Get a list of all a user's public GitHub repositories using GitHub API and jq

I recently needed to do a quick audit on all my Ansible roles, and the easiest way (since almost every one is on GitHub, and that's the main source of truth I use) was to grab a list of all my GitHub repositories. However, it can be a little tricky if you have hundreds of repos. I'm guessing most people don't have this problem, but whether you do or not, the easiest way to get all of any given user's repositories using the GitHub v3 API is to run the following command:

curl "" | jq -r '.[] | .name'

Example output:

 20:36:48 ~ $ curl "" | jq -r '.[] | .name'
  % Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
                                 Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed
100  608k  100  608k    0     0   480k      0  0:00:01  0:00:01 --:--:--  481k

This will output up to the first 100 repositories. Grab another 100 by changing to page=2, and so on, and then concatenate the lists together, and voila, you'll have list of all the user's repos.

This command assumes you have curl and jq installed (on a Mac, just use brew install jq if it's not already there), and the -r option passed to jq strips out quotes so the list is ready for whatever you need to do with it!


If you only want to see your ansible repos, you can filter with jq like this

curl "" | jq -c '.[] | select(.name | contains("ansible"))' | jq -r .name

Quite true, would save a little extra effort! (would still need to paginate of course, since the list bubbles into the 2nd page).

How do you use this comment in python?

This is a really cool demonstration. Can this one-liner be modified to give private repositories in your own account?