405, "node_id": "U_kgyLQ", "avatar_url": "https://avatars.githubusercontent.com/u/104456405?v=4", "gravatar_id": "", "url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa", "html_url": "https://github.com/monalisa", "followers_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/followers", "following_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/following{/other_user}", "gists_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/gists{/gist_id}", "starred_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/starred{/owner}{/repo}", "subscriptions_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/subscriptions", "organizations_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/orgs", "repos_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/repos", "events_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/events{/privacy}", "received_events_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/received_events", "type": "User", "site_admin": true }, "version": "468aac8caed5f0c3b859b8286968", "committed_at": "2022-09-21T10:28:06Z", "change_status": { "total": 2, "additions": 1, "deletions": 1 }, "url": "https://api.github.com/gists/8481a81af6b7a2d418f2/468aac8caed5f0c3b859b8286968" } ], "truncated": false }

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.

Parameters

Headers
Name, Type, Description
acceptstring

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

Query parameters
Name, Type, Description
sincestring

Only show notifications updated after the given time. This is a timestamp in ISO 8601 format: YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SSZ.

per_pageinteger

The number of results per page (max 100).

Default: 30

pageinteger

Page number of the results to fetch.

Default: 1

HTTP response status codes

Status codeDescription
200

OK

304

Not modified

403

Forbidden

422

Validation failed, or the endpoint has been spammed.

Code samples

get/gists/public
curl \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ https://HOSTNAME/api/v3/gists/public

Response

Status: 200
[ { "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:

Parameters

Headers
Name, Type, Description
acceptstring

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

Query parameters
Name, Type, Description
sincestring

Only show notifications updated after the given time. This is a timestamp in ISO 8601 format: YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SSZ.

per_pageinteger

The number of results per page (max 100).

Default: 30

pageinteger

Page number of the results to fetch.

Default: 1

HTTP response status codes

Status codeDescription
200

OK

304

Not modified

401

Requires authentication

403

Forbidden

Code samples

get/gists/starred
curl \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ https://HOSTNAME/api/v3/gists/starred

Response

Status: 200
[ { "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 a gist

Parameters

Headers
Name, Type, Description
acceptstring

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

Path parameters
Name, Type, Description
gist_idstringRequired

The unique identifier of the gist.

HTTP response status codes

Status codeDescription
200

OK

304

Not modified

403

Forbidden Gist

404

Resource not found

Code samples

get/gists/{gist_id}
curl \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ https://HOSTNAME/api/v3/gists/GIST_ID

Response

Status: 200
{ "url": "https://api.github.com/gists/2decf6c462d9b4418f2", "forks_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/2decf6c462d9b4418f2/forks", "commits_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/2decf6c462d9b4418f2/commits", "id": "2decf6c462d9b4418f2", "node_id": "G_kwDOBhHyLdZDliNDQxOGYy", "git_pull_url": "https://gist.github.com/2decf6c462d9b4418f2.git", "git_push_url": "https://gist.github.com/2decf6c462d9b4418f2.git", "html_url": "https://gist.github.com/2decf6c462d9b4418f2", "files": { "README.md": { "filename": "README.md", "type": "text/markdown", "language": "Markdown", "raw_url": "https://gist.githubusercontent.com/monalisa/2decf6c462d9b4418f2/raw/ac3e6daf176fafe73609fd000cd188e4472010fb/README.md", "size": 23, "truncated": false, "content": "Hello world from GitHub" } }, "public": true, "created_at": "2022-09-20T12:11:58Z", "updated_at": "2022-09-21T10:28:06Z", "description": "An updated gist description.", "comments": 0, "user": null, "comments_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/2decf6c462d9b4418f2/comments", "owner": { "login": "monalisa", "id": 104456405, "node_id": "U_kgDOBhHyLQ", "avatar_url": "https://avatars.githubusercontent.com/u/104456405?v=4", "gravatar_id": "", "url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa", "html_url": "https://github.com/monalisa", "followers_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/followers", "following_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/following{/other_user}", "gists_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/gists{/gist_id}", "starred_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/starred{/owner}{/repo}", "subscriptions_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/subscriptions", "organizations_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/orgs", "repos_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/repos", "events_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/events{/privacy}", "received_events_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/received_events", "type": "User", "site_admin": true }, "forks": [], "history": [ { "user": { "login": "monalisa", "id": 104456405, "node_id": "U_kgyLQ", "avatar_url": "https://avatars.githubusercontent.com/u/104456405?v=4", "gravatar_id": "", "url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa", "html_url": "https://github.com/monalisa", "followers_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/followers", "following_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/following{/other_user}", "gists_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/gists{/gist_id}", "starred_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/starred{/owner}{/repo}", "subscriptions_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/subscriptions", "organizations_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/orgs", "repos_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/repos", "events_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/events{/privacy}", "received_events_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/received_events", "type": "User", "site_admin": true }, "version": "468aac8caed5f0c3b859b8286968", "committed_at": "2022-09-21T10:28:06Z", "change_status": { "total": 2, "additions": 1, "deletions": 1 }, "url": "https://api.github.com/gists/8481a81af6b7a2d418f2/468aac8caed5f0c3b859b8286968" } ], "truncated": false }

