How to Create a Self-Hosted GitHub App

If you are using Bencher Cloud, then you can simply sign up or log in using the GitHub button.

For Bencher Self-Hosted, you will need to have a Bencher Plus Enterprise plan, create your own GitHub App, and update your console and sever configurations.

Create a GitHub App

  • Create a GitHub App
  • GitHub App name
    • Choose an unique name (ex: Bencher for My Enterprise)
  • Homepage URL
    • Set it to your Bencher Self-Hosted Console URL (ex:
  • Identifying and authorizing users
    • Callback URL
      • Set the callback URL to your Bencher Self-Hosted Console URL with the path /auth/github (ex:
    • ✅ Expire user authorization tokens
    • ✅ Request user authorization (OAuth) during installation
    • ✅ Enable Device Flow
  • Webhook
    • ❌ Active - Uncheck this box
  • Permissions
    • Account permissions
      • Email addresses: Read-only
  • Where can this GitHub App be installed?
    • 🔘 Any account
  • Click Create GitHub App
  • Now under General for the newly created app
  • Note the Client ID (ex: Iv1.12864abcd1232048)
  • Client secrets
    • Click Generate a new client secret
    • Note this secret (ex: 00000abcd12345wxyz123456789abcdefgh0000)
  • Add the Bencher logo PNG under Display information
  • Private keys
    • Click Generate a private key

GitHub App Configuration

Console UI

Set the GITHUB_CLIENT_ID environment variable when you run the bencher-console Docker image. (ex: GITHUB_CLIENT_ID=Iv1.12864abcd1232048) If the Client ID is missing, then the GitHub buttons will not appear in the UI.

API Server

Add the client_id and client_secret to the plus.github section of the server config. If the GitHub section is missing, then the server will fail any GitHub authentication requests.

🐰 Congrats! You have learned how to setup a GitHub App! 🎉

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Published: Sat, August 12, 2023 at 4:07:00 PM UTC | Last Updated: Mon, April 1, 2024 at 7:00:00 AM UTC