Listing all GitHub repositories in a GitHub Organisation

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In my post Analysing our dependency trees to determine where we should send Open Source contributions for Hacktoberfest, I mentioned that it can be handy to list all the repositories in a given GitHub organisation, to perform queries against them.

The previous solution I had was pretty awkward, and wasteful as it queried a lot of data via the RESTful API which it didn't then use. Fortunately, I've since dug into the GraphQL endpoint which allows us to query exactly what we need, which means we can write the following query, using the very handy auto-paginating GraphQL Octokit plugin:

const fs = require("fs");
const { Octokit } = require("@octokit/core");
const { paginateGraphql } = require("@octokit/plugin-paginate-graphql");
const MyOctokit = Octokit.plugin(paginateGraphql);
const octokit = new MyOctokit({ auth: process.env.GITHUB_TOKEN });

(async () => {
const resp = await octokit.graphql.paginate(
  `query paginate($cursor: String) {
    organization(login: "deliveroo") {
      repositories(first: 100, orderBy: {field: NAME, direction: ASC},
after: $cursor) {
        nodes {
        pageInfo {

resp = {
  organization: {
    repositories: {
      nodes: [
          name: ""
          name: "determinator"
      pageInfo: {
        hasNextPage: false,
        endCursor: '...'

fs.writeFileSync('repos.txt', =>"\n"));

When running this like so:

env GITHUB_TOKEN=... node get-repos.js

This then produces a file with one repo name per line, which is example what we wanted in the previous article.

Written by Jamie Tanna's profile image Jamie Tanna on , and last updated on .

Content for this article is shared under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International, and code is shared under the Apache License 2.0.

#blogumentation #github #graphql.

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