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GitHub-Backup makes a local backup copy of all of a github user's (or github organization's) repositories.


GitHub-Backup requires the

Python package for the GitHub API v3.

Installation is simple with

pip install git+


usage: [-h] [-v {all,public,private}] [-a {owner,collaborator,organization_member}] [-d] [-q] [-m] [-f] [--skip-repos] [-g ARGS [ARGS ...]] [-t {git,http,ssh}] [-s SUFFIX] [-u USER] [-p [PASSWORD]]
                        [-P PREFIX] [-o ORG] [-A] [--all] [--starred] [--watched] [--followers] [--following] [--issues] [--issue-comments] [--issue-events] [--pulls] [--pull-comments] [--pull-commits] [--keys]
                        [--wikis] [--gists] [--starred-gists] [--releases] [--assets]
                        login_or_token backupdir

makes a backup of a github user's account

positional arguments: login_or_token A Github username or token for authenticating backupdir The folder where you want your backups to go

optional arguments: -h, --help show this help message and exit -v {all,public,private}, --visibility {all,public,private} Filter repos by their visibility -a {owner,collaborator,organization_member}, --affiliation {owner,collaborator,organization_member} Filter repos by their affiliation -d, --debug Show debug info -q, --quiet Only show errors -m, --mirror Create a bare mirror -f, --skip-forks Skip forks --skip-repos Skip backing up repositories -g ARGS [ARGS ...], --git ARGS [ARGS ...] Pass extra arguments to git -t {git,http,ssh}, --type {git,http,ssh} Select the protocol for cloning -s SUFFIX, --suffix SUFFIX Add suffix to repository directory names -u USER, --username USER Backup USER account -p [PASSWORD], --password [PASSWORD] Authenticate with Github API (give no argument to check ~/.github-backup.conf or prompt for a password) -P PREFIX, --prefix PREFIX Add prefix to repository directory names -o ORG, --organization ORG Backup Organizational repositories -A, --account Backup account data --all include everything in backup (not including []) --starred include JSON output of starred repositories in backup --watched include JSON output of watched repositories in backup --followers include JSON output of followers in backup --following include JSON output of following users in backup --issues include issues in backup --issue-comments include issue comments in backup --issue-events include issue events in backup --pulls include pull requests in backup --pull-comments include pull request review comments in backup --pull-commits include pull request commits in backup --keys include ssh keys in backup --wikis include wiki clone in backup --gists include gists in backup [] --starred-gists include starred gists in backup [*] --releases include release information, not including assets or binaries --assets include assets alongside release information; only applies if including releases

Then, put it in a cron job somewhere and forget about it for eternity.

How To Back Up Entire GitHub Organisation Repos

  1. Install Dependencies:
    sudo pip install pygithub3
  2. Clone this repo using
    $ git clone
  3. Just open the cloned repo folder and run the terminal:
./ [Your GitHub Username] [Path To Saving Directory] -o [For Organisation]


github-backup mohamed786 /home/mohamed786/githubbak -o LineageOS

Use a a personal access token (PAT) instead of your password

You can generate a dedicated personal access token instead of using your GitHub password.

Follow the steps described here in the GitHub documentation and use the token instead of your password. Using a PAT can also work around issues when two factor authentication (TFA) is enabled on your account.

Why This Software Exists

This software is useful in many cases:

  • GitHub suddenly explodes.
  • GitHub goes out of business.
  • Your corporation's backup policies are more stringent than GitHub's.
  • You have spotty/no internet access - perhaps you'd like to have all of your repositories available to code on while you ride the train?
  • You are paranoid tinfoil-hat wearer who needs to back up everything in triplicate on a variety of outdated tape media.

Questions, Improvements, Etc

If you have any improvements, I'm happy, (grateful, in fact) to entertain pull requests/patches, just drop me a line or message me on GitHub.


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