You can import tasks from your Github instance using the github service name.

Example Service

Here’s an example of a Github target:

service = github
github.login = ralphbean
github.password = OMG_LULZ
github.username = ralphbean

The above example is the minimum required to import issues from Github. You can also feel free to use any of the configuration options described in Common Service Configuration Options or described in Service Features below.

github.login is used to specify what account bugwarrior should use to login to github, combined with github.password.

If two-factor authentication is used, github.token must be given rather than github.password. To get a token, go to the “Personal access tokens” section of your profile settings. Only the public_repo scope is required, but access to private repos can be gained with repo as well.

Service Features

Repo Owner

github.username indicates which repositories should be scraped. For instance, I always have github.login set to ralphbean (my account). But I have some targets with github.username pointed at organizations or other users to watch issues there. This parameter is required unless github.query is provided.

Include and Exclude Certain Repositories

By default, issues from all repos belonging to github.username are included. To turn this off, set:

github.include_user_repos = False

If you happen to be working with a large number of projects, you may want to pull issues from only a subset of your repositories. To do that, you can use the github.include_repos option.

For example, if you would like to only pull-in issues from your project_foo and project_fox repositories, you could add this line to your service configuration:

github.include_repos = project_foo,project_fox

Alternatively, if you have a particularly noisy repository, you can instead choose to import all issues excepting it using the github.exclude_repos configuration option.

In this example, noisy_repository is the repository you would not like issues created for:

github.exclude_repos = noisy_repository

Import Labels as Tags

The Github issue tracker allows you to attach labels to issues; to use those labels as tags, you can use the github.import_labels_as_tags option:

github.import_labels_as_tags = True

Also, if you would like to control how these labels are created, you can specify a template used for converting the Github label into a Taskwarrior tag.

For example, to prefix all incoming labels with the string ‘github’ (perhaps to differentiate them from any existing tags you might have), you could add the following configuration option:

github.label_template = github_{{label}}

In addition to the context variable {{label}}, you also have access to all fields on the Taskwarrior task if needed.


See Field Templates for more details regarding how templates are processed.

Filter Pull Requests

Although you can filter issues using Common Service Configuration Options, pull requests are not filtered by default. You can filter pull requests by adding the following configuration option:

github.filter_pull_requests = True

Get involved issues

By default, bugwarrior pulls all issues across owned and member repositories assigned to the authenticated user. To disable this behavior, use:

github.include_user_issues = False

Instead of fetching issues and pull requests based on {{username}}’s owned repositories, you may instead get those that {{username}} is involved in. This includes all issues and pull requests where the user is the author, the assignee, mentioned in, or has commented on. To do so, add the following configuration option:

github.involved_issues = True


If you want to write your own github query, as described at

github.query = assignee:octocat is:open

Note that this search covers both issues and pull requests, which github treats as a special kind of issue.

To disable the pre-defined queries described above and synchronize only the issues matched by the query, set:

github.include_user_issues = False
github.include_user_repos = False

GitHub Enterprise Instance

If you’re using GitHub Enterprise, the on-premises version of GitHub, you can point bugwarrior to it with the configuration option. E.g.: =

Provided UDA Fields

Field Name Description Type
githubbody Body Text (string)
githubcreatedon Created Date & Time
githubmilestone Milestone Text (string)
githubnumber Issue/PR # Numeric
githubtitle Title Text (string)
githubtype Type Text (string)
githubupdatedat Updated Date & Time
githuburl URL Text (string)
githubrepo username/reponame Text (string)
githubuser Author of issue/PR Text (string)
githubnamespace project namespace Text (string)