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In this guide we’ll walk through the process of linking Cerb to GitHub. You’ll be able to use GitHub’s full API from bots in Cerb to automate whatever you need.

Create an OAuth application at GitHub

Next, you need to create a new oauth app on GitHub for Cerb to connect to. Review the GitHub OAuth documentation additionally if needed.

  1. Visit the GitHub OAuth applications settings page.

  2. Click the green Register a new application button.

  3. Enter the following details replacing YOUR-CERB-HOST with the URL to your Cerb installation:
    • App Name: Cerb
    • Homepage URL: https://YOUR-WEBSITE
    • Application description: {leave blank}
    • Authorization callback URL: https://YOUR-CERB-HOST/oauth/callback
  4. Click the Register application button.

  5. Make a note of your Client ID and Client Secret for the next step.

Create the GitHub service in Cerb

  1. Navigate to Setup » Configure » Import Package.

  2. Paste the following package:

       "package": {
         "name": "GitHub Connected Service",
         "revision": 1,
         "requires": {
           "cerb_version": "9.1.0",
           "plugins": []
         "configure": {
           "placeholders": [],
           "prompts": [
               "type": "text",
               "label": "Client ID",
               "key": "prompt_client_id",
               "params": {
                 "default": "",
                 "placeholder": "(paste your Client ID)"
               "type": "text",
               "label": "Client Secret",
               "key": "prompt_client_secret",
               "params": {
                 "default": "",
                 "placeholder": "(paste your Client Secret)"
       "records": [
           "uid": "service_github",
           "_context": "connected_service",
           "name": "GitHub",
           "extension_id": "cerb.service.provider.oauth2",
           "params": {
             "grant_type": "authorization_code",
             "client_id": "{{{prompt_client_id}}}",
             "client_secret": "{{{prompt_client_secret}}}",
             "authorization_url": "",
             "access_token_url": "",
             "resource_owner_url": "",
             "scope": "user public_repo notifications",
             "approval_prompt": "auto"
           "uid": "account_github",
           "_context": "connected_account",
           "name": "GitHub",
           "service_id": "{{{uid.service_github}}}",
           "owner__context": "",
           "owner_id": "0",
           "params": {}
  3. Click the Import button.

  4. Enter your client ID and secret from GitHub.

  5. Click the Import button again.

Link the connected account to GitHub in Cerb

  1. Click on the GitHub bubble in the Connected Accounts section after importing the above package.

  2. Click on the Edit button in the card popup.

  3. Click the blue Link to GitHub button.

  4. Accept consent on GitHub.

  5. Click the Save Changes button.

Use the connected account in bot behaviors

You can use the connected account you just created to access GitHub’s API from bot behaviors in Cerb. This is typically accomplished using the Execute HTTP Request action from a bot, and selecting the connected account in the Authentication: section.

You can import the GitHub Bot package for a working example.