This repository contains the source code of the Recode API.

The Recode API is hosted in a private server in the sole goal of implementing the GitHub OAuth flow in a secured manner (ie: without exposing our GitHub secret in the CLI).

The base URL for the API is: https://api.recode.sh


The Recode API only requires go >= 1.17 to run.


To use the Recode API, the following steps need to be taken:

  1. Clone the GitHub repository using: git clone https://github.com/recode-sh/api.git.

  2. Create a file named .env at the root of the repository. (This file will contain the environment variables required by the API).

  3. Use the .env.dist file to add the required environment variables to your .env file.

  4. Launch the API server using the command go run main.go. The server will listen on by default.


The Recode API is implemented using the Gin Web Framework.


GET /github/oauth/callback

This is the sole route defined. This is where you will be redirected after authorizing the Recode application on GitHub.

The GitHub OAuth code will be exchanged for an access token and transmited to the Recode CLI using an HTTP redirect.

GitHub OAuth flow

The GitHub OAuth flow is a multi-step process between the Recode CLI, GitHub and the Recode API:

  1. First, the Recode CLI will create an HTTP server that will listen for connections on${RANDOM_PORT}.

  2. Then, the Recode CLI will redirect you to GitHub to authorize the Recode application.

  3. Once authorized, GitHub will redirect you to the Recode API that will exchange to passed OAuth code for an access token.

  4. Once done, the Recode API will pass the received access token to the Recode CLI by redirecting you to${RANDOM_PORT}?access_token=${GITHUB_ACCESS_TOKEN}.

Given that GitHub doesn’t support dynamic OAuth redirect uris, the random port used by the CLI is passed to the API via the OAuth state parameter.

The future

This project is 100% community-driven, meaning that except for bug fixes no more features will be added.

The only features that will be added are the ones that will be posted as an issue and that will receive a significant amount of upvotes (>= 10 currently).


Recode is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.


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