GitHub Stats Visualization
Generate visualizations of GitHub user and repository statistics using GitHub
This project is currently a work-in-progress; there will always be more
interesting stats to display.
When someone views a profile on GitHub, it is often because they are curious
about a user’s open source projects and contributions. Unfortunately, that
user’s stars, forks, and pinned repositories do not necessarily reflect the
contributions they make to private repositories. The data likewise does not
present a complete picture of the user’s total contributions beyond the current
This project aims to collect a variety of profile and repository statistics
using the GitHub API. It then generates images that can be displayed in
repository READMEs, or in a user’s Profile README.
Since the project runs on GitHub Actions, no server is required to regularly
regenerate the images with updated statistics. Likewise, since the user runs
the analysis code themselves via GitHub Actions, they can use their GitHub
access token to collect statistics on private repositories that an external
service would be unable to access.
If the project is used with an access token that has sufficient permissions to
read private repositories, it may leak details about those repositories in
error messages. For example, the
aiohttp library—used for asynchronous API
requests—may include the requested URL in exceptions, which can leak the name
of private repositories. If there is an exception caused by
exception will be viewable in the Actions tab of the repository fork, and
anyone may be able to see the name of one or more private repositories.
Due to some issues with the GitHub statistics API, there are some situations
where it returns inaccurate results. Specifically, the repository view count
statistics and total lines of code modified are probably somewhat inaccurate.
Unexpectedly, these values will become more accurate over time as GitHub
caches statistics for your repositories. Additionally, repositories that were
last contributed to more than a year ago may not be included in the statistics
due to limitations in the results returned by the API.
- Create a personal access token (not the default GitHub Actions token) using
Personal access token must have permissions:
the access token when it is generated – if you lose it, you will have to
regenerate the token.
- Some users are reporting that it can take a few minutes for the personal
access token to work. For more, see#30.
- Click here to create a
copy of this repository. Note: this is not the same as forking a copy
because it copies everything fresh, without the huge commit history.
- If this is the README of your fork, click this
link to go to the “Secrets” page.
Otherwise, go to the “Settings” tab of the newly-created repository and go
to the “Secrets” page (bottom left).
- Create a new secret with the name
ACCESS_TOKENand paste the copied
personal access token as the value.
- It is possible to change the type of statistics reported.
- To ignore certain repos, add them (in owner/name format e.g.,
jstrieb/github-stats) separated by commas to a new secret—created as
- To ignore certain languages, add them (separated by commas) to a new
- To show statistics only for “owned” repositories and not forks with
contributions, add an environment variable (under the
envheader in the
EXCLUDE_FORKED_REPOSwith a value of
- Go to the ActionsPage and press “Run
Workflow” on the right side of the screen to generate images for the first
time. The images will be periodically generated every hour, but they can be
manually regenerated by manually running the workflow.
- Check out the images that have been created in the
- To add your statistics to your GitHub Profile README, copy and paste the following
lines of code into your markdown content. Change the
usernamevalue to your GitHub
- Link back to this repository so that others can generate their own
- Star this repo if you like it!
Support the Project
There are a few things you can do to support the project:
- Star the repository (and follow me on GitHub for more)
- Share and upvote on sites like Twitter, Reddit, and Hacker News
- Report any bugs, glitches, or errors that you find
These things motivate me to to keep sharing what I build, and they provide
validation that my work is appreciated! They also help me improve the
project. Thanks in advance!
If you are insistent on spending money to show your support, I encourage you to
instead make a generous donation to one of the following organizations. By advocating
for Internet freedoms, organizations like these help me to feel comfortable
releasing work publicly on the Web.