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What are GitHub Actions?

Brian Douglas
Brian is a developer advocate at GitHub, which means he likes chatting with developers about developer things and sometimes writes code.
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GitHub Actions allows you to automate, customize and execute your software development workflows inside your repository.

In my projects, I like to run my test every time there's a push to my branch. To do this, I only need repository enabled with GitHub Action workflows.

I can create a GitHub Action workflow by navigating to the Actions tab in my project.

Workflow templates

GitHub recommends workflows for me to use and can even make recommendations based on the programming language.

gif of tests passing in GitHub Actions

After committing the CI template workflow file, I can see my tests passing directly in my repo.

GitHub Actions run on several GitHub webhook events. I recommend checking out the GitHub Documentation for the full list.

Jump into GitHub Actions today by exploring outstanding community actions in the GitHub Marketplace is also a great place to get started.

GitHub Marketplace screenshot

This is part of my 28 days of Actions series. To get notified of more GitHub Action tips, follow the GitHub organization right here on Dev.

Learn more about GitHub Actions in our Community Support Forums.

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