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Query GitHub organizations and repositories with cnquery

Rely on cnquery to query and inventory your GitHub organizations and private repositories (repos) as well as public repos and open source projects your team depends on.

Give cnquery access using the GitHub API

To query GitHub organizations and repos, cnquery needs access. You give cnquery the access it needs through the GitHub API. First, you create GitHub personal access token. Then you share that token with cnquery using an environment variable.

Create a GitHub personal access token

cnquery needs a personal access token to query a GitHub organization, public repo, or private repo. The token's level of access determines how much information cnquery can retrieve.

To learn how to create a personal access token, read Creating a personal access token in the GitHub documentation.

Configure a GITHUB_TOKEN environment variable

You supply your personal access token to cnquery using the GITHUB_TOKEN environment variable.

Linux / macOS

export GITHUB_TOKEN=<your personal access token>


$Env:GITHUB_TOKEN = "<personal-access-token>"

Query GitHub

To answer any question about your environment, use cnquery's interactive shell. It has auto-complete to guide you, which is especially helpful when you're new to cnquery and learning MQL.

To launch a shell into your GitHub organization, enter:

cnquery shell github org YOUR-ORG

For YOUR-ORG, substitute the name of your GitHub organization.

Discover capabilities with the help command

Once inside the shell, use the help command to learn what GitHub resources you can query. This command lists all the GitHub resources:

help github

From the resulting list, you can drill down further. For example, enter this command to list all the GitHub resources you can query:

help github.organization

Example query

Now that you know how to discover what's possible with cnquery, let's run some actual queries in the shell.

This query returns the number of private repos in the organization:


Filter results

You can filter results based on any fields. Specify the criteria using the where function and standard boolean operators.

For example, this query asks for repo branches, and filters results to show only protected branches:

github.repository.branches.where( protected == true )

Exit the cnquery shell

To exit the cnquery shell, either press Ctrl + D or type exit.## Query a GitHub organization

To query the configuration of your GitHub organization, run the following command:

cnquery shell github org <ORG_NAME>

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