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The REST API is now versioned. For more information, see "About API versioning."

REST API endpoints for gists

Use the REST API to list, create, update and delete the public gists on GitHub.

About gists

You can use the REST API to view and modify gists. For more information about gists, see "Editing and sharing content with gists."

Authentication

You can read public gists anonymously, but you must be signed into GitHub to create gists. 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 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 "Getting started with the REST API."

List gists for the authenticated user

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

Fine-grained access tokens for "List gists for the authenticated user"

This endpoint works with the following token types:

The token does not require any permissions.

Parameters for "List gists for the authenticated user"

Headers
Name, Type, Description
accept string

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

Query parameters
Name, Type, Description
since string

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

per_page integer

The number of results per page (max 100). For more information, see "Using pagination in the REST API."

Default: 30

page integer

The page number of the results to fetch. For more information, see "Using pagination in the REST API."

Default: 1

HTTP response status codes for "List gists for the authenticated user"

Status codeDescription
200

OK

304

Not modified

403

Forbidden

Code samples for "List gists for the authenticated user"

Request example

get/gists
curl -L \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ -H "X-GitHub-Api-Version: 2022-11-28" \ https://api.github.com/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.

Fine-grained access tokens for "Create a gist"

This endpoint works with the following token types:

The token must have the following permission set:

  • gists:write

Parameters for "Create a gist"

Headers
Name, Type, Description
accept string

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

Body parameters
Name, Type, Description
description string

Description of the gist

files object Required

Names and content for the files that make up the gist

Name, Type, Description
key object

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

Name, Type, Description
content string Required

Content of the file

public boolean or string

Flag indicating whether the gist is public

HTTP response status codes for "Create a gist"

Status codeDescription
201

Created

304

Not modified

403

Forbidden

404

Resource not found

422

Validation failed, or the endpoint has been spammed.

Code samples for "Create a gist"

Request example

post/gists
curl -L \ -X POST \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ -H "X-GitHub-Api-Version: 2022-11-28" \ https://api.github.com/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.

Fine-grained access tokens for "List public gists"

This endpoint works with the following token types:

The token does not require any permissions.

Parameters for "List public gists"

Headers
Name, Type, Description
accept string

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

Query parameters
Name, Type, Description
since string

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

per_page integer

The number of results per page (max 100). For more information, see "Using pagination in the REST API."

Default: 30

page integer

The page number of the results to fetch. For more information, see "Using pagination in the REST API."

Default: 1

HTTP response status codes for "List public gists"

Status codeDescription
200

OK

304

Not modified

403

Forbidden

422

Validation failed, or the endpoint has been spammed.

Code samples for "List public gists"

Request example

get/gists/public
curl -L \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ -H "X-GitHub-Api-Version: 2022-11-28" \ https://api.github.com/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:

Fine-grained access tokens for "List starred gists"

This endpoint works with the following token types:

The token does not require any permissions.

Parameters for "List starred gists"

Headers
Name, Type, Description
accept string

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

Query parameters
Name, Type, Description
since string

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

per_page integer

The number of results per page (max 100). For more information, see "Using pagination in the REST API."

Default: 30

page integer

The page number of the results to fetch. For more information, see "Using pagination in the REST API."

Default: 1

HTTP response status codes for "List starred gists"

Status codeDescription
200

OK

304

Not modified

401

Requires authentication

403

Forbidden

Code samples for "List starred gists"

Request example

get/gists/starred
curl -L \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ -H "X-GitHub-Api-Version: 2022-11-28" \ https://api.github.com/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

Gets a specified gist.

This endpoint supports the following custom media types. For more information, see "Media types."

  • application/vnd.github.raw+json: Returns the raw markdown. This is the default if you do not pass any specific media type.
  • application/vnd.github.base64+json: Returns the base64-encoded contents. This can be useful if your gist contains any invalid UTF-8 sequences.

Fine-grained access tokens for "Get a gist"

This endpoint works with the following token types:

The token does not require any permissions.

Parameters for "Get a gist"

Headers
Name, Type, Description
accept string

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

Path parameters
Name, Type, Description
gist_id string Required

The unique identifier of the gist.

