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10 Standout GitHub Profile READMEs

Lee Reilly on July 23, 2020

My good friend and colleague @bdougieyo is at Codeland today and is giving away early access to Codespaces to three lucky people who create a profi...
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David Dal Busco • Edited on

The chess README is pretty slick!

I really enjoy the one of @brunnerlivio too, there's something "old'school cool" there.

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Brian Douglas • Edited on

I am a fan of the old school and always a fan of the underrated marquee

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Lee Reilly Author

No kidding! The 80s 90s called...


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Mikiko Bazeley

Omg I love it!

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Livio Brunner

Aww thank you!
At this point I want to mention, its inspired by fnkys awesome README. As well as sindresorhus tweet which helped me to build the marquee :-)

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Ryan Lanciaux • Edited on

Thank you for this excellent article - love this feature of GitHub, and seeing all the creative things people are doing. Especially pumped to see the visitor counter making a come back :D

If anyone wants to add the retro counter to their profile (like @sagar-viradiya's profile) you can add it like this.
![Visitor Count]({YOUR USER}/count.svg)

Slightly more expanded version of these instructions are available here :D

For anyone that's interested in making their own visitor counter, check out this guide I wrote on creating (or forking the GlitchApp) to make your own visitor counter. πŸš€ The main gist of this one is you run a node+Express app (although it could be a serverless function, other language/framework, etc) that responds to an svg request with the next count. The headers should alert GitHub's caching layer to re-request the image every time.

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Sagar Viradiya

Thanks for creating this!

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Kushagra Bansal

Thanks for the information! Was looking for this. 😊

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Jimmy Cook • Edited on

Here is my new github profile README
github profile

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Lee Reilly Author


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Jimmy Cook

Lol amazing!

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Lee Reilly Author

The folks contributing to this Tweet show real... commitment...

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Jimmy Cook

Just happy to push my changes

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Lee Reilly Author

Gonna stash these jokes for later. Might be able to cherry-pick a few for an upcoming Dev post...

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Avinal Kumar • Edited on

Check this out. Coding Activity Graph on your Profile README. Uses WakaTime API to automatically update your stats every night.

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James George

Here's a GitHub Action that updates README with the recent activity of a user:-

GitHub logo jamesgeorge007 / github-activity-readme

Updates README with the recent GitHub activity of a user

GitHub Activity in Readme

Updates with the recent GitHub activity of a user.



  • Add the comment <!--START_SECTION:activity--> (entry point) within You can find an example here.

  • It's the time to create a workflow file.


name: Update README

    - cron: '*/30 * * * *'

    runs-on: ubuntu-latest
    name: Update this repo's README with recent activity

      - uses: actions/checkout@v2
      - uses: jamesgeorge007/github-activity-readme@master
          GITHUB_TOKEN: ${{ secrets.GITHUB_TOKEN }}
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The above job runs every half an hour, you can change it as you wish based on the cron syntax.

Please note that only those public events that belong to the following list show up:-

  • IssueEvent
  • IssueCommentEvent
  • PullRequestEvent

You can find an example here.

Override defaults

Use the following input params to customize it for…

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Puneet Gopinath

Hey James George, you no longer maintain it. So here is a fork of it to use instead:

GitHub logo Readme-Workflows / recent-activity

Add your recent activity to your profile readme!

Recent Activity

GitHub stars GitHub forks GitHub issues GitHub repo size Lines of code Discord Chat Contributor Covenant

This GitHub Action is a Fork of the original GitHub Activity Readme Action by jamesgeorge007.
Its our goal is to improve the original GitHub Action while also providing new features for the users.

Live Preview

This is an example live preview that is updated every time a commit is pushed using github actions.

Last Updated: Thursday, May 20th, 2021, 3:17:39 PM (GMT)

  1. ❗️ Closed issue #5 in Readme-Workflows/recent-activity
  2. πŸŽ‰ Merged PR #6 in Readme-Workflows/recent-activity
  3. πŸ—£ Commented on #3 in Readme-Workflows/recent-activity
  4. ❗️ Closed issue #4 in Readme-Workflows/recent-activity
  5. πŸ’ͺ Opened PR #6 in Readme-Workflows/recent-activity


The Action currently has the following Settings that you can set through the with option.

