How to Use GitHub Actions Status? Simple Guide for Beginners!

GitHub Actions is a powerful tool that allows you to automate your workflow. One of the features of GitHub Actions is the ability to add a status to your repository. This status can be used to indicate whether or not your build was successful, for example. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to use GitHub Actions status in your own repositories.

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Things You Should Know To Use GitHub Status

  • You want to test the code in your repository.
  • Status checks let you know if your commits meet the conditions set for the repository you’re contributing to.
  • You need to follow the steps carefully to be able to use GitHub Status.

External processes, such as continuous integration builds, are used to perform status checks for each push to a repository. Individual commits in your pull request show the status of status checks as pending, passing, or failing.

List of GitHub Commits and Their Statuses

Anyone who has to write access to a repository can change the state of any status check in the repository. On your repository’s branches page or in the list of pull requests, you can see the overall state of the most recent commit to a branch.

If a repository requires status checks, the required status checks must pass before you can merge your branch into the protected branch. See “About protected branches” for more information.

Types of Status Checks on GitHub

On GitHub, there are two kinds of status checks:

  1. Checks.
  2. Statuses.

Checks differ from statuses in that they include line annotations and more detailed messaging, and they can only be used with GitHub Apps.

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Organization owners and users with push access to a repository can use the GitHub API to create checks and statuses. See “Checks” and “Statuses” for more information.

Check Action

  1. When checks are configured in a repository, pull requests include a Checks tab from which you can view detailed build output from status checks and rerun failed checks.
    Note: The Checks tab only gets populated for pull requests if you set up checks, not statuses, for the repository.
  2. When a specific line in a commit causes a check to fail, the Files tab of the pull request displays details about the failure, warning, or notice next to the relevant code.
  3. When a specific line in a commit causes a check to fail, the pull request’s Files tab displays information about the failure, warning, or notice next to the relevant code.

Skipping and requesting checks for individual commits

When a repository is configured to automatically request checks for pushes, you can choose to skip checks for each commit you push. If a repository is not configured to automatically request checks for pushes, you can request checks for each commit that you push. See “Check Suites” for more information on these options.

Add one of the following trailer lines to the end of your commit message to skip or request checks for your commit:

1. To bypass commit checks, type your commit message and a brief, meaningful description of your changes. Add two empty lines followed by skip-checks after your commit description, but before the closing quotation: true:

$ git commit -m “Update README



skip-checks: true”


2. To request commit checks, enter your commit message and a brief, meaningful description of your changes. Add two empty lines after your commit description, before the closing quotation, followed by request-checks: true:


$ git commit -m “Refactor usability tests



request-checks: true”


Retention of status checks

Data from checks older than 400 days are archived. GitHub generates a rollup commit status that represents the state of all checks for that commit as part of the archiving process. As a result, the merge box in any pull request with required archived checks will be blocked, and you will need to rerun the checks before merging the pull request.


GitHub Actions Status is a great way to add an extra level of information and context to your repository. It’s easy to set up and can be customized to fit any need that you might have. We hope that this blog post has shown you how to use GitHub Actions Status in your own repositories.

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