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§Octocrab: A modern, extensible GitHub API client.

Octocrab is an third party GitHub API client, allowing you to easily build your own GitHub integrations or bots. octocrab comes with two primary set of APIs for communicating with GitHub, a high level strongly typed semantic API, and a lower level HTTP API for extending behaviour.

§Semantic API

The semantic API provides strong typing around GitHub’s API, as well as a set of models that maps to GitHub’s types. Currently the following modules are available.

§Getting a Pull Request
// Get pull request #404 from `octocrab/repo`.
let pr = octocrab::instance().pulls("octocrab", "repo").get(404).await?;

All methods with multiple optional parameters are built as Builder structs, allowing you to easily specify parameters.

§Listing issues
use octocrab::{models, params};

let octocrab = octocrab::instance();
// Returns the first page of all issues.
let mut page = octocrab.issues("octocrab", "repo")
    // Optional Parameters

// Go through every page of issues. Warning: There's no rate limiting so
// be careful.
let results = octocrab.all_pages::<models::issues::Issue>(page).await?;


The typed API currently doesn’t cover all of GitHub’s API at this time, and even if it did GitHub is in active development and this library will likely always be somewhat behind GitHub at some points in time. However that shouldn’t mean that in order to use those features that you have to now fork or replace octocrab with your own solution.

Instead octocrab exposes a suite of HTTP methods allowing you to easily extend Octocrab’s existing behaviour. Using these HTTP methods allows you to keep using the same authentication and configuration, while having control over the request and response. There is a method for each HTTP method get, post, patch, put, delete, all of which accept a relative route and a optional body.

let user: octocrab::models::Author = octocrab::instance()
    .get("/user", None::<&()>)

Each of the HTTP methods expects a body, formats the URL with the base URL, and errors if GitHub doesn’t return a successful status, but this isn’t always desired when working with GitHub’s API, sometimes you need to check the response status or headers. As such there are companion methods _get, _post, etc. that perform no additional pre or post-processing to the request.

let octocrab = octocrab::instance();
let response = octocrab

// You can also use `Uri::builder().authority("<my custom base>").path_and_query("<my custom path>")` if you want to customize the base uri and path.
let response =  octocrab
    ._get(Uri::builder().path_and_query("/organizations").build().expect("valid uri"))

You can use the those HTTP methods to easily create your own extensions to Octocrab’s typed API. (Requires async_trait).

use octocrab::{Octocrab, Page, Result, models};

trait OrganisationExt {
  async fn list_every_organisation(&self) -> Result<Page<models::orgs::Organization>>;

impl OrganisationExt for Octocrab {
  async fn list_every_organisation(&self) -> Result<Page<models::orgs::Organization>> {
    self.get("organizations", None::<&()>).await

You can also easily access new properties that aren’t available in the current models using serde.

§Static API

octocrab also provides a statically reference count version of its API, allowing you to easily plug it into existing systems without worrying about having to integrate and pass around the client.

// Initialises the static instance with your configuration and returns an
// instance of the client.
tokio_test::block_on(async {
// Gets a instance of `Octocrab` from the static API. If you call this
// without first calling `octocrab::initialise` a default client will be
// initialised and returned instead.

§GitHub webhook application support

octocrab provides deserializable datatypes for the payloads received by a GitHub application responding to webhooks. This allows you to write a typesafe application using Rust with pattern-matching/enum-dispatch to respond to events.

Note: Webhook support in octocrab is still beta, not all known webhook events are strongly typed.

// request_from_github is the HTTP request your webhook handler received
let (parts, body) = request_from_github.into_parts();
let header = parts.headers.get("X-GitHub-Event").unwrap().to_str().unwrap();

let event = WebhookEvent::try_from_header_and_body(header, &body).unwrap();
// Now you can match on event type and call any specific handling logic
match event.kind {
    WebhookEventType::Ping => info!("Received a ping"),
    WebhookEventType::PullRequest => info!("Received a pull request event"),
    // ...
    _ => warn!("Ignored event"),





  • A trait for mapping from a http::Response to an another type.


  • Formats a media type from it’s name into the full value for the Accept header.
  • Formats a GitHub preview from it’s name into the full value for the Accept header.
  • Initialises the static instance using the configuration set by builder.
  • Returns a new instance of Octocrab. If it hasn’t been previously initialised it returns a default instance with no authentication set.
  • Maps a GitHub error response into and Err() variant if the status is not a success.

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