Octokit plugin for GitHub's recommended request throttling

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Octokit plugin for GitHub’s recommended request throttling

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Implements all recommended best practices to prevent hitting secondary rate limits.


Load @octokit/plugin-throttling and @octokit/core (or core-compatible module) directly from cdn.skypack.dev
<script type="module">
  import { Octokit } from "https://cdn.skypack.dev/@octokit/core";
  import { throttling } from "https://cdn.skypack.dev/@octokit/plugin-throttling";

Install with npm install @octokit/core @octokit/plugin-throttling. Optionally replace @octokit/core with a core-compatible module.
Note: If you use it with @octokit/rest v16, install @octokit/core as a devDependency. This is only temporary and will no longer be necessary with @octokit/rest v17.
const { Octokit } = require("@octokit/core");
const { throttling } = require("@octokit/plugin-throttling");

The code below creates a "Hello, world!" issue on every repository in a given organization. Without the throttling plugin it would send many requests in parallel and would hit rate limits very quickly. But the @octokit/plugin-throttling slows down your requests according to the official guidelines, so you don't get blocked before your quota is exhausted.
The throttle.onSecondaryRateLimit and throttle.onRateLimit options are required. Return true to automatically retry the request after retryAfter seconds.
const MyOctokit = Octokit.plugin(throttling);

const octokit = new MyOctokit({
  auth: `secret123`,
  throttle: {
    onRateLimit: (retryAfter, options, octokit) => {
        `Request quota exhausted for request ${options.method} ${options.url}`

      if (options.request.retryCount === 0) {
        // only retries once
        octokit.log.info(`Retrying after ${retryAfter} seconds!`);
        return true;
    onSecondaryRateLimit: (retryAfter, options, octokit) => {
      // does not retry, only logs a warning
        `SecondaryRateLimit detected for request ${options.method} ${options.url}`

async function createIssueOnAllRepos(org) {
  const repos = await octokit.paginate(
    octokit.repos.listForOrg.endpoint({ org })
  return Promise.all(
    repos.map(({ name }) =>
        repo: name,
        title: "Hello, world!",

Pass { throttle: { enabled: false } } to disable this plugin.


Enabling Clustering support ensures that your application will not go over rate limits across Octokit instances and across Nodejs processes.
First install either redis or ioredis:
# NodeRedis (https://github.com/NodeRedis/node_redis)
npm install --save redis

# or ioredis (https://github.com/luin/ioredis)
npm install --save ioredis

Then in your application:
const Bottleneck = require("bottleneck");
const Redis = require("redis");

const client = Redis.createClient({
  /* options */
const connection = new Bottleneck.RedisConnection({ client });
connection.on("error", err => console.error(err));

const octokit = new MyOctokit({
  auth: 'secret123'
  throttle: {
    onSecondaryRateLimit: (retryAfter, options, octokit) => {
      /* ... */
    onRateLimit: (retryAfter, options, octokit) => {
      /* ... */

    // The Bottleneck connection object

    // A "throttling ID". All octokit instances with the same ID
    // using the same Redis server will share the throttling.
    id: "my-super-app",

    // Otherwise the plugin uses a lighter version of Bottleneck without Redis support

// To close the connection and allow your application to exit cleanly:
await connection.disconnect();

To use the ioredis library instead:
const Redis = require("ioredis");
const client = new Redis({
  /* options */
const connection = new Bottleneck.IORedisConnection({ client });
connection.on("error", (err) => console.error(err));