Created: 2011-07-08 10:26
Updated: 2019-03-04 12:11

Github Watcher

Github watcher is a simple and useful gem that help you to constantly monitor your repositories to get updates when:

  • Number of watchers change
  • Number of forks change
  • Number of issues change
  • Repo was updated

It uses foreverb to demonize the process.

A demonstration video is here


You need to have growlnotify installed. To do that you can install it through official site or if you have the awesome brew simply with:

$ brew install growlnotify


$ sudo gem install githubwatcher
$ githubwatcher start
$ githubwatcher stop


You need to tell to our program which repositories you want to watch, to do that simply edit ~/.githubwatcher/repos.yaml with your favorite editor.

Should look like this (if you have ran githubwatcher start)

We provide a config command to easily edit it.

$ githubwatcher config

It will open in texmate or vim this:

- daddye/all
- padrino/all

So if for example you want to watch sinatra add it, the result should look like:

- daddye/all
- padrino/all
- sinatra/sinatra

If you want to watch all repositories of a given user you simply provide /all so will look like:

- daddye/all
- padrino/all
- sinatra/all

Restart the deamon

$ githubwatcher restart

Using a different API

Simply edit ~/.githubwatcher/api.yaml and set a custom url and api version. If you are using GitHub:FI the version has to be v2 for now.

Working with Ruby Forever

$ foreverb list
12494  27132  0.2  Forever: /usr/bin/githubwatcher

$ foreverb stop github
Do you want really stop Forever: /usr/bin/githubwatcher  with pid 12494? y
Killing process Forever: /usr/bin/githubwatcher  with pid 12494...

Your are done!


In some env you use sudo gem install, so in this case the first time you launch the app use sudo, in this way will be generated the Gemfile.lock, in future you will be able to run it without sudo.


DAddYE, you can follow me on twitter @daddye

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