Option Description Default Supported Placeholder
GH_USERNAME The User to get latest activity from Repository Owner
COMMIT_MSG The Commit Message to use when updating the README ⚑ Update README with the recent activity
MAX_LINES How many activities to display 5
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Arturs Smirnovs

Here is a tool that could help you to get started with github readme :)
Add description / social media / badges and other stuff with just few clicks..

GitHub logo arturssmirnovs / github-profile-readme-generator

GitHub profile readme generator allows you to create nice and simple GitHub profile readme files that will be included in your profile previews.

Github Readme Generator

Hi there πŸ‘‹.

⭐⭐⭐ Check out this tool here.

Github Readme Generator

This project allows you to easily create attractive and simple GitHub Readme files that you can copy/paste in your profile. It's currently available in English and Spanish.

You can include things like headers, subtitles, skills, a banner image, additional information, social media links, badges and GitHub statistics.


  • Go to:
  • Fill any inputs you like
  • Copy the code generated in the Code section
  • Create a new repository in your GitHub account with the same name as your GitHub username
  • Add a file to your new repository
  • Paste the copied code into the readme file and save
  • Enjoy!


Github readme generator

Top Contributors

@arturssmirnovs @max-programming @fx2000 @DenverCoder1

Resources Used

Name Repository Link
Github Readme Stats
Github Profile Views Counter
Github Profile Trophy
Github Readme Streak Stats
Simple icons
Simple Translator
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Lee Reilly Author • Edited on

Graphics are a bit blocky, but here's mine...

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Ahmad Sawalqeh

I used a combination of several tools to make this piece of art you can check it out here! GitHub Account

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Ronaldo Hoch

How do you made this Contribution Stats?

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Harshal Jadhav

Here's mine which shows your latest medium blogs.

checkout my repo to add medium blogs to your profile.

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Hrittik Roy

Yah created one your reviews will mean a lot to me ❀️
It has gif and counters

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Lee Reilly Author • Edited on - very cool! πŸ’œ

Makes me think of / want to play πŸ˜„

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Gautam krishna R

Created a GitHub action too for updating the readme with your latest blog posts and StackOverflow activity automatically:

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Shravan Kumar B

Hi, do check this project, to beautify your profile readme. Star it, if you like it.

GitHub Dynamic Animated Quote Generator

GitHub logo shravan20 / github-readme-quotes

Dynamic quote generator for your GitHub readmes


Dynamic quote generator for your GitHub readmes


alt PRs Welcome Open Source? Yes! GitHub contributors Pull Request Counts last commit deployment-status community chat

Github Readme Quotes

Copy and paste the following markdown content to display the quote.

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You can display your quote in different themes without any manual customization.

Use ?theme=THEME_NAME parameter as shown below.

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Available Themes

dark, radical, merko, gruvbox, tokyonight, onedark, cobalt, synthwave, highcontrast, dracula





Light Theme


You can explore different themes here.

Feel free to contribute different themes.


You can also change the layout of your templates.

Use ?layout=LAYOUT parameter as shown below

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Layout 1 (Default)


Layout 2 (Socrates)


You can explore different layouts here.

Feel free to contribute different layouts.


You can also add animations to your templates.

Use ?animation=ANIMATION paramater as shown below

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Animation 1


You can explore different animations…

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Elango Sundar

Nice, we have additional github readme templates available in

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Apurv Shah
A great combination of the many open-source templates!

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Konrad Linkowski

What do you think about mine?

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Tables based layout... Full circle is already here πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚πŸ˜…

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Vinit Shahdeo

Late to the party but here's my GitHub profile README.


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Alen Abraham

That is an awesome collection.
thanks :)

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Vaibhav Arora

How is my? -

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Shravan Kumar B

Need a review for my README

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This helped me a lot.
Thank you!

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Karen Efereyan

I love Monica's readme. Pretty simple and sleek

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Shashwat Pandey

Impressive !!

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Luiz Picolo ツ

Simple Tic-Tac-Toe @luizpicolo

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Syed Ibrahim • Edited on

Here's my try at readme...