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Chris Achinga
Chris Achinga

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Using Github's CLI on Ubuntu & Commands.

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Working with GitHub has never been boring, as a matter of fact, it's the best part of the development process on my side. As usual, we use git and other distributed version control systems like Mercurial and many more.

I have been using the GitHub cli since February this year, and it is great. So let me show you how I got to use it. I'm on Ubuntu by the way. But I guess the process is the same on other OS, I'll check it out.

First, you download it on releases. Select the file with an extension based on your OS. Currently, the latest version is 1.x.x.

After download, follow normal procedures of installing an app on your environment/OS. Once the file is installed, BOOM! You are ready to interact with the gh cli.

There are no many configuration settings needed. The commands can be used anywhere regardless of the Operating System. The commands are as shown below:

General Activity

Command usage detailed usage
gh --version view version of gh cli -

Working with repositories (repo)

Command usage detailed usage
gh repo view view current repo on the browser (web)
gh repo fork create a fork of a repo
gh repo create create a new repo
gh repo clone clone a repo locally

Working with Issues

Command usage detailed usage
gh issue view view an issue of a repo
gh issue create create an issue locally
gh issue status displays the status of issues on the repo
gh issue list lists all issues raised on the repo

Working with pull requests (pr)

Command usage detailed usage
gh pr view view pull requests in browser
gh pr status lists the statuses of available pull requests
gh pr list lists all pull requests in the current repo
gh pr create create a pull request
gh pr checkout check out a pull request in git


  1. installation instructions
  2. gh cli manual

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