Edward Thomson

This is day 28 of my GitHub Actions Advent Calendar. If you want to see the whole list of tips as they're published, see the index.

Advent calendars usually run through Christmas, but I'm going to keep posting about GitHub Actions through the end of December. Consider it bonus content!

This month we've looked at a lot of different ways to build and test your code when a pull request is opened, or when a pull request is merged into the master branch. And we've looked at different ways to deploy your code to a package registry or to a cloud provider.

But GitHub Actions provides triggers for any operation that happens in your repository, not just the ones start CI/CD workflows. Here's some simple examples that display information about the event and are a good basis to build on.

Issue Comment

The issue_comment event is triggered whenever someone adds a comment on an issue or a pull request. The payload provides information about the issue and the comment that was added.

Here's a workflow that uses jq to get the issue comment out of the payload.

When this workflow runs it will print the comment.

Issue Comment

Wiki Changed

The gollum event is triggered whenever someone changes the repository's wiki. The payload provides information about the wiki pages that were changed.

Here's a workflow that uses jq to get the wiki information out of the payload.

When this workflow runs it will print the URL to the first wiki page that was changed.

Issue Comment

Scheduled

You don't have to run a workflow based on any activity in your repository at all; you can also run workflows on a schedule. When you use the schedule trigger, you can specify when the workflow should run using crontab(5) syntax.

on:
  schedule:
  - cron: 0 2 1 * *

In this case, the workflow will run at 2:00 AM every morning on the first day of every month (UTC). cron syntax is tricky, so be sure to consult the documentation if you haven't worked with it before.

Schedule

Although GitHub Actions provides great functionality for CI/CD workflows, there are triggers for almost every operation in your repository that you can use to automate functionality. With the last few days of the month, we'll look at a more concrete example.