Custom media types are used in the API to let consumers choose the format
of the data they wish to receive. This is done by adding one or more of
the following types to the
Accept header when you make a request. Media types
are specific to resources, allowing them to change independently and support
formats that other resources don't.
All GitHub media types look like this:
The most basic media types the API supports are:
Neither of these specify a version, so you will always get the current default JSON representation of resources.
Important: The default version of the API may change in the
future. If you're building an application and care about the stability of
the API, be sure to request a specific version in the
header as shown in the examples below.
You can specify a version like so:
If you're specifying a property (such as full/raw/etc defined below), put the version before the property:
You can check the current version through every response's headers. Look
$ curl https://api.github.com/users/technoweenie -I > HTTP/2 200 > X-GitHub-Media-Type: github.v3 $ curl https://api.github.com/users/technoweenie -I \ $ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github.full+json" > HTTP/2 200 > X-GitHub-Media-Type: github.v3; param=full; format=json $ curl https://api.github.com/users/technoweenie -I \ $ -H "Accept: application/vnd.github.v3.full+json" > HTTP/2 200 > X-GitHub-Media-Type: github.v3; param=full; format=json
Return the raw markdown body. Response will include
body. This is the
default if you do not pass any specific media type.
Return a text only representation of the markdown body. Response will
Return HTML rendered from the body's markdown. Response will include
Return raw, text and HTML representations. Response will include
The following media types are allowed when getting a blob:
Return JSON representation of the blob with
content as a base64
encoded string. This is the default if nothing is passed.
Return the raw blob data.
Return the raw contents of a file. This is the default if you do not pass any specific media type.
For markup files such as Markdown or AsciiDoc, you can retrieve the rendered HTML using the
.html media type. Markup languages are rendered to HTML using our open-source Markup library.
Return the raw contents of a gist. This is the default if you do not pass any specific media type.
The gist contents are base64-encoded before being sent out. This can be useful if your gist contains any invalid UTF-8 sequences.