HTTP response status codes for "Get a gist"

Status codeDescription
200

OK

304

Not modified

403

Forbidden Gist

404

Resource not found

Code samples for "Get a gist"

Request example

get/gists/{gist_id}
curl -L \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ -H "X-GitHub-Api-Version: 2022-11-28" \ https://api.github.com/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.

At least one of description or files is required.

This endpoint supports the following custom media types. For more information, see "Media types."

  • application/vnd.github.raw+json: Returns the raw markdown. This is the default if you do not pass any specific media type.
  • application/vnd.github.base64+json: Returns the base64-encoded contents. This can be useful if your gist contains any invalid UTF-8 sequences.

Fine-grained access tokens for "Update a gist"

This endpoint works with the following token types:

The token must have the following permission set:

  • gists:write

Parameters for "Update a gist"

Headers
Name, Type, Description
accept string

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

Path parameters
Name, Type, Description
gist_id string Required

The unique identifier of the gist.

Body parameters
Name, Type, Description
description string

The description of the gist.

files object

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. The file will also be deleted if the specified object does not contain at least one of content or filename.

Name, Type, Description
key object

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

Name, Type, Description
content string

The new content of the file.

filename string or null

The new filename for the file.

HTTP response status codes for "Update a gist"

Status codeDescription
200

OK

404

Resource not found

422

Validation failed, or the endpoint has been spammed.

Code samples for "Update a gist"

Request examples

patch/gists/{gist_id}
curl -L \ -X PATCH \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ -H "X-GitHub-Api-Version: 2022-11-28" \ https://api.github.com/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

Fine-grained access tokens for "Delete a gist"

This endpoint works with the following token types:

The token must have the following permission set:

  • gists:write

Parameters for "Delete a gist"

Headers
Name, Type, Description
accept string

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

Path parameters
Name, Type, Description
gist_id string Required

The unique identifier of the gist.

HTTP response status codes for "Delete a gist"

Status codeDescription
204

No Content

304

Not modified

403

Forbidden

404

Resource not found

Code samples for "Delete a gist"

Request example

delete/gists/{gist_id}
curl -L \ -X DELETE \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ -H "X-GitHub-Api-Version: 2022-11-28" \ https://api.github.com/gists/GIST_ID

Response

Status: 204

List gist commits

Fine-grained access tokens for "List gist commits"

This endpoint works with the following token types:

The token does not require any permissions.

Parameters for "List gist commits"

Headers
Name, Type, Description
accept string

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

Path parameters
Name, Type, Description
gist_id string Required

The unique identifier of the gist.

Query parameters
Name, Type, Description
per_page integer

The number of results per page (max 100). For more information, see "Using pagination in the REST API."

Default: 30

page integer

The page number of the results to fetch. For more information, see "Using pagination in the REST API."

Default: 1

HTTP response status codes for "List gist commits"

Status codeDescription
200

OK

304

Not modified

403

Forbidden

404

Resource not found

Code samples for "List gist commits"

Request example

get/gists/{gist_id}/commits
curl -L \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ -H "X-GitHub-Api-Version: 2022-11-28" \ https://api.github.com/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

Fine-grained access tokens for "List gist forks"

This endpoint works with the following token types:

The token does not require any permissions.

Parameters for "List gist forks"

Headers
Name, Type, Description
accept string

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

Path parameters
Name, Type, Description
gist_id string Required

The unique identifier of the gist.

Query parameters
Name, Type, Description
per_page integer

The number of results per page (max 100). For more information, see "Using pagination in the REST API."

Default: 30

page integer

The page number of the results to fetch. For more information, see "Using pagination in the REST API."

Default: 1

HTTP response status codes for "List gist forks"

Status codeDescription
200

OK

304

Not modified

403

Forbidden

404

Resource not found

Code samples for "List gist forks"

Request example

get/gists/{gist_id}/forks
curl -L \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ -H "X-GitHub-Api-Version: 2022-11-28" \ https://api.github.com/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

Fine-grained access tokens for "Fork a gist"

This endpoint works with the following token types:

The token must have the following permission set:

  • gists:write

Parameters for "Fork a gist"

Headers
Name, Type, Description
accept string

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

Path parameters
Name, Type, Description
gist_id string Required

The unique identifier of the gist.

HTTP response status codes for "Fork a gist"

Status codeDescription
201

Created

304

Not modified

403

Forbidden

404

Resource not found

422

Validation failed, or the endpoint has been spammed.

