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Buildout extension to enable downloads from private GitHub repositories into buildout find-links and download recipes

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Buildout from GitHub

GitHub has become a commonly-used SCM tool for software engineering teams. The purpose of this Buildout extension is to enable the retrieval of source tarballs and static downloads from private repositories by using the API v3’s token-based authentication, combined with a bit of URL rewriting to retrieve files using the API server instead of the main website when required.

Please see the sections below for setup and usage instructions.

Request an API Key

Before you can access private repositories from this module, you must create and store an API key on each system running buildout. Unlike the v2 API where one key was issued per user, you may create as many keys as you like and revoke them at will.

API keys are tied to an individual user account.

You can create API v3 key using curl (please substitute your own GitHub user name):

curl -s -X POST -d '{"scopes": ["repo"]}' -u ${user} \ | grep token

Important Note: You MUST specify the scopes attribute to secure access to private repositories; leaving the scope blank provides read-only access to public data.

If you plan to make multiple keys for distribution to different systems (e.g. automated build environment), you might want to include a description to be able to distinguish them from one another later:

curl -s -X POST -d '{"note": "build001.mydomain.ext", "scopes": ["repo"]}' \
    -u ${user} | grep token

Store API Key in Git Config

Now configure the value of github.accesstoken to the hash returned from the command above:

git config --global github.accesstoken ${token}

For details on managing authorization GitHub’s OAuth tokens, see the API documentation:

GitHub Repository Downloads

You can instruct Buildout to download a tarball of any refid from your repository by specifying the same URL as you would use in your browser to retrieve it, using the following syntax:${user}/${project}/${archivetype}/${refid}

Important Note: The url must use the https protocol to be retrieved using this extension; URLs using the http protocol will be ignored.

In practice, you would typically use this to retrieve a tarball for installation as an egg in your buildout file, using a recipe similar to this:

find-links =

eggs = myproject

parts = myproject

unzip = true
recipe = zc.recipe.egg
path = myproject

Note: These URLs will be rewritten during retrieval to use the API v3 URL instead. If you wish, you can explicitly specify the API server URL for retriving the file:

GitHub Static Downloads (DEPRECATED)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Support for static downloads has been deprecated by GitHub as of 2012-12-11 and will be removed “in 90 days” (on or around 2013-03-11). If your project depends on this feature, now would be a good time to make alternate plans. For details, see the link below:

Static downloads that have been previously uploaded to your GitHub project may also be retrieved using the same URL you would use in your browser, formed as follows:${user}/${project}/${filename}

Important Note: As with repository downloads, the url must use the https protocol to be retrieved.

Since these files can contain static software releases as eggs or anything else you want (media files, configuration data, etc.) it is up to you how to use them in your buildout; a common pattern is to install them as a part in a fashion similar to the following example:

parts = mypart

recipe =
url =


Thanks to Bernd Dorn, Jürgen Kartnaller, Bernd Rössl and the rest at Lovely Systems for lovely.buildouthttp (upon which this project is based), and to Clayton Parker and Tarek Ziade for bugfixes and extensions.

Changes to githubbuildout

2013-04-25 0.2:

2012-06-21 0.1:

  • Initial Release (based on lovely.buildouthttp)

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