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

Meta

Use the REST API to get meta information about GitHub, including the IP addresses of GitHub services.

GitHub API Root

Works with GitHub Apps

Get Hypermedia links to resources accessible in GitHub's REST API

HTTP response status codes for "GitHub API Root"

Status codeDescription
200

OK

Code samples for "GitHub API Root"

get/
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/

Response

Status: 200
{ "current_user_url": "https://api.github.com/user", "current_user_authorizations_html_url": "https://github.com/settings/connections/applications{/client_id}", "authorizations_url": "https://api.github.com/authorizations", "code_search_url": "https://api.github.com/search/code?q={query}{&page,per_page,sort,order}", "commit_search_url": "https://api.github.com/search/commits?q={query}{&page,per_page,sort,order}", "emails_url": "https://api.github.com/user/emails", "emojis_url": "https://api.github.com/emojis", "events_url": "https://api.github.com/events", "feeds_url": "https://api.github.com/feeds", "followers_url": "https://api.github.com/user/followers", "following_url": "https://api.github.com/user/following{/target}", "gists_url": "https://api.github.com/gists{/gist_id}", "hub_url": "https://api.github.com/hub", "issue_search_url": "https://api.github.com/search/issues?q={query}{&page,per_page,sort,order}", "issues_url": "https://api.github.com/issues", "keys_url": "https://api.github.com/user/keys", "label_search_url": "https://api.github.com/search/labels?q={query}&repository_id={repository_id}{&page,per_page}", "notifications_url": "https://api.github.com/notifications", "organization_url": "https://api.github.com/orgs/{org}", "organization_repositories_url": "https://api.github.com/orgs/{org}/repos{?type,page,per_page,sort}", "organization_teams_url": "https://api.github.com/orgs/{org}/teams", "public_gists_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/public", "rate_limit_url": "https://api.github.com/rate_limit", "repository_url": "https://api.github.com/repos/{owner}/{repo}", "repository_search_url": "https://api.github.com/search/repositories?q={query}{&page,per_page,sort,order}", "current_user_repositories_url": "https://api.github.com/user/repos{?type,page,per_page,sort}", "starred_url": "https://api.github.com/user/starred{/owner}{/repo}", "starred_gists_url": "https://api.github.com/gists/starred", "topic_search_url": "https://api.github.com/search/topics?q={query}{&page,per_page}", "user_url": "https://api.github.com/users/{user}", "user_organizations_url": "https://api.github.com/user/orgs", "user_repositories_url": "https://api.github.com/users/{user}/repos{?type,page,per_page,sort}", "user_search_url": "https://api.github.com/search/users?q={query}{&page,per_page,sort,order}" }

Get GitHub meta information

Works with GitHub Apps

Returns meta information about GitHub, including a list of GitHub's IP addresses. For more information, see "About GitHub's IP addresses."

The values shown in the documentation's response are example values. You must always query the API directly to get the latest values.

Note: This endpoint returns both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses. However, not all features support IPv6. You should refer to the specific documentation for each feature to determine if IPv6 is supported.

HTTP response status codes for "Get GitHub meta information"

Status codeDescription
200

OK

304

Not modified

Code samples for "Get GitHub meta information"

get/meta
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/meta

Response

Status: 200
{ "verifiable_password_authentication": true, "ssh_key_fingerprints": { "SHA256_RSA": 1234567890, "SHA256_DSA": 1234567890, "SHA256_ECDSA": 1234567890, "SHA256_ED25519": 1234567890 }, "ssh_keys": [ "ssh-ed25519 ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ", "ecdsa-sha2-nistp256 ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ", "ssh-rsa ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ" ], "hooks": [ "192.0.2.1" ], "web": [ "192.0.2.1" ], "api": [ "192.0.2.1" ], "git": [ "192.0.2.1" ], "packages": [ "192.0.2.1" ], "pages": [ "192.0.2.1" ], "importer": [ "192.0.2.1" ], "actions": [ "192.0.2.1" ], "dependabot": [ "192.0.2.1" ] }

Get Octocat

Works with GitHub Apps

Get the octocat as ASCII art

Parameters for "Get Octocat"

Headers
Name, Type, Description
accept string

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

Query parameters
Name, Type, Description
s string

The words to show in Octocat's speech bubble

HTTP response status codes for "Get Octocat"

Status codeDescription
200

OK

Code samples for "Get Octocat"

get/octocat
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/octocat

Response

Status: 200
" MMM. .MMM\n MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM\n MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM ___________________________________\n MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM | |\n MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM | Avoid administrative distraction. |\n MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM |_ _______________________________|\n MMMM::- -:::::::- -::MMMM |/\n MM~:~ 00~:::::~ 00~:~MM\n .. MMMMM::.00:::+:::.00::MMMMM ..\n .MM::::: ._. :::::MM.\n MMMM;:::::;MMMM\n -MM MMMMMMM\n ^ M+ MMMMMMMMM\n MMMMMMM MM MM MM\n MM MM MM MM\n MM MM MM MM\n .~~MM~MM~MM~MM~~.\n ~~~~MM:~MM~~~MM~:MM~~~~\n ~~~~~~==~==~~~==~==~~~~~~\n ~~~~~~==~==~==~==~~~~~~\n :~==~==~==~==~~\n"

Get all API versions

Works with GitHub Apps

Get all supported GitHub API versions.

HTTP response status codes for "Get all API versions"

Status codeDescription
200

OK

404

Resource not found

Code samples for "Get all API versions"

get/versions
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/versions

Response

Status: 200
[ "2021-01-01", "2021-06-01", "2022-01-01" ]

Get the Zen of GitHub

Works with GitHub Apps

Get a random sentence from the Zen of GitHub

HTTP response status codes for "Get the Zen of GitHub"

Status codeDescription
200

OK

Code samples for "Get the Zen of GitHub"

get/zen
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/zen

Example response

Status: 200
"Responsive is better than fast"