Watches github.com for new public repositories
Poacher polls github.com for newly created repositories, allowing you to obtain the URLs (or any other information provided by the Github API) for all new public repositories as they are created.
Install using pip:
pip install poacher
Full documentation for poacher Python API is here https://poacher.readthedocs.io
For fun. It’s not something the Github API explicitly provides, and it’s a bit of a hack.
How does it work?
The Github API only allows you to fetch information about a specific repository by passing the repository ID, or of course the repository URL, however we’re interested in the ID in this case. There’s nothing really special about the repo ID, it’s just a number that gets incremented each time a repo is created. So the first ever repo has the ID “1”, and the 4,000th repo has the ID “4000”, etc.
This means we can determine the latest repo ID with a little brute force. Requests for a non-existent ID (or a private repo that your account cannot access) will fail, so with a simple binary search we can determine the highest repo ID currently in use, with a fairly small number of steps. Once we have this reference point, we can poll continuously for the next repo ID to be in use, and in this way “watch” the stream of new repos as they are being created.
Casual command-line usage
An example command-line program using poacher, poacher-monitor is provided with this package. poacher-monitor will print the clone URLs of new public repositories on github.com as they are created. Basic usage looks like this;
$> poacher-monitor Github username: eriknyquist Github password: https://github.com/chungbinkley/ch09-builderimage.git https://github.com/zhonghuihuo/JavaCardAppletBasics.git https://github.com/hlp2002/BaiduyunSpider.git https://github.com/Alex-X-W/Misc-Projects.git https://github.com/haimli/javacsv.git https://github.com/NazarMykhailechko/crm_corporate.git https://github.com/DEVHARAM/blockchain.git https://github.com/meitesi/get-docker.git https://github.com/criverso/Resumeportfolio.git https://github.com/macman178/binance-api-node.git
Or, pass your username and password as arguments instead:
$> poacher-monitor -u github-username -p github-password
poacher-monitor has several command-line options. To see a full description of all options, run poacher-monitor -h
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