App::GitHubPullRequest - Command-line tool to query GitHub pull requests


version 0.6.0


    $ git pr
    $ git pr list closed # not shown by default
    $ git pr show 7      # also includes comments
    $ git pr patch 7     # can be piped to colordiff if you like colors
    $ git pr checkout 7  # create upstream tracking branch pr/7
    $ git pr help

    $ git pr authorize   # Get access token for commands below
    $ git pr close 7
    $ git pr open 7
    $ git pr comment 7 'This is good stuff!'


Install it by just typing in these few lines in your shell:

    $ curl -L | perl - --self-upgrade
    $ cpanm App::GitHubPullRequest

The following external programs are required:



Displays some help.

list [<state>]

Shows all pull requests in the given state. State can be either open or closed. The default state is open. This is the default command if none is specified.

show <number>

Shows details about the specified pull request number. Also includes comments.

patch <number>

Shows the patch associated with the specified pull request number.

checkout <number>

Checks out the specified pull request in a dedicated tracking branch. If the remote repo is not already specified in your git config, it will be added and the branch in question will be fetched.

close <number>

Closes the specified pull request number. Be aware, you can't close a pull request that has already been merged. If you try to, you'll get an obscure Validation Failed error message from the GitHub API.

open <number>

Reopens the specified pull request number. Be aware, you can't reopen a pull request that has already been merged or closed by the repo owner. If you try to, you'll get an obscure Validation Failed error message from the GitHub API.

comment <number> [<text>]

Creates a comment on the specified pull request with the specified text. If text is not specified, an editor will be opened for you to type in the text.

If your EDITOR environment variable has been set, that editor is used to edit the text. If it has not been set, it will try to use the editor(1) external program. This is usually a symlink set up by your operating system to the most recently installed text editor.

The text must be encoded using UTF-8.

login [<user>] [<password>] [<2fa-token>]

DEPRECATED: Logs you in to GitHub and creates a new access token used instead of your password and two-factor authentication token. If you don't specify either of the options, they are looked up in your git config github section. If none of those are found, you'll be prompted for them.

authorize [<access-token>]

Logs you in to GitHub by manually creating an OAuth personal access token. Follow the directions on-screen to generate one and insert it when prompted. If you already have an access token you want to use you can also specify it on the command line.



Constructor. Takes no parameters.


Calls any of the other listed public methods with specified arguments. This is usually called automatically when you invoke git-pr.


Set the environment variable GIT_PR_DEBUG to a non-zero value to see more details, like each API command being executed.

If you want to interact with another GitHub repo than the one in your current directory, set the environment variable GITHUB_REPO to the name of the repo in question. Example:

    GITHUB_REPO=robinsmidsrod/App-GitHubPullRequest git pr list

Be aware, that if that repo is a fork, the program will look for its parent.


If you don't authenticate with GitHub using the authorize command, it will use unauthenticated API requests where possible, which has a rate-limit of 60 requests. If you authorize first it should allow 5000 requests before you hit the limit.

You must be standing in a directory that is a git dir and that directory must have a remote that points to for the tool to work.



This module uses semantic versioning concepts from



You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.

  perldoc App::GitHubPullRequest


The following websites have more information about this module, and may be of help to you. As always, in addition to those websites please use your favorite search engine to discover more resources.

Bugs / Feature Requests

Please report any bugs or feature requests by email to bug-app-githubpullrequest at, or through the web interface at You will be automatically notified of any progress on the request by the system.

Source Code

The code is open to the world, and available for you to hack on. Please feel free to browse it and play with it, or whatever. If you want to contribute patches, please send me a diff or prod me to pull from your repository :)

  git clone git://


Robin Smidsrød <>


This software is copyright (c) 2020 by Robin Smidsrød.

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.