Fabian Kostadinov

How To Find A GitHub Team ID

In an earlier post I explained how to install Jekyll-Auth. In GitHub, every team (and organization and user) receives a six to seven digits integer number as an ID like 1234567. There are cases where you might need access to this information, for instance during the installation of Jekyll-Auth. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to find out a team’s ID. I could not find it anywhere published at the official GitHub website. You can however access this information through the GitHub API.

The first thing you need to do is to make sure you have the cURL tool installed. What is curl? To cite the website:

curl is a command line tool and library for transferring data with URL syntax, supporting [...] HTTP [...]

We will use cURL to send simple HTTP commands to the GitHub API. The response is a HTTP header followed by the requested information in a JSON format.

Once you have cURL installed, you first need to make sure that you are actually a member of the organization and team you want to find the ID for.

Next, you need to create a personal access token. When using the GitHub API you in most cases access protected information, thus we need to authorize first. When logged in to your GitHub account, go to -> Settings -> Applications -> (Personal access tokens) Generate new token. Provide a name. Select read:org, leave the others or unselect them. Click Generate token. Copy the token to your clipboard.

Open a shell. In the shell type by replacing the <very-long-access-token> with the actual access token and <org-name> with the organization’s name. On Windows I had to use double quotes (“) but maybe on Unix/Linux systems single quotes (‘) are presumed.

curl -H "Authorization: token <very-long-access-token>" https://api.github.com/orgs/<org-name>/teams

    "name": "Owners",
    "id": 123456,
    "slug": "owners",
    "description": null,
    "permission": "admin",
    "url": "https://api.github.com/teams/123456",
    "members_url": "https://api.github.com/teams/123456/members{/member}",
    "repositories_url": "https://api.github.com/teams/123456/repos"
    "name": "my-team",
    "id": 1234567,
    "slug": "my-team",
    "description": "This is the team with the ID I am looking for",
    "permission": "push",
    "url": "https://api.github.com/teams/1234567",
    "members_url": "https://api.github.com/teams/1234567/members{/member}",
    "repositories_url": "https://api.github.com/teams/1234567/repos"
    "name": "Members",
    "id": 234567,
    "slug": "members",
    "description": null,
    "permission": "push",
    "url": "https://api.github.com/teams/234567",
    "members_url": "https://api.github.com/teams/234567/members{/member}",
    "repositories_url": "https://api.github.com/teams/234567/repos"

Of course your output might differ a little bit, just look for the ID "id": 1234567 in my-team.

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