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GitHub Actions: Manual triggers with workflow_dispatch

In this video, I walked through my use case for manually triggering my lighthouse-action.

Last July, GitHub shipped a way to create manual workflow dispatch for GitHub Actions, giving users the ability to create workflows manually triggered with the new workflow_dispatch event.

You will then see a 'Run workflow' button on the Actions tab, enabling you to trigger a run easily.

I've actually wanted this for some time because it is helpful for running a workflow without cluttering up the commit history.

You can read more about workflow_dispatch in the announcement on the

For more action traction videos, check out to my YouTube channel.

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Waylon Walker

I just discovered this feature. So great when trying to learn actions.

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Brian Douglas

Yeah, for sure. I plan on doing a longer video that focuses on debugging your action with this feature.