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10 Standout GitHub Profile READMEs

leereilly profile image Lee Reilly ・6 min read

My good friend and colleague @bdougieyo is at Codeland today and is giving away early access to Codespaces to three lucky people who create a profile README (a new feature we quietly launched a few weeks ago).

If you're looking for some inspiration, or information on how to actually enable this on your profile, here are a few READMEs that have jumped out at me over the last few weeks. Everything from purely cosmetic and informational, to truly hacktacular, computationally expensive impressive, and entertaining works of art 👌🏻

1 Hello, world!

Set yourself apart from everyone else with a brief biography, colorful header image, and links to find you elsewhere on the web - just like @M0nica:

Fun fact: @M0nica just published a blog post about how to create a GitHub profile README. That's a great starting point if you're thinking about adding one yourself.

2 Show off your stats 💪🏻

I may have talked about this before elsewhere, but if you're using GitHub as a resume / portfolio, this nifty little tool from @anuraghazra can show off your stats in a nice way. Enabling it on your repository is pretty easy with github-readme-stats.

3 Don’t forget to sign the guestbook on your way out

My good friend @JasonEtco is always pushing GitHub, Actions. and just about everything else web-related to it's limits. He built a guestbook on his profile using GitHub Actions. I'm just waiting on the support for hit counters, webrings, dancing babies, etc. and we'll have come full circle!

Please help me: Consider dropping by Jason's profile page, and sharing a fun joke, or perhaps a completely random fun fact on his guestbook. He doesn't know about this post, so he'll hopefully have no idea where the comments are all coming from* 😂

* Note to self: remember to remove Jason's access to the server logs tomorrow...

4 Hit counter 1️⃣ 3️⃣ 3️⃣ 7️⃣

Speaking of numbers, display your profile’s visitor count with this nifty little SVG solution. If you're as old experienced as me, you'll remember when every web page used to have one of these. Thanks @sagar-viradiya!

5 Shall we play a game?

It was only a matter of time until someone added a game to their profile README. This community-powered Connect4 game does exactly what you imagine. Very impressive, @jonathangin52 💙 ❤️

6 Wouldn’t you prefer a good game of chess? ♞ ♖

I could really get on BOARD with more games on profiles. I'd definitely CHECK them all out...

You guessed it! You can also play chess thanks to this little gem from @timburgan. Simply click a link to create an issue with your move command, and a GitHub Actions Workflow will take it from there.

7 Speaking of games…

@ethomson's contribution to the world of profile READMEs is a Game of Life simulation with a familiar look and feel 💚

Behind the scenes it uses libraries called contributions (creating a data structure with a GitHub contribution graph) and dat-life (supporting a Conway's Game of Life implementation). Read more about it here.

8 Now playing in a README near you ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬

An SVG dynamically rendered with a Vercel serverless function, and integrated with the Spotify API? BOOM! You have yourself an image displaying what you're listening to. Bravo, @natemoo-re. Bravo 👏

I can't wait to get this spun up on my profile! 🤘

9 Self-updating README

@simonw's profile literally updates itself–with latest releases, blog posts, and things learned–using GitHub Actions. Simon goes into it in more detail in this blog post if you're curious how it works under the hood.

10 Jump to it!

Last, but not least. It might just be a GIF, but by golly, I've been watching it for hours. This familiar-looking animation captured by @saadeghi shows that even the addition of a simple image can add a bit of character to your profile, and make it really jump out.

Hopefully these examples have given you some fresh ideas to add your own profile README. Enabling it is easy. Simply follow these instructions. I'd love to see yours - be sure to leave a link in the comments below :)

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The chess README is pretty slick!

I really enjoy the one of @brunnerlivio too, there's something "old'school cool" there.

👉 GitHub


I am a fan of the old school and always a fan of the underrated marquee


No kidding! The 80s 90s called...


Source: github.com/bdougie


Aww thank you!
At this point I want to mention, its inspired by fnkys awesome README. As well as sindresorhus tweet which helped me to build the marquee :-)


Thank you for this excellent article - love this feature of GitHub, and seeing all the creative things people are doing. Especially pumped to see the visitor counter making a come back :D

If anyone wants to add the retro counter to their profile (like @sagar-viradiya's profile) you can add it like this.
![Visitor Count](https://profile-counter.glitch.me/{YOUR USER}/count.svg)

Slightly more expanded version of these instructions are available here :D

For anyone that's interested in making their own visitor counter, check out this guide I wrote on creating (or forking the GlitchApp) to make your own visitor counter. 🚀 The main gist of this one is you run a node+Express app (although it could be a serverless function, other language/framework, etc) that responds to an svg request with the next count. The headers should alert GitHub's caching layer to re-request the image every time.


Thanks for the information! Was looking for this. 😊


The folks contributing to this Tweet show real... commitment...

Gonna stash these jokes for later. Might be able to cherry-pick a few for an upcoming Dev post...


Check this out. Coding Activity Graph on your Profile README. Uses WakaTime API to automatically update your stats every night.


Here's a GitHub Action that updates README with the recent activity of a user:-

GitHub logo jamesgeorge007 / github-activity-readme

Updates README with the recent GitHub activity of a user

GitHub Activity in Readme

Updates README.md with the recent GitHub activity of a user.



  • Add the comment <!--START_SECTION:activity--> (entry point) within README.md. You can find an example here.

  • It's the time to create a workflow file.


name: Update README

    - cron: '*/30 * * * *'

    runs-on: ubuntu-latest

      - uses: actions/checkout@v2
      - uses: jamesgeorge007/github-activity-readme@master
          GITHUB_TOKEN: ${{ secrets.GITHUB_TOKEN }}

The above job runs every half an hour, you can change it as you wish based on the cron syntax.

You can find an example here.

Inspired by JasonEtco/activity-box


Here is a tool that could help you to get started with github readme :)
Add description / social media / badges and other stuff with just few clicks..

GitHub logo arturssmirnovs / github-profile-readme-generator

⭐⭐⭐ Github profile readme generator allows you to create nice and simple github profile readme files that will be included in your profile previews.

Github readme generator

Hi there 👋.

Check out this tool here.

Github readme generator

This project allows you to create nice and simple github profile readme files that will be included in your profile previews.

You can include multiple things: Headers, subtitles, skills, banner, additional information, social media links and statistics badges.



  • Go to: arturssmirnovs.github.io/github-pr...
  • Fill inputs
  • Copy code from textarea
  • Create repository with name that equals your github username
  • Add readme.md
  • Paste copied code and save
  • Enjoy


Github readme generator





Vue JS :)


Yah created one your reviews will mean a lot to me ❤️
It has gif and counters


Skylines is cool .
You know what's cooler? We connecting over LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/hrittikhere


Here's mine which shows your latest medium blogs.

checkout my repo github.com/harshalrj25/mediumblog-... to add medium blogs to your profile.


Created a GitHub action too for updating the readme with your latest blog posts and StackOverflow activity automatically: github.com/gautamkrishnar/blog-pos...


Graphics are a bit blocky, but here's mine...


Nice, we have additional github readme templates available in github.com/elangosundar/awesome-RE...


A great combination of the many open-source templates!


Tables based layout... Full circle is already here 😅😂😅