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gh-auth-login - Log in to a GitHub account


gh auth login [flags]


Authenticate with a GitHub host.

The default authentication mode is a web-based browser flow. After completion, an authentication token will be stored securely in the system credential store. If a credential store is not found or there is an issue using it gh will fallback to writing the token to a plain text file. See gh auth status for its stored location.

Alternatively, use --with-token to pass in a token on standard input. The minimum required scopes for the token are: repo, read:org, and gist.

Alternatively, gh will use the authentication token found in environment variables. This method is most suitable for "headless" use of gh such as in automation. See gh help environment for more info.

To use gh in GitHub Actions, add GH_TOKEN: ${{ github.token }} to env.

The git protocol to use for git operations on this host can be set with --git-protocol, or during the interactive prompting. Although login is for a single account on a host, setting the git protocol will take effect for all users on the host.

Specifying ssh for the git protocol will detect existing SSH keys to upload, prompting to create and upload a new key if one is not found. This can be skipped with --skip-ssh-key flag.


The protocol to use for git operations on this host: {ssh|https}

The hostname of the GitHub instance to authenticate with

Save authentication credentials in plain text instead of credential store

Additional authentication scopes to request

Skip generate/upload SSH key prompt

Open a browser to authenticate

Read token from standard input


# Start interactive setup
$ gh auth login
# Authenticate against by reading the token from a file
$ gh auth login --with-token < mytoken.txt
# Authenticate with specific host
$ gh auth login --hostname enterprise.internal



Jun 2024 GitHub CLI v2.51.0