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This page describes how to configure Bamboo to use a GitHub repository.

You can specify repositories at the following levels in Bamboo:

  • global – repositories are available to all plans in Bamboo.
  • plan – repositories are available to all jobs in the Bamboo plan.

The recommended approach is to set up linked source repositories at the global level – see Linking to source code repositories.

Related pages:

Configure a GitHub source code repository

  1. Go to the repository configuration for a linked repository or plan. See Linking to source code repositories.
  2. Select Add repository, or edit an existing repository configuration.
  3. From the Source repository list, select GitHub repository.
  4. Enter a display name for this repository so that you can identify it quickly later on.
  5. In the Username field, enter one of the following values:
    • If you're adding a repository that belongs to your organization, enter the name of the organization as it appears in GitHub.
    • If you're adding your own repository, enter your GitHub username.
  6. Enter your GitHub access token. 

    To learn how to create personal access tokens (PAT) in GitHub, see GitHub documentation. Your PAT must have access to the following scopes to work with Bamboo: public_repo, read:org, read:user, repo:status. For private repositories, use the following scopes: repo, read:org, read:user.
  7. If you are a GitHub Enterprise User:
    1. Check the Using GitHub Enterprise? box.
    2. Enter your GitHub Enterprise base URL in the Base URL text field – if empty it defaults to
  8. Select Load repositories.
  9. (optional) Configure the following advanced options for a GitHub source repository for your plan:

Advanced Options

Use submodules
Select to enable submodules support if these are defined for the repository. If native GitHub capability is not defined for agent submodules support will be disabled.

SSH key applies to submodules
Bamboo will use the primary repository's SSH key for submodule authentication.

Command timeout
This is useful to stop hung Bitbucket processes. On slower networks, you may consider increasing the default timeout to allow Bamboo time to make an initial clone of the GitHub repository.

Verbose logs
Turns on --verbose and --debug options in hg commands and passes the output to build logs. Use this option if you encounter problems with GitHub in Bamboo.

Enable quiet period
Specifies a delay after a single commit is detected before the build is started. This allows multiple commits to be aggregated into a single build.

Include/Exclude files
Allows you to specify the files that Bamboo should, or should not, use to detect changes.

Enter into File pattern a regular expression to match the files that Bamboo  includes or excludes. The regex pattern must match the file path in the repository. See sub page for examples.

Exclude changesets
Enter a regular expression to match the commit messages for changesets that should not start a build.

Web Repository 

Fisheye – specify the URL and other details for the repository:

    • Fisheye URL — the URL of your Fisheye repository (e.g. '').
    • Repository Name — the name of your Fisheye repository (e.g. 'Bamboo'). This is effectively the alias for your repository path.
    • Repository Path — the path for your Fisheye repository (e.g. '/atlassian/bamboo/').

 See Integrating Bamboo with Fisheye for more information.

How do I determine my Repository Path?

If you have previously run builds with changes from your repository, the easiest way of determining your repository path is to view the code changes and copy the path from the start of the path of one of the changed files, up to (but not including) the appropriate root directory. The root directories for repositories are the ones shown by Fisheye when browsing a repository (e.g. trunk)). For example, if a code change listed /atlassian/bamboo/trunk/bamboo-acceptance-test/pom.xml, the path would be /atlassian/bamboo/.
If you have not previously run builds with changes from your repository, you will need to ask your Fisheye administrator for the repository path indexed by Fisheye.

Last modified on Jan 5, 2023

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