How to export Github pull requests

I had the need recently to export Github pull requests from a repository to a CSV so that I could do some analysis.

I wasn’t able to find a simple way to this in the Github UI. When I searched, I found several tools. But, the API seemed quite simple, so I just wrote a script that would dump all pull requests from a Github repository to a CSV.


# This script requires jq to be installed and available in the path.


get_pull_requests() {
	curl -s --location --request GET "$ORG/$REPO/pulls?state=all&per_page=40&page=$1" \
		--header "Authorization: token $TOKEN" \
		--header "Accept: application/vnd.github+json"

get_raw_output() {
	printf '%s' "$1" | jq -r

while [ "$OUTPUT_RAW" != "[]" ] ; do
	OUTPUT=$( get_pull_requests "$i" )
	OUTPUT_RAW=$( get_raw_output "$OUTPUT" )


	printf '%s' "$OUTPUT" | jq -r '.[] | [ .created_at, .html_url, .user.login, .title ] | @csv'

To use the script, you’ll need to have jq. On a mac, you can use brew install jq.

The only other pre-requisite that you’ll need to export pull requests from Github is a personal access token.

From there, you should just need to run the script with something like to export all of your pull requests for a given repository:


If you’d like to change what data gets exported, simply change the fields that are pulled in this section:

[ .created_at, .html_url, .user.login, .title ]

You can modify that printf line to get an idea of what fields are even included that you can pull from

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