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Our integration with GitHub allows you to export GitHub objects to Port as entities of existing blueprints. The integration supports real-time event processing so Port always provides an accurate real-time representation of your GitHub resources.

💡 GitHub integration common use cases

Our GitHub integration makes it easy to fill the software catalog with data directly from your GitHub organization, for example:

  • Map all the resources in your GitHub organization, including services, pull requests, workflows, workflow runs, teams , dependabot alerts, deployment environments and other GitHub objects.
  • Watch for GitHub object changes (create/update/delete) in real-time, and automatically apply the changes to your entities in Port.
  • Manage Port entities using GitOps.
  • Trigger GitHub workflows directly from Port.

Installation

To install Port's GitHub app, follow the installation guide.

Ingesting Git objects

By using Port's GitHub app, you can automatically ingest GitHub resources into Port based on real-time events.

The app allows you to ingest a variety of objects resources provided by the GitHub API, including repositories, pull requests, workflows and more. It also allows you to perform "extract, transform, load (ETL)" on data from the GitHub API into the desired software catalog data model.

The GitHub app uses a YAML configuration file to describe the ETL process to load data into the developer portal. The approach reflects a golden middle between an overly opinionated Git visualization that might not work for everyone and a too-broad approach that could introduce unneeded complexity into the developer portal.

After installing the app, Port will automatically create a service blueprint in your catalog (representing a GitHub repository), along with a default YAML configuration file that defines where the data fetched from Github's API should go in the blueprint.

Configuration

To ingest GitHub objects, use one of the following methods:

To manage your GitHub integration configuration using Port:

  1. Go to the data sources page of your portal.
  2. Under Exporters, click on your desired GitHub organization.
  3. A window will open containing the default YAML configuration of your GitHub integration.
  4. Here you can modify the configuration to suit your needs, by adding/removing entries.
  5. When finished, click resync to apply any changes.

Using this method applies the configuration to all repositories that the GitHub app has permissions to.

When configuring the integration using Port, the YAML configuration is global, allowing you to specify mappings for multiple Port blueprints.

Important

When using Port, the specified configuration will override any other configuration source (both global configuration using GitHub and granular configuration using GitHub).

If you want to delete the configuration specified in Port and use Github instead, simply replace the mapping content in Port with null, then click Save & resync.

Here is an example snippet from the port-app-config.yml file which demonstrates the ETL process for getting githubPullRequest data from the GitHub organization and into the software catalog:

resources:
# Extract
- kind: pull-request
selector:
query: "true" # JQ boolean query. If evaluated to false - skip syncing the object.
port:
entity:
mappings:
# Transform & Load
identifier: ".head.repo.name + (.id|tostring)" # The Entity identifier will be the repository name + the pull request ID. After the Entity is created, the exporter will send `PATCH` requests to update this pull request within Port.
title: ".title"
blueprint: '"githubPullRequest"'
properties:
creator: ".user.login"
assignees: "[.assignees[].login]"
reviewers: "[.requested_reviewers[].login]"
status: ".status" # merged, closed, open
closedAt: ".closed_at"
updatedAt: ".updated_at"
mergedAt: ".merged_at"
prNumber: ".id"
link: ".html_url"

The app makes use of the JQ JSON processor to select, modify, concatenate, transform and perform other operations on existing fields and values from GitHub's API events.

port-app-config.yml file

The port-app-config.yml file is how you specify the exact resources you want to query from your GitHub organization, and also how you specify which entities and which properties you want to fill with data from GitHub.

Note that when using Port's UI to configure the GitHub integration, port-app-config.yml refers to the YAML editor window where you can modify the configuration.

Here is an example port-app-config.yml block:

resources:
- kind: repository
selector:
query: "true" # JQ boolean query. If evaluated to false - skip syncing the object.
port:
entity:
mappings:
identifier: ".name" # The Entity identifier will be the repository name.
title: ".name"
blueprint: '"service"'
properties:
url: ".html_url"
description: ".description"

port-app-config.yml structure

Filtering unwanted objects

The selector and the query keys let you filter exactly which objects from the specified kind will be ingested into the software catalog:

resources:
- kind: repository
selector:
query: "true" # JQ boolean query. If evaluated to false - skip syncing the object.
port:

For example, to ingest only repositories that have a name starting with "service", use the query key like this:

query: .name | startswith("service")

The port, entity and the mappings keys open the section used to map the GitHub API object fields to Port entities. To create multiple mappings of the same kind, you can add another item to the resources array:

resources:
- kind: repository
selector:
query: "true"
port:
entity:
mappings: # Mappings between one GitHub API object to a Port entity. Each value is a JQ query.
currentIdentifier: ".name" # OPTIONAL - keep it only in case you want to change the identifier of an existing entity from "currentIdentifier" to "identifier".
identifier: ".name"
title: ".name"
blueprint: '"service"'
properties:
description: ".description"
url: ".html_url"
defaultBranch: ".default_branch"
- kind: repository # In this instance repository is mapped again with a different filter
selector:
query: '.name == "MyRepositoryName"'
port:
entity:
mappings: ...
tip

Pay attention to the value of the blueprint key, if you want to use a hardcoded string, you need to encapsulate it in 2 sets of quotes, for example use a pair of single-quotes (') and then another pair of double-quotes (")

Permissions

Port's GitHub integration requires the following permissions:

  • Repository permissions:

    • Actions: Read and Write (for executing self-service action using GitHub workflow).
    • Administration: Readonly (for exporting repository teams)
    • Checks: Read and Write (for validating port.yml).
    • Contents: Readonly.
    • Metadata: Readonly.
    • Issues: Readonly.
    • Pull requests: Read and write.
    • Dependabot alerts: Readonly.
    • Deployments: Readonly.
    • Environments: Readonly.
    • Code scanning alerts: Readonly.
  • Organization permissions:

    • Members: Readonly (for exporting organization teams).
    • Administration: Readonly (for exporting organization users).
  • Repository events (required to receive changes via webhook from GitHub and apply the port-app-config.yml configuration on them):

    • Issues
    • Pull requests
    • Push
    • Workflow run
    • Team
    • Dependabot Alerts
    • Deployment
    • Branch protection rule
    • Code scanning alert
    • Member
    • Membership
note

You will be prompted to confirm these permissions when first installing the App.

Permissions can be given to select repositories in your organization, or to all repositories. You can reconfigure the app at any time, giving it access to new repositories, or removing access.

Examples

Refer to the examples page for practical configurations and their corresponding blueprint definitions.

GitOps

Port's GitHub app also provides GitOps capabilities, refer to the GitOps page to learn more.

Advanced

Refer to the advanced page for advanced use cases and examples.

Self-hosted installation

Port's GitHub app also supports a self-hosted installation, refer to the self-hosted installation page to learn more.

Additional resources