GitHub CLI is an open source tool for using GitHub from your computer's command line. When you're working from the command line, you can use the GitHub CLI to save time and avoid switching context.
GitHub CLI includes GitHub features such as:
- View, create, clone, and fork repositories
- Create, close, edit, and view issues and pull requests
- Review, diff, and merge pull requests
- Run, view, and list workflows
- Create, list, view, and delete releases
- Create, edit, list, view, and delete gists
- List, create, delete, and connect to a codespace
- Retrieve information from the GitHub API
For more information about what you can do with GitHub CLI, see the GitHub CLI manual.
The Git command line interface (
git) allows you to work with a local or remote Git repository. The remote repository may be hosted on GitHub or it may be hosted by another service.
GitHub CLI (
gh) is specifically for working with GitHub. It allows you to use the command line to interact with GitHub in all sorts of ways, as illustrated by the previous list. If you tend to work on the command line you may prefer using GitHub CLI instead of using GitHub in a browser. GitHub CLI also makes it easier for you to create scripts to automate GitHub operations.
For installation instructions for GitHub CLI, see the GitHub CLI repository.
If you have feedback or feature requests, you can open an issue in the