Take back control of your GitHub Notifications
Why is this a thing?
If you manage more than one active project on GitHub, you might probably find GitHub Notifications pretty lacking.
Notifications are marked as read and disappear from the list as soon as you load the page or view the email of the notification, this makes it very hard to keep on top which notifications you still need to follow up on.
Most open source maintainers and GitHub staff end up using a complex combination of filters and labels in Gmail to manage their notifications from their inbox, if like me you try to avoid email then you might want something else.
GitHub Inbox adds an extra "archived" state to each notification so you can mark it as "done", if new activity happens on the thread/issue/pr then the next time you sync then it will be unarchived and moved back into your inbox.
What state is the project in right now?
GitHub Inbox is like a little baby, you have to host it yourself and only works for one user at a time, check out the open issues for a glimpse of the future: https://github.com/andrew/github-inbox/issues
New to Ruby? No worries! You can follow these instructions to install a local server, or you can use the included Vagrant setup.
Installing a Local Server
brew install rbenv ruby-build rbenv install 2.3.3 rbenv global 2.3.3
Next, you'll need to make sure that you have PostgreSQL installed. This can be done easily on OSX using Homebrew or by using http://postgresapp.com. Please see these further instructions for installing Postgres via Homebrew.
brew install postgres
On Debian-based Linux distributions you can use apt-get to install Postgres:
sudo apt-get install postgresql postgresql-contrib libpq-dev
Now, let's install the gems from the
Gemfile ("Gems" are synonymous with libraries in other languages).
gem install bundler && rbenv rehash bundle install
Once all the gems are installed, we'll need to create the databases and tables. Rails makes this easy through the use of "Rake" tasks.
bundle exec rake db:create:all bundle exec rake db:migrate
Go create a Personal access token on GitHub with
notifications scope enabled and add it to
Finally you can boot the rails app:
Note on Patches/Pull Requests
- Fork the project.
- Make your feature addition or bug fix.
- Add tests for it. This is important so we don't break it in a future version unintentionally.
- Send a pull request. Bonus points for topic branches.
Code of Conduct
Please note that this project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By participating in this project you agree to abide by its terms.
You can host your own instance of GitHub Inbox using Heroku.
Copyright (c) 2016 Andrew Nesbitt. See LICENSE for details.