Code samples for "Fork a gist"

Request example

post/gists/{gist_id}/forks
curl -L \ -X POST \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ -H "X-GitHub-Api-Version: 2022-11-28" \ https://api.github.com/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

Fine-grained access tokens for "Check if a gist is starred"

This endpoint works with the following token types:

The token does not require any permissions.

Parameters for "Check if a gist is starred"

Headers
Name, Type, Description
accept string

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

Path parameters
Name, Type, Description
gist_id string Required

The unique identifier of the gist.

HTTP response status codes for "Check if a gist is starred"

Status codeDescription
204

Response if gist is starred

304

Not modified

403

Forbidden

404

Not Found if gist is not starred

Code samples for "Check if a gist is starred"

Request example

get/gists/{gist_id}/star
curl -L \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ -H "X-GitHub-Api-Version: 2022-11-28" \ https://api.github.com/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 method."

Fine-grained access tokens for "Star a gist"

This endpoint works with the following token types:

The token must have the following permission set:

  • gists:write

Parameters for "Star a gist"

Headers
Name, Type, Description
accept string

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

Path parameters
Name, Type, Description
gist_id string Required

The unique identifier of the gist.

HTTP response status codes for "Star a gist"

Status codeDescription
204

No Content

304

Not modified

403

Forbidden

404

Resource not found

Code samples for "Star a gist"

Request example

put/gists/{gist_id}/star
curl -L \ -X PUT \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ -H "X-GitHub-Api-Version: 2022-11-28" \ https://api.github.com/gists/GIST_ID/star

Response

Status: 204

Unstar a gist

Fine-grained access tokens for "Unstar a gist"

This endpoint works with the following token types:

The token must have the following permission set:

  • gists:write

Parameters for "Unstar a gist"

Headers
Name, Type, Description
accept string

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

Path parameters
Name, Type, Description
gist_id string Required

The unique identifier of the gist.

HTTP response status codes for "Unstar a gist"

Status codeDescription
204

No Content

304

Not modified

403

Forbidden

404

Resource not found

Code samples for "Unstar a gist"

Request example

delete/gists/{gist_id}/star
curl -L \ -X DELETE \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ -H "X-GitHub-Api-Version: 2022-11-28" \ https://api.github.com/gists/GIST_ID/star

Response

Status: 204

Get a gist revision

Gets a specified gist revision.

This endpoint supports the following custom media types. For more information, see "Media types."

  • application/vnd.github.raw+json: Returns the raw markdown. This is the default if you do not pass any specific media type.
  • application/vnd.github.base64+json: Returns the base64-encoded contents. This can be useful if your gist contains any invalid UTF-8 sequences.

Fine-grained access tokens for "Get a gist revision"

This endpoint works with the following token types:

The token does not require any permissions.

Parameters for "Get a gist revision"

Headers
Name, Type, Description
accept string

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

Path parameters
Name, Type, Description
gist_id string Required

The unique identifier of the gist.

sha string Required

HTTP response status codes for "Get a gist revision"

Status codeDescription
200

OK

403

Forbidden

404

Resource not found

422

Validation failed, or the endpoint has been spammed.

Code samples for "Get a gist revision"

Request example

get/gists/{gist_id}/{sha}
curl -L \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ -H "X-GitHub-Api-Version: 2022-11-28" \ https://api.github.com/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:

Fine-grained access tokens for "List gists for a user"

This endpoint works with the following token types:

The token does not require any permissions.

Parameters for "List gists for a user"

Headers
Name, Type, Description
accept string

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

Path parameters
Name, Type, Description
username string Required

The handle for the GitHub user account.

Query parameters
Name, Type, Description
since string

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

per_page integer

The number of results per page (max 100). For more information, see "Using pagination in the REST API."

Default: 30

page integer

The page number of the results to fetch. For more information, see "Using pagination in the REST API."

Default: 1

HTTP response status codes for "List gists for a user"

Status codeDescription
200

OK

422

Validation failed, or the endpoint has been spammed.

Code samples for "List gists for a user"

Request example

get/users/{username}/gists
curl -L \ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github+json" \ -H "Authorization: Bearer <YOUR-TOKEN>" \ -H "X-GitHub-Api-Version: 2022-11-28" \ https://api.github.com/users/USERNAME/gists

Response

Status: 200
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