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A Gatsby source plugin for sourcing the README.md files at the root of the master branches of each of your Github repositories into your Gatsby application.

The plugin creates markdown File nodes from the readme file content. If gatsby-tranformer-remark is installed it will transform these markdown file nodes into MarkdownRemark nodes from which you can query an HTML representation of the markdown.

Nota Bene: Currently this plugin only fetches readme files named with all caps “README.md” not “readme.md”. I am looking into how to fetch both upper and lower case named readme files.


yarn add gatsby-source-gh-readme


npm install --save gatsby-source-gh-readme


Provide Github Credentials

@ github.com > account > developer settings > personal access token, create a token and give access to read data from your repositories. Choose to restrict access to only public repos if that’s what you want.

Amend your .gitignore file to exclude .env files

# dotenv environment variables file

Create .env files to hold you secret token

touch .env.development

and for production…

touch .env.production

Edit these file to hold your github token

# Github GraphQL API (Public and Private)

Make the environment variables listed in these files available to GatsbyJS

@ gatsby-config.js, at the top of the file

  path: `.env.${process.env.NODE_ENV}`

Note: dotenv is part of GatsbyJS so you can require it without installing it.

Make GatsbyJS aware of the plugin

@ gatsby-config.js, add the plugin

  plugins: [
      resolve: "gatsby-source-gh-readme",
      options: {
        gitHubToken: `${process.env.GITHUB_API_TOKEN}`

Query for nodes

Once you have this plugin installed on your GatsbyJS site a GraphQL query to Github will pull in the readme file content and create nodes on your Gatsby data graph at GatsbyJS build time.

You will find a list of all the readme contents under allGithubReadme

So you can query for all readme nodes like this

query MyQuery {
  allGithubReadme(sort: {order: ASC, fields: title}) {
    nodes {

If the totalCound doesn’t match the number of repos on your account it may be for one of the following reasons:

  • some of your repos don’t have a readme file on the master branch
  • the readme file may be named “readme” instead of “README”
  • you may have some private repos that will only be available if you have issued yourself a key with private permissions.

Individual nodes are found on githubReadme. To query for the readme of a particular repo you can try:

query githubProjectByTitle($name: String!) {
  githubReadme(title: {eq: $name}) {

with these query variables


In these queries the readme content is a blob of markdown text in the field readme

Create pages on your site

Note that MarkdownRemark must be installed on the site for the readme nodes to be processed into usable html.

Because a MarkdownRemark node is created for each githubReadme node that is added to the GatsbyJS data graph, you can get access the content you want through childMarkdownRemark.


Any ideas to make this more useful or stable are welome. See the github project page gatsby-source-gh-readme for more information.

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