Update a gist

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

Parameters

Headers
Name, Type, Description
acceptstring

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

Path parameters
Name, Type, Description
gist_idstringRequired

The unique identifier of the gist.

Body parameters
Name, Type, Description
descriptionstring

The description of the gist.

filesobject

The gist files to be updated, renamed, or deleted. Each key must match the current filename (including extension) of the targeted gist file. For example: hello.py.

To delete a file, set the whole file to null. For example: hello.py : null.

Name, Type, Description
keyobject

A user-defined key to represent an item in files.

Name, Type, Description
contentstring

The new content of the file.

filenamestring or null

The new filename for the file.

HTTP response status codes

Status codeDescription
200

OK

404

Resource not found

422

Validation failed, or the endpoint has been spammed.

Code samples

patch/gists/{gist_id}
curl \ -X PATCH \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ https://HOSTNAME/api/v3/gists/GIST_ID \ -d '{"description":"An updated gist description","files":{"README.md":{"content":"Hello World from GitHub"}}}'

Response

Status: 200
{ "url": "https://api.github.com/gists/2decf6c462d9b4418f2", "forks_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/2decf6c462d9b4418f2/forks", "commits_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/2decf6c462d9b4418f2/commits", "id": "2decf6c462d9b4418f2", "node_id": "G_kwDOBhHyLdZDliNDQxOGYy", "git_pull_url": "https://gist.github.com/2decf6c462d9b4418f2.git", "git_push_url": "https://gist.github.com/2decf6c462d9b4418f2.git", "html_url": "https://gist.github.com/2decf6c462d9b4418f2", "files": { "README.md": { "filename": "README.md", "type": "text/markdown", "language": "Markdown", "raw_url": "https://gist.githubusercontent.com/monalisa/2decf6c462d9b4418f2/raw/ac3e6daf176fafe73609fd000cd188e4472010fb/README.md", "size": 23, "truncated": false, "content": "Hello world from GitHub" } }, "public": true, "created_at": "2022-09-20T12:11:58Z", "updated_at": "2022-09-21T10:28:06Z", "description": "An updated gist description.", "comments": 0, "user": null, "comments_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/2decf6c462d9b4418f2/comments", "owner": { "login": "monalisa", "id": 104456405, "node_id": "U_kgDOBhHyLQ", "avatar_url": "https://avatars.githubusercontent.com/u/104456405?v=4", "gravatar_id": "", "url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa", "html_url": "https://github.com/monalisa", "followers_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/followers", "following_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/following{/other_user}", "gists_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/gists{/gist_id}", "starred_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/starred{/owner}{/repo}", "subscriptions_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/subscriptions", "organizations_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/orgs", "repos_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/repos", "events_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/events{/privacy}", "received_events_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/received_events", "type": "User", "site_admin": true }, "forks": [], "history": [ { "user": { "login": "monalisa", "id": 104456405, "node_id": "U_kgyLQ", "avatar_url": "https://avatars.githubusercontent.com/u/104456405?v=4", "gravatar_id": "", "url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa", "html_url": "https://github.com/monalisa", "followers_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/followers", "following_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/following{/other_user}", "gists_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/gists{/gist_id}", "starred_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/starred{/owner}{/repo}", "subscriptions_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/subscriptions", "organizations_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/orgs", "repos_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/repos", "events_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/events{/privacy}", "received_events_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/received_events", "type": "User", "site_admin": true }, "version": "468aac8caed5f0c3b859b8286968", "committed_at": "2022-09-21T10:28:06Z", "change_status": { "total": 2, "additions": 1, "deletions": 1 }, "url": "https://api.github.com/gists/8481a81af6b7a2d418f2/468aac8caed5f0c3b859b8286968" } ], "truncated": false }

