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Brownout Notice: API Authentication via Query Parameters for 48 hours

As previously communicated, on August 11, 2021 at 14:00 UTC for 48 hours, GitHub will be conducting the third and final scheduled brownout for API Authentication via Query Parameters.

If you are passing credentials via query or path parameters, GitHub will intermittently respond with client errors. Please refer to this blog post for details on authenticating API requests to GitHub using the Authorization header.


  • August 11, 2021: For 48 hours starting at 14:00 UTC


  • September 8 2021 at 14:00 UTC

Please check the latest Enterprise release notes to learn in which version API Authentication via Query Parameters will be removed.

You can now enable Visual Studio Code as a preferred editor for all Assignments in GitHub Classroom. To do so, select “Visual Studio Code” as a supported editor during Assignment creation. Once enabled, all accepted Assignments will include an “Open in VS Code” badge in the Assignment repository READMEs. This badge will open the assignment in Visual Studio Code with the new GitHub Classroom extension auto-installed. You can also independently install the extension from the Visual Code Marketplace

Get started with the Visual Studio Code integration

Add a Supported Editor section of Assignment Creation now shows Visual Studio Code as a dropdown option

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The Audit Log now includes events associated with GitHub Actions self-hosted runners. This data provides enterprise customers with an expanded data set for security and compliance audits.

New events will be incorporated into the audit log when:

  • A self-hosted runner application has started and can begin processing new jobs
  • A self-hosted runner application has stopped and will no longer process jobs

These new events are only available to customers on the Enterprise plan and can be viewed using the REST API.

Learn more about Audit Log events

For questions please visit the GitHub Actions community forum

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