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The new GitHub Issues – August 17th update

Over the past month, we’ve continued to improve the GitHub Issues beta as we work hand-in-hand with our beta users to make GitHub the place that developers can plan, manage and track their work. Here are some of the recent ships:

🗂 Improved filtering

Three new filtering options are now available:

  • Find items that don’t match a query with -. For example -status:done
  • Find items that have null values with no. For example no:status
  • Find items based on state with is. For example is:open or is:issue

All of these new filtering options have type-ahead support in the filter bar and can be found in the command palette with cmd+k (on MacOS) or ctrl+k (on Windows/Linux).

all filters demo

📝 Draft to Issue conversion

You can now convert any draft issue in a project to an issue. Simply use the item menu or edit the assignee, labels, milestone or repository fields.

Convert to issue demo

✨ Bug fixes & improvements

  • Filtering is now possible over hidden fields.
  • The scroll position is reset correctly when changing views.
  • Hitting ‘enter’ on a cell keeps you in the same field and moves you to the row below.
  • Fixed an issue with filtering against fields which contained emojis.
  • Updates to dark mode colors.
  • Adding a new item via ‘tab’ now focuses you on the second column in the table layout.
  • The command palette now allows filtering across all fields.
  • Fixed a bug where deleting a field being used for a sort or group by broke the view.
  • Improved drag and drop to empty columns in the board layout.
  • Draft issues are now included under the is:issue filter.

Learn about the Issues beta on the GitHub Issues page or in the FAQ.

macOS 11 Big Sur is now generally available on GitHub-hosted runners. Use GitHub Actions to build and publish apps for the latest Apple ecosystem by updating your workflows to include runs-on: macos-11

    runs-on: macos-11
      - uses: actions/checkout@v2
      - name: Build
        run: swift build
      - name: Run tests
        run: swift test

The macOS 11 Big Sur runner image has different tools and tool versions than macOS 10.15 Catalina. See the full list of changed software.

If you spot any issues with your workflows when using Big Sur, please let us know by creating an issue in the virtual-environments repository.

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As previously announced, starting on August 13, 2021, at 09:00 PST, we will no longer accept account passwords when authenticating Git operations on Instead, token-based authentication (for example, personal access, OAuth, SSH Key, or GitHub App installation token) will be required for all authenticated Git operations.

Please refer to this blog post for instructions on what you need to do to continue using git operations securely.


  • August 13, 2021, at 09:00 PST
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