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Add a new team to all Github repos in an organization
* Adds a team to all the repos in a Github organization. This is a tedious
* process in the UI. You'll need a newer version of node to run this (e.g 9+)
* because it uses async/await.
* Instructions:
* 1. Copy this file somewhere on your computer, e.g. ~/addteamrepos.js
* 2. Fill in the uppercase variables below with the right values
* 3. Run this file: `$ node ~/addteamrepos.js`
const GITHUB_ORG = 'xxxxx'; /* Name of the github organization the team is under and the repos are in */
const GITHUB_ACCESS_TOKEN = 'xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx'; /* Create an access token here: */
const TEAM_ID = '11111111'; /* Github team ID, not the same as the name, get it from the API */
const TEAM_PERMISSION = 'push'; /* 'pull' or 'push' or 'admin' */
const { exec } = require('child_process');
function execPromise(command) {
return new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
exec(command, (err, stdout, stderr) => {
if (err) {
return reject(err);
resolve([stdout, stderr]);
async function fetchReposPage(org, page) {
const [response] = await execPromise(
`curl -i -H "Authorization: token ${GITHUB_ACCESS_TOKEN}"${org}/repos?page=${page}`
const nextPageRe = /Link\: \<.+page\=([0-9])\>\; rel\=\"next\"/g;
const nextPageMatch = nextPageRe.exec(response);
const nextPage = nextPageMatch ? nextPageMatch[1] : null;
const repos = JSON.parse(response.slice(response.indexOf('[')));
return [repos, nextPage];
async function fetchRepos(org) {
let repos = [];
let page = 1;
while (page) {
let [currentRepos, nextPage] = await fetchReposPage(org, page);
repos = [...repos, ...currentRepos];
page = nextPage;
return repos;
async function addTeamToRepo(teamId, org, repo, permission) {
const [out,err] = await execPromise(
`curl -X PUT -H "Authorization: token ${GITHUB_ACCESS_TOKEN}" -d '{"permission":"${permission}"}'${teamId}/repos/${org}/${repo}`
console.log(`... Added team "${teamId}" to repo "${org}/${repo}" with permission "${permission}"`);
(async () => {
/* Fetch all repos names for org */
console.log(`Fetching repos from organization "${GITHUB_ORG}"`);
const repos = await fetchRepos(GITHUB_ORG);
const repoNames = =>;
console.log(`... Found ${repoNames.length} repos`)
/* Add team to each repo */
console.log(`Adding team "${TEAM_ID}" to ${repoNames.length} repos with permission "${TEAM_PERMISSION}"`);
for (let repo of repoNames) {
await addTeamToRepo(TEAM_ID, GITHUB_ORG, repo, TEAM_PERMISSION);
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You need to setup your token to access ALL repos

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thank you!

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matt-horwood-mayden commented Oct 23, 2023

Morning 👋

Could you add a note to the top on how you get the team ID?
something like run curl -H "Authorization: token ${GITHUB_ACCESS_TOKEN}"${GITHUB_ORG}/teams#list-teams

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hmhka commented Jan 21, 2024

In case this is useful to anyone looking at easy ways to obtain a token

# for those using GitHub CLI
# there is an easy way to obtain a token from command line
# post initial authenticating  
# if I'm not wrong github access token prefix could differ
# -> classic token vs fine grained token 
# below produced with
# gh version 2.4.0+dfsg1 (2022-03-23 Ubuntu 2.4.0+dfsg1-2)
token=$(gh auth status --show-token 2>&1) 
GITHUB_ACCESS_TOKEN=$(echo $token | grep -o -P "$token_prefix{37}") 
# confirm token value is correct - before adding to scripts

# with a token which relevant access to GitHub org
# curl
curl -H "Authorization: token ${GITHUB_ACCESS_TOKEN}"
# curl + jq
curl -s -H "Authorization: token ${GITHUB_ACCESS_TOKEN}" | jq -r '.[]'
# curl + jq - show id and name
curl -s -H "Authorization: token ${GITHUB_ACCESS_TOKEN}" | jq -r '.[] | "\(.id) \t \(.name)"'
# curl + jq + team name grep
curl -s -H "Authorization: token $GITHUB_ACCESS_TOKEN" | jq -r '.[] | "\(.id) \t \(.name)"' | grep -i foo

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