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Export Github repository issues to markdown files:

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Dump issues and pull requests for a Github repository into a single, readable markdown file.

There are various other projects that handle Github issue exports (Eg. offline-issues), but I couldn’t find one that writes all issues, comments and metadata to a single readable file.

Example exports

An example exported file is included in the examples directory.

Default behaviour is to export all issues and open PRs. Closed PRs are ignored.

Github workflow: backup issues as a markdown file in your repo

@0ut0fcontrol contributed a github workflow that uses gh2md to run a nightly export to, and push it back to your repo. You can find the thread and workflow code here.

This has been added to the gh2md repo itself, so you can see an up-to-date export in


Run export for pope/ob-go, prompting for login to mygithubuser:

gh2md pope/ob-go --login mygithubuser

Run export for sarabander/sicp, passing in token:

gh2md sarabander/sicp --token myAPItoken

Run export for paulirish/git-open, pulling token from environment, and excluding closed PRs:

gh2md paulirish/git-open --no-closed-prs

Run export for shezadkhan137/required, pulling token from file, and excluding closed issues::

echo myAPItoken > ~/.github-token --no-closed-issues
gh2md shezadkhan137/required

Full help:

usage: gh2md [-h] [-l LOGIN_USER] [-t TOKEN] [-I] [--no-prs] [--no-closed-prs]
            [--no-issues] [--no-closed-issues]
            repo outpath

Export Github repository issues and comments into a single
markdown file.

Example: gh2md mattduck/gh2md

Credentials are resolved in the following order:

- The --login flag always takes precedence and will prompt for this user.
- The --token flag.
- A `GITHUB_ACCESS_TOKEN` environment variable.
- An API token stored in ~/.github-token.

positional arguments:
repo                  Github repo to export, in format "owner/repo_name".
outpath               Path to write exported issues.

optional arguments:
-h, --help            show this help message and exit
                        Prompt to login as this Github user. If provided, this
                        takes precedence over any token found in the
                        environment. If not provided and no token is found,
                        you will be prompted to login as the repository owner.
-t TOKEN, --token TOKEN
                        Automatically login with this Github API token. If
                        --login is provided, this is ignored.
-I, --idempotent      Remove non-deterministic values like timestamps. Two
                        runs of gh2md will always produce the same result, as
                        long as the Github data has not changed.
--no-prs              Don't include pull requests in the export.
--no-closed-prs       Don't include closed pull requests in the export.
--no-issues           Don't include issues in the export.
--no-closed-issues    Don't include closed issues in the export.


pip install gh2md. Alternatively, clone the repository and run make install.


  • Improve performance. Currently fetching issues using PyGithub is slow - I assume it’s possible to bulk-fetch most of the data.
  • Add flag to toggle inclusion of images.
  • Support 2FA login - currently if 2FA is enabled on your account you must setup an access token.

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