Delete a gist

Parameters

Headers
Name, Type, Description
acceptstring

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

Path parameters
Name, Type, Description
gist_idstringRequired

The unique identifier of the gist.

HTTP response status codes

Status codeDescription
204

No Content

304

Not modified

403

Forbidden

404

Resource not found

Code samples

delete/gists/{gist_id}
curl \ -X DELETE \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ https://HOSTNAME/api/v3/gists/GIST_ID

Response

Status: 204

List gist commits

Parameters

Headers
Name, Type, Description
acceptstring

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

Path parameters
Name, Type, Description
gist_idstringRequired

The unique identifier of the gist.

Query parameters
Name, Type, Description
per_pageinteger

The number of results per page (max 100).

Default: 30

pageinteger

Page number of the results to fetch.

Default: 1

HTTP response status codes

Status codeDescription
200

OK

304

Not modified

403

Forbidden

404

Resource not found

Code samples

get/gists/{gist_id}/commits
curl \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ https://HOSTNAME/api/v3/gists/GIST_ID/commits

Response

Status: 200
[ { "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 gist forks

Parameters

Headers
Name, Type, Description
acceptstring

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

Path parameters
Name, Type, Description
gist_idstringRequired

The unique identifier of the gist.

Query parameters
Name, Type, Description
per_pageinteger

The number of results per page (max 100).

Default: 30

pageinteger

Page number of the results to fetch.

Default: 1

HTTP response status codes

Status codeDescription
200

OK

304

Not modified

403

Forbidden

404

Resource not found

Code samples

get/gists/{gist_id}/forks
curl \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ https://HOSTNAME/api/v3/gists/GIST_ID/forks

Response

Status: 200
[ { "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": 1, "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 } } ]

Fork a gist

Parameters

Headers
Name, Type, Description
acceptstring

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

Path parameters
Name, Type, Description
gist_idstringRequired

The unique identifier of the gist.

HTTP response status codes

Status codeDescription
201

Created

304

Not modified

403

Forbidden

404

Resource not found

422

Validation failed, or the endpoint has been spammed.

Code samples

post/gists/{gist_id}/forks
curl \ -X POST \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ https://HOSTNAME/api/v3/gists/GIST_ID/forks

Response

Status: 201
{ "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 }

Check if a gist is starred

Parameters

Headers
Name, Type, Description
acceptstring

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

Path parameters
Name, Type, Description
gist_idstringRequired

The unique identifier of the gist.

HTTP response status codes

Status codeDescription
204

Response if gist is starred

304

Not modified

403

Forbidden

404

Not Found if gist is not starred

Code samples

get/gists/{gist_id}/star
curl \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ https://HOSTNAME/api/v3/gists/GIST_ID/star

Response if gist is starred

Status: 204

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."

Parameters

Headers
Name, Type, Description
acceptstring

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

Path parameters
Name, Type, Description
gist_idstringRequired

The unique identifier of the gist.

HTTP response status codes

Status codeDescription
204

No Content

304

Not modified

403

Forbidden

404

Resource not found

Code samples

put/gists/{gist_id}/star
curl \ -X PUT \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ https://HOSTNAME/api/v3/gists/GIST_ID/star

Response

Status: 204

Unstar a gist

Parameters

Headers
Name, Type, Description
acceptstring

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

Path parameters
Name, Type, Description
gist_idstringRequired

The unique identifier of the gist.

