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Using starter workflows

GitHub Enterprise Server provides starter workflows for a variety of languages and tooling.

Note: GitHub-hosted runners are not currently supported on GitHub Enterprise Server. You can see more information about planned future support on the GitHub public roadmap.

About starter workflows

GitHub Enterprise Server offers starter workflows for a variety of languages and tooling. When you set up workflows in your repository, GitHub Enterprise Server analyzes the code in your repository and recommends workflows based on the language and framework in your repository. For example, if you use Node.js, GitHub Enterprise Server will suggest a starter workflow file that installs your Node.js packages and runs your tests. You can search and filter to find relevant starter workflows.

GitHub provides ready-to-use starter workflows for the following high level categories:

  • Deployment (CD). For more information, see "About continuous deployment."

  • Continuous Integration (CI). For more information, see "About continuous integration."

  • Automation. Automation starter workflows offer solutions for automating workflows, such as triaging pull requests and applying a label based on the paths that are modified in the pull request, or greeting users who are first time contributors to the repository.

You can also create your own starter workflow to share with your organization. These starter workflows will appear alongside the GitHub Enterprise Server-provided starter workflows. For more information, see "Creating starter workflows for your organization."

Using starter workflows

Anyone with write permission to a repository can set up GitHub Actions starter workflows for CI/CD or other automation.

  1. On your GitHub Enterprise Server instance, navigate to the main page of the repository.

  2. Under your repository name, click Actions.

    Screenshot of the tabs for the "github/docs" repository. The "Actions" tab is highlighted with an orange outline.

  3. If you already have a workflow in your repository, click New workflow.

  4. The "Choose a workflow" page shows a selection of recommended starter workflows. Find the starter workflow that you want to use, then click Configure. To help you find the starter workflow that you want, you can search for keywords or filter by category.

  5. If the starter workflow contains comments detailing additional setup steps, follow these steps. Many of the starter workflow have corresponding guides. For more information, see the GitHub Actions guides.

  6. Some starter workflows use secrets. For example, ${{ secrets.npm_token }}. If the starter workflow uses a secret, store the value described in the secret name as a secret in your repository. For more information, see "Encrypted secrets."

  7. Optionally, make additional changes. For example, you might want to change the value of on to change when the workflow runs.

  8. Click Start commit.

  9. Write a commit message and decide whether to commit directly to the default branch or to open a pull request.

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