Connect with GitHub Enterprise

Connecting with GitHub Enterprise grants buddybuild access to your repository so that it can build your app when you push code to your repository. Connecting also grants buddybuild API access to manage webhooks for you, generate commit status, integrate with the GitHub issue tracker, enables the pull request flow, synchronizes access control for team management and more.

Each member of your team that uses buddybuild should go through this guide to connect with GitHub Enterprise. This is encouraged so that you can take advantage of team management features.

Prerequisite

First make sure you have created an account with buddybuild by signing up with GitHub, Bitbucket, GitLab or by email.

Caution

Buddybuild rejects connecting to repositories via HTTPS that are provisioned with self-signed certificates.

Using a self-signed certificate could make it possible for someone to spoof your repository and inject malicious code into your builds.

Connect your GitHub Enterprise account

To connect your GitHub Enterprise account follow this URL:

You will see a dialog with two input fields. If you already know your GitHub Enterprise endpoint and have a personal access token, then enter those now. Otherwise continue reading the next sections to learn how to get the endpoint name and generate a personal access token.

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Configure your GitHub Enterprise endpoint

Your GitHub Enterprise endpoint is the hostname part of the URL when you visit your repositories in GitHub Enterprise. Copy the hostname part of your GitHub Enterprise server URL, which often looks something like git.mycompany.com. If your server uses a non-default HTTPS port, then please also copy the port part of the URL. For example, git.mycompany.com:1234.

Do you have a private DNS?

Your GitHub Enterprise hostname must be publicly addressable on the internet. If you use private DNS for your GitHub Enterprise installation, then you can use the IP address of the server instead.

Do you have a firewall configured?

If your network infrastructure restricts inbound access over HTTPS from a set of IP addresses, then you may need to whitelist the IP addresses used by the buddybuild fleet. Please contact us for the latest CIDR range used by buddybuild.

Create a personal access token

Navigate to your GitHub Enterprise instance and sign in with your individual account credentials. You do not need to sign in with the GitHub Enterprise admin account.

Choose Settings from the top right menu under your profile picture.

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You will see a list of menu items of the left side of the page. Click on Personal access tokens. Then create a new token by clicking on Generate new token.

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Enter buddybuild as the Token description.

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Carefully select the repo, write:repo_hook and user scopes. When you are done it should look like this.

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Note

What are these scopes used for?

The repo scope is required so that buddybuild can read from your repositories when building your app, post issues to the GitHub issue tracker and automatically install the buddybuild SDK if you choose to enable those features later.

The write:repo_hook scope is required to automatically configure your webhook, so that buddybuild knows when to build your app.

The user scope if required so that buddybuild can access your GitHub username for team management features.

Copy the personal access token, a 40 character hexadecimal string.

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In buddybuild, paste the personal access token into the Enter your Personal Access Token field. Then click Connect Your GitHub Enterprise Repositories.

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The dialog should close and display a list of your repositories. At this point you have successfully completed connecting buddybuild with GitHub Enterprise!

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