A comment plugin base on GitHub issues

  • gitalk

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Gitalk is a modern comment component based on GitHub Issue and Preact.


  • Authentication with github account
  • Serverless, all comments will be stored as github issues
  • Both personal and organization github projects can be used to store comments
  • Localization, support multiple languages en, zh-CN, zh-TW, es-ES, fr, ru, de, pl, ko, fa, ja
  • Facebook-like distraction free mode (Can be enabled via the distractionFreeMode option)
  • Hotkey submit comment (cmd|ctrl + enter)

中文说明 Demo


Two ways.
  • links

<link rel="stylesheet" href="">
<script src=""></script>

<!-- or -->

<link rel="stylesheet" href="">
<script src=""></script>

  • npm install

npm i --save gitalk

import 'gitalk/dist/gitalk.css'
import Gitalk from 'gitalk'


Firstly, you need choose a public github repository (existed or create a new one) for store comments,
Then create A GitHub Application if you don't have one, Click here to register a new one. Note: You must specify the website domain url in the Authorization callback URL field.
Lastly, you can choose how to apply to the page as below:

Method One

Add a container to your page:
<div id="gitalk-container"></div>

Then use the Javascript code below to generate the gitalk plugin:
const gitalk = new Gitalk({
  clientID: 'GitHub Application Client ID',
  clientSecret: 'GitHub Application Client Secret',
  repo: 'GitHub repo',      // The repository of store comments,
  owner: 'GitHub repo owner',
  admin: ['GitHub repo owner and collaborators, only these guys can initialize github issues'],
  id: location.pathname,      // Ensure uniqueness and length less than 50
  distractionFreeMode: false  // Facebook-like distraction free mode


Method Two: Use in React

Import the Gitalk with
import GitalkComponent from "gitalk/dist/gitalk-component";

And use the component like
<GitalkComponent options={{
  clientID: "...",
  // ...
  // options below
}} />


  • clientID String

Required. GitHub Application Client ID.
  • clientSecret String

Required. GitHub Application Client Secret.
  • repo String

Required. GitHub repository.
  • owner String

Required. GitHub repository owner. Can be personal user or organization.
  • admin Array

Required. GitHub repository owner and collaborators. (Users who having write access to this repository)
  • id String

Default: location.href.
The unique id of the page. Length must less than 50.
  • number Number

Default: -1.
The issue ID of the page, if the number attribute is not defined, issue will be located using id.
  • labels Array

Default: ['Gitalk'].
GitHub issue labels.
  • title String

Default: document.title.
GitHub issue title.
  • body String

Default: location.href + header.meta[description].
GitHub issue body.
  • language String

Default: navigator.language || navigator.userLanguage.
Localization language key, support en, zh-CN, zh-TW, es-ES, fr, ru, de, pl, ko, fa, ja.
  • perPage Number

Default: 10.
Pagination size, with maximum 100.
  • distractionFreeMode Boolean

Default: false.
Facebook-like distraction free mode.
  • pagerDirection String

Default: 'last'
Comment sorting direction, available values are last and first.
  • createIssueManually Boolean

Default: false.
By default, Gitalk will create a corresponding github issue for your every single page automatically when the logined user is belong to the admin users. You can create it manually by setting this option to true.
  • proxy String

GitHub oauth request reverse proxy for CORS. Why need this?
  • flipMoveOptions Object

Default: ```js
  staggerDelayBy: 150,
  appearAnimation: 'accordionVertical',
  enterAnimation: 'accordionVertical',
  leaveAnimation: 'accordionVertical',
Comment list animation. Reference
  • enableHotKey Boolean

Default: true.
Enable hot key (cmd|ctrl + enter) submit comment.

Instance Methods

  • render(String/HTMLElement)

Init render and mount plugin.


TypeScript definitions for options and Gitalk class come with the package and should be automatically detected.
Definitions for React component usage are not included.


  1. Fork the repository and create your branch from master
  2. If you've added code that should be tested, add tests!
  3. If you've changed APIs, update the documentation.
  4. Ensure the test suite passes (npm test).
  5. Make sure your code lints (npm run lint).
  6. Commit your changes (git commit) Commit Message Format Reference

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