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About self-hosted runners

You can host your own runners and customize the environment used to run jobs in your GitHub Actions workflows.

Observação: Executores hospedados em GitHub não são atualmente compatíveis com GitHub Enterprise Server. Você pode ver mais informações sobre suporte futuro planejado no Itinerário público do GitHub.

About self-hosted runners

A self-hosted runner is a system that you deploy and manage to execute jobs from GitHub Actions on your GitHub Enterprise Server instance. For more information about GitHub Actions, see "Understanding GitHub Actions" and "About GitHub Actions for enterprises."

With self-hosted runners, you can create custom hardware configurations that meet your needs with processing power or memory to run larger jobs, install software available on your local network, and choose an operating system. Self-hosted runners can be physical, virtual, in a container, on-premises, or in a cloud.

You can add self-hosted runners at various levels in the management hierarchy:

  • Repository-level runners are dedicated to a single repository.
  • Organization-level runners can process jobs for multiple repositories in an organization.
  • Enterprise-level runners can be assigned to multiple organizations in an enterprise account.

A sua máquina do executor conecta-se ao GitHub Enterprise Server usando o aplicativo do executor auto-hospedado de GitHub Actions. O aplicativo de executor do GitHub Actions tem código aberto. Você pode contribuir e arquivar problemas no repositório runner. When a new version is released, the runner application automatically updates itself when a job is assigned to the runner, or within a week of release if the runner hasn't been assigned any jobs.

Note: If you use ephemeral runners and have disabled automatic updates, before you upgrade your GitHub Enterprise Server instance, you should first upgrade your self-hosted runners to the version of the runner application that your upgraded instance will run. Upgrading your GitHub Enterprise Server instance before you upgrade ephemeral runners may result in your runners going offline. Para obter mais informações, consulte "Atualizar o GitHub Enterprise Server."

Um executor auto-hospedado é automaticamente removido de GitHub Enterprise Server se não se conectar a GitHub Actions por mais de 30 dias.

For more information about installing and using self-hosted runners, see "Adding self-hosted runners" and "Using self-hosted runners in a workflow."

Differences between GitHub-hosted and self-hosted runners

GitHub-hosted runners offer a quicker, simpler way to run your workflows, while self-hosted runners are a highly configurable way to run workflows in your own custom environment.

GitHub-hosted runners:

  • Receive automatic updates for the operating system, preinstalled packages and tools, and the self-hosted runner application.
  • Are managed and maintained by GitHub.
  • Provide a clean instance for every job execution.
  • Use free minutes on your GitHub plan, with per-minute rates applied after surpassing the free minutes.

Self-hosted runners:

  • Receive automatic updates for the self-hosted runner application only. You are responsible for updating the operating system and all other software.
  • Can use cloud services or local machines that you already pay for.
  • Are customizable to your hardware, operating system, software, and security requirements.
  • Don't need to have a clean instance for every job execution.
  • Are free to use with GitHub Actions, but you are responsible for the cost of maintaining your runner machines.
  • Can be organized into groups to restrict access to specific organizations and repositories. For more information, see "Managing access to self-hosted runners using groups."

Requirements for self-hosted runner machines

You can use any machine as a self-hosted runner as long at it meets these requirements:

Autoscaling your self-hosted runners

You can automatically increase or decrease the number of self-hosted runners in your environment in response to the webhook events you receive. For more information, see "Autoscaling with self-hosted runners."

Usage limits

There are some limits on GitHub Actions usage when using self-hosted runners. These limits are subject to change.

  • Workflow run time - Each workflow run is limited to 35 days. Se a execução de um fluxo de trabalho atingir esse limite, a execução do fluxo de trabalho será cancelada. This period includes execution duration, and time spent on waiting and approval.
  • Job queue time - Each job for self-hosted runners can be queued for a maximum of 24 hours. If a self-hosted runner does not start executing the job within this limit, the job is terminated and fails to complete.
  • Solicitações de API - Você pode executar até 1000 solicitações de API por hora em todas as ações dentro de um repositório. Se excedido, as chamadas de API adicionais falharão, o que pode causar falha nas tarefas.
  • Job matrix - Uma matriz de tarefas pode gerar 256 tarefas no máximo por execução do fluxo de trabalho. This limit applies to both GitHub Enterprise Server-hosted and self-hosted runners.
  • Fila de execução do fluxo de trabalho - Apenas 500 execuções do fluxo de trabalho podem ser enfileiradas em um segundo intervalo de 10 segundos por repositório. Se a execução de um fluxo de trabalho atingir esse limite, a execução do fluxo de trabalho terminará e falhará em ser concluída.