HTTP response status codes

Status codeDescription
204

No Content

304

Not modified

403

Forbidden

404

Resource not found

Code samples

delete/gists/{gist_id}/star
curl \ -X DELETE \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ https://HOSTNAME/api/v3/gists/GIST_ID/star

Response

Status: 204

Get a gist revision

Parameters

Headers
Name, Type, Description
acceptstring

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

Path parameters
Name, Type, Description
gist_idstringRequired

The unique identifier of the gist.

shastringRequired

HTTP response status codes

Status codeDescription
200

OK

403

Forbidden

404

Resource not found

422

Validation failed, or the endpoint has been spammed.

Code samples

get/gists/{gist_id}/{sha}
curl \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ https://HOSTNAME/api/v3/gists/GIST_ID/SHA

Response

Status: 200
{ "url": "https://api.github.com/gists/2decf6c462d9b4418f2", "forks_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/2decf6c462d9b4418f2/forks", "commits_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/2decf6c462d9b4418f2/commits", "id": "2decf6c462d9b4418f2", "node_id": "G_kwDOBhHyLdZDliNDQxOGYy", "git_pull_url": "https://gist.github.com/2decf6c462d9b4418f2.git", "git_push_url": "https://gist.github.com/2decf6c462d9b4418f2.git", "html_url": "https://gist.github.com/2decf6c462d9b4418f2", "files": { "README.md": { "filename": "README.md", "type": "text/markdown", "language": "Markdown", "raw_url": "https://gist.githubusercontent.com/monalisa/2decf6c462d9b4418f2/raw/ac3e6daf176fafe73609fd000cd188e4472010fb/README.md", "size": 23, "truncated": false, "content": "Hello world from GitHub" } }, "public": true, "created_at": "2022-09-20T12:11:58Z", "updated_at": "2022-09-21T10:28:06Z", "description": "An updated gist description.", "comments": 0, "user": null, "comments_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/2decf6c462d9b4418f2/comments", "owner": { "login": "monalisa", "id": 104456405, "node_id": "U_kgDOBhHyLQ", "avatar_url": "https://avatars.githubusercontent.com/u/104456405?v=4", "gravatar_id": "", "url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa", "html_url": "https://github.com/monalisa", "followers_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/followers", "following_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/following{/other_user}", "gists_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/gists{/gist_id}", "starred_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/starred{/owner}{/repo}", "subscriptions_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/subscriptions", "organizations_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/orgs", "repos_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/repos", "events_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/events{/privacy}", "received_events_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/received_events", "type": "User", "site_admin": true }, "forks": [], "history": [ { "user": { "login": "monalisa", "id": 104456405, "node_id": "U_kgyLQ", "avatar_url": "https://avatars.githubusercontent.com/u/104456405?v=4", "gravatar_id": "", "url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa", "html_url": "https://github.com/monalisa", "followers_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/followers", "following_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/following{/other_user}", "gists_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/gists{/gist_id}", "starred_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/starred{/owner}{/repo}", "subscriptions_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/subscriptions", "organizations_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/orgs", "repos_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/repos", "events_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/events{/privacy}", "received_events_url": "https://api.github.com/users/monalisa/received_events", "type": "User", "site_admin": true }, "version": "468aac8caed5f0c3b859b8286968", "committed_at": "2022-09-21T10:28:06Z", "change_status": { "total": 2, "additions": 1, "deletions": 1 }, "url": "https://api.github.com/gists/8481a81af6b7a2d418f2/468aac8caed5f0c3b859b8286968" } ], "truncated": false }

List gists for a user

Lists public gists for the specified user:

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
sincestring

Only show notifications updated after the given time. This is a timestamp in ISO 8601 format: YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SSZ.

per_pageinteger

The number of results per page (max 100).

Default: 30

pageinteger

Page number of the results to fetch.

Default: 1

HTTP response status codes

Status codeDescription
200

OK

422

Validation failed, or the endpoint has been spammed.

Code samples

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

Response

Status: 200
[ { "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 } ]