Workflow continuity for self-hosted runners

Se os serviços de GitHub Actions estiverem temporariamente indisponíveis, a execução do fluxo de trabalho será descartada se não tiver sido enfileirada em 30 minutos após ser acionada. Por exemplo, se um fluxo de trabalho for acionado e os serviços de GitHub Actions não estiverem disponíveis por 31 minutos ou mais, a execução do fluxo de trabalho não será processada.

Supported architectures and operating systems for self-hosted runners

The following operating systems are supported for the self-hosted runner application.


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 or later
  • CentOS 7 or later
  • Oracle Linux 7
  • Fedora 29 or later
  • Debian 9 or later
  • Ubuntu 16.04 or later
  • Linux Mint 18 or later
  • openSUSE 15 or later
  • SUSE Enterprise Linux (SLES) 12 SP2 or later


  • Windows 7 64-bit
  • Windows 8.1 64-bit
  • Windows 10 64-bit
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 64-bit
  • Windows Server 2019 64-bit


  • macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) or later


The following processor architectures are supported for the self-hosted runner application.

  • x64 - Linux, macOS, Windows.
  • ARM64 - Linux only.
  • ARM32 - Linux only.

Supported actions on self-hosted runners

Some extra configuration might be required to use actions from with GitHub Enterprise Server, or to use the actions/setup-LANGUAGE actions with self-hosted runners that do not have internet access. For more information, see "Managing access to actions from" and contact your GitHub Enterprise site administrator.

Communication between self-hosted runners and GitHub Enterprise Server

The self-hosted runner connects to GitHub Enterprise Server to receive job assignments and to download new versions of the runner application. The self-hosted runner uses an HTTP(S) long poll that opens a connection to GitHub Enterprise Server for 50 seconds, and if no response is received, it then times out and creates a new long poll. The application must be running on the machine to accept and run GitHub Actions jobs.

A conexão entre runners auto-hospedados e GitHub Enterprise Server é por meio de HTTP (porta 80) ou HTTPS (porta 443). Para garantir conectividade por meio de HTTPS, configure TLS para your GitHub Enterprise Server instance. Para obter mais informações, consulte "Configurando TLS".

Only an outbound connection from the runner to your GitHub Enterprise Server instance is required. There is no need for an inbound connection from your GitHub Enterprise Server instance to the runner.

GitHub Enterprise Server must accept inbound connections from your runners over HTTP(S) at your GitHub Enterprise Server instance's hostname and API subdomain, and your runners must allow outbound connections over HTTP(S) to your GitHub Enterprise Server instance's hostname and API subdomain.

Self-hosted runners do not require any external internet access in order to function. As a result, you can use network routing to direct communication between the self-hosted runner and your GitHub Enterprise Server instance. For example, you can assign a private IP address to your self-hosted runner and configure routing to send traffic to your GitHub Enterprise Server instance, with no need for traffic to traverse a public network.

You can also use self-hosted runners with a proxy server. For more information, see "Using a proxy server with self-hosted runners."

For more information about troubleshooting common network connectivity issues, see "Monitoring and troubleshooting self-hosted runners."

Communication between self-hosted runners and

Self-hosted runners do not need to connect to unless you have enabled automatic access to actions for your GitHub Enterprise Server instance. For more information, see "About using actions in your enterprise."

If you have enabled automatic access to actions, then the self-hosted runner will connect directly to to download actions. You must ensure that the machine has the appropriate network access to communicate with the GitHub URLs listed below.

Note: Some of the domains listed above are configured using CNAME records. Some firewalls might require you to add rules recursively for all CNAME records. Note that the CNAME records might change in the future, and that only the domains listed above will remain constant.

Self-hosted runner security

Untrusted workflows running on your self-hosted runner pose significant security risks for your machine and network environment, especially if your machine persists its environment between jobs. Some of the risks include:

  • Malicious programs running on the machine.
  • Escaping the machine's runner sandbox.
  • Exposing access to the machine's network environment.
  • Persisting unwanted or dangerous data on the machine.

For more information about security hardening for self-hosted runners, see "Security hardening for GitHub Actions."

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