Article version: Enterprise Server 2.20

Reviewing the audit log for your organization

The audit log allows organization admins to quickly review the actions performed by members of your organization. It includes details such as who performed the action, what the action was, and when it was performed.

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Accessing the audit log

The audit log lists actions performed within the last 90 days. Only owners can access an organization's audit log.

  1. In the top right corner of GitHub Enterprise, click your profile photo, then click Your profile.
    Profile photo
  2. On the left side of your profile page, under "Organizations", click the icon for your organization.
    organization icons
  3. Under your organization name, click Settings.
    Organization settings button
  4. In the Settings sidebar, click Audit log.
    Org audit log settings in sidebar

Searching the audit log

The log lists the following information about each action:

  • Which repository an action was performed in
  • The user that performed the action
  • The action that was performed
  • Which country the action took place in
  • The date and time the action occurred

Note that you cannot search for entries using text. You can, however, construct search queries using a variety of filters. Many operators used when querying the log, such as -, >, or <, match the same format as searching across GitHub Enterprise. For more information, see "Searching on GitHub."

Search based on operation

Use the operation qualifier to limit actions to specific types of operations. For example:

  • operation:access finds all events where a resource was accessed.
  • operation:authentication finds all events where an authentication event was performed.
  • operation:create finds all events where a resource was created.
  • operation:modify finds all events where an existing resource was modified.
  • operation:remove finds all events where an existing resource was removed.
  • operation:restore finds all events where an existing resource was restored.
  • operation:transfer finds all events where an existing resource was transferred.

Search based on repository

Use the repo qualifier to limit actions to a specific repository. For example:

  • repo:my-org/our-repo finds all events that occurred for the our-repo repository in the my-org organization.
  • repo:my-org/our-repo repo:my-org/another-repo finds all events that occurred for both the our-repo and another-repo repositories in the my-org organization.
  • -repo:my-org/not-this-repo excludes all events that occurred for the not-this-repo repository in the my-org organization.

Note that you must include the account name within the repo qualifier; searching for just repo:our-repo will not work.

Search based on the user

The actor qualifier can scope events based on who performed the action. For example:

  • actor:octocat finds all events performed by octocat.
  • actor:octocat actor:hubot finds all events performed by both octocat and hubot.
  • -actor:hubot excludes all events performed by hubot.

Note that you can only use a GitHub Enterprise username, not an individual's real name.

Search based on the action performed

To search for specific events, use the action qualifier in your query. Actions listed in the audit log are grouped within the following categories:

Category NameDescription
discussion_postContains all activities related to discussions posted to a team page.
discussion_post_replyContains all activities related to replies to discussions posted to a team page.
hookContains all activities related to webhooks.
integration_installation_requestContains all activities related to organization member requests for owners to approve integrations for use in the organization.
orgContains all activities related to organization membership
organization_labelContains all activities related to default labels for repositories in your organization.
profile_pictureContains all activities related to your organization's profile picture.
projectContains all activities related to project boards.
protected_branchContains all activities related to protected branches.
repoContains all activities related to the repositories owned by your organization.
repository_vulnerability_alertContains all activities related to security alerts for vulnerable dependencies.
teamContains all activities related to teams in your organization.
team_discussionsContains activities related to managing team discussions for an organization.

You can search for specific sets of actions using these terms. For example:

  • action:team finds all events grouped within the team category.
  • -action:hook excludes all events in the webhook category.

Each category has a set of associated events that you can filter on. For example:

  • action:team.create finds all events where a team was created.
  • -action:hook.events_changed excludes all events where the events on a webhook have been altered.

This list describes the available categories and associated events:

The discussion_post category
ActionDescription
updateTriggered when a team discussion post is edited.
destroyTriggered when a team discussion post is deleted.
The discussion_post_reply category
ActionDescription
updateTriggered when a reply to a team discussion post is edited.
destroyTriggered when a reply to a team discussion post is deleted.
The hook category
ActionDescription
createTriggered when a new hook was added to a repository owned by your organization.
config_changedTriggered when an existing hook has its configuration altered.
destroyTriggered when an existing hook was removed from a repository.
events_changedTriggered when the events on a hook have been altered.
The integration_installation_request category
ActionDescription
createTriggered when an organization member requests that an organization owner install an integration for use in the organization.
closeTriggered when a request to install an integration for use in an organization is either approved or denied by an organization owner, or canceled by the organization member who opened the request.
The issue category
ActionDescription
destroyTriggered when an organization owner or someone with admin permissions in a repository deletes an issue from an organization-owned repository.
The org category
ActionDescription
disable_member_team_creation_permissionTriggered when an organization owner limits team creation to owners. For more information, see "Setting team creation permissions in your organization."
disable_two_factor_requirementTriggered when an owner disables a two-factor authentication requirement for all members and outside collaborators in an organization.
enable_member_team_creation_permissionTriggered when an organization owner allows members to create teams. For more information, see "Setting team creation permissions in your organization."
enable_two_factor_requirementTriggered when an owner requires two-factor authentication for all members and outside collaborators in an organization.
invite_memberTriggered when a new user was invited to join your organization.
remove_memberTriggered when an owner removes a member from an organization or when two-factor authentication is required in an organization and an organization member doesn't use 2FA or disables 2FA. Also triggered when an organization member removes themselves from an organization.
remove_outside_collaboratorTriggered when an owner removes an outside collaborator from an organization or when two-factor authentication is required in an organization and an outside collaborator does not use 2FA or disables 2FA.
update_default_repository_permissionTriggered when an owner changes the default repository permission level for organization members.
update_memberTriggered when an owner changes a person's role from owner to member or member to owner.
update_member_repository_creation_permissionTriggered when an owner changes the create repository permission for organization members.
The organization_label category
ActionDescription
createTriggered when a default label is created.
updateTriggered when a default label is edited.
destroyTriggered when a default label is deleted.
The oauth_application category
ActionDescription
createTriggered when a new OAuth App is created.
destroyTriggered when an existing OAuth App is deleted.
reset_secretTriggered when an OAuth App's client secret is reset.
revoke_tokensTriggered when an OAuth App's user tokens are revoked.
transferTriggered when an existing OAuth App is transferred to a new organization.
The profile_picture category
ActionDescription
updateTriggered when you set or update your organization's profile picture.
The project category
ActionDescription
createTriggered when a project board is created.
linkTriggered when a repository is linked to a project board.
renameTriggered when a project board is renamed.
updateTriggered when a project board is updated.
deleteTriggered when a project board is deleted.
unlinkTriggered when a repository is unlinked from a project board.
update_org_permissionTriggered when the base-level permission for all organization members is changed or removed.
update_team_permissionTriggered when a team's project board permission level is changed or when a team is added or removed from a project board.
update_user_permissionTriggered when an organization member or outside collaborator is added to or removed from a project board or has their permission level changed.
The protected_branch category
ActionDescription
create Triggered when branch protection is enabled on a branch.
destroyTriggered when branch protection is disabled on a branch.
update_admin_enforced Triggered when branch protection is enforced for repository administrators.
update_require_code_owner_review Triggered when enforcement of required Code Owner review is updated on a branch.
dismiss_stale_reviews Triggered when enforcement of dismissing stale pull requests is updated on a branch.
update_signature_requirement_enforcement_level Triggered when enforcement of required commit signing is updated on a branch.
update_pull_request_reviews_enforcement_level Triggered when enforcement of required pull request reviews is updated on a branch.
update_required_status_checks_enforcement_level Triggered when enforcement of required status checks is updated on a branch.
rejected_ref_update Triggered when a branch update attempt is rejected.
policy_override Triggered when a branch protection requirement is overridden by a repository administrator.
update_allow_force_pushes_enforcement_level Triggered when force pushes are enabled or disabled for a protected branch.
update_allow_deletions_enforcement_level Triggered when branch deletion is enabled or disabled for a protected branch.
update_linear_history_requirement_enforcement_level Triggered when required linear commit history is enabled or disabled for a protected branch.
The repo category
ActionDescription
accessTriggered when a repository owned by an organization is switched from "private" to "public" (or vice versa).
add_memberTriggered when a user accepts an invitation to have collaboration access to a repository.
add_topicTriggered when a repository admin adds a topic to a repository.
archivedTriggered when a repository admin archives a repository.
config.disable_anonymous_git_accessTriggered when anonymous Git read access is disabled in a public repository.
config.enable_anonymous_git_accessTriggered when anonymous Git read access is enabled in a public repository.
config.lock_anonymous_git_accessTriggered when a repository's anonymous Git read access setting is locked.
config.unlock_anonymous_git_accessTriggered when a repository's anonymous Git read access setting is unlocked.
createTriggered when a new repository is created.
destroyTriggered when a repository is deleted.
enableTriggered when a repository is reenabled.
remove_memberTriggered when a user is removed from a repository as a collaborator.
remove_topicTriggered when a repository admin removes a topic from a repository.
renameTriggered when a repository is renamed.
transferTriggered when a repository is transferred.
transfer_startTriggered when a repository transfer is about to occur.
unarchivedTriggered when a repository admin unarchives a repository.
The repository_vulnerability_alert category
ActionDescription
createTriggered when GitHub Enterprise creates a security alert for a vulnerable dependency in a particular repository.
resolveTriggered when someone with write access to a repository pushes changes to update and resolve a vulnerability in a project dependency.
dismissTriggered when an organization owner or person with admin access to the repository dismisses a security alert about a vulnerable dependency.
The team category
ActionDescription
add_memberTriggered when a member of an organization is added to a team.
add_repositoryTriggered when a team is given control of a repository.
change_parent_teamTriggered when a child team is created or a child team's parent is changed.
change_privacyTriggered when a team's privacy level is changed.
createTriggered when a new team is created.
destroyTriggered when a team is deleted from the organization.
remove_memberTriggered when a member of an organization is removed from a team.
remove_repositoryTriggered when a repository is no longer under a team's control.
The team_discussions category
ActionDescription
disableTriggered when an organization owner disables team discussions for an organization. For more information, see "Disabling team discussions for your organization."
enableTriggered when an organization owner enables team discussions for an organization.

Search based on time of action

Use the created qualifier to filter actions in the audit log based on when they occurred. Date formatting must follow the ISO8601 standard, which is YYYY-MM-DD (year-month-day). You can also add optional time information THH:MM:SS+00:00 after the date, to search by the hour, minute, and second. That's T, followed by HH:MM:SS (hour-minutes-seconds), and a UTC offset (+00:00).

Dates support greater than, less than, and range qualifiers. For example:

  • created:2014-07-08 finds all events that occurred on July 8th, 2014.
  • created:>=2014-07-08 finds all events that occurred on or after July 8th, 2014.
  • created:<=2014-07-08 finds all events that occurred on or before July 8th, 2014.
  • created:2014-07-01..2014-07-31 finds all events that occurred in the month of July 2014.

The audit log contains data for the past 90 days, but you can use the created qualifier to search for events earlier than that.

Search based on location

Using the qualifier country, you can filter actions in the audit log based on the originating country. You can use a country's two-letter short code or its full name. Keep in mind that countries with spaces in their name will need to be wrapped in quotation marks. For example:

  • country:de finds all events that occurred in Germany.
  • country:Mexico finds all events that occurred in Mexico.
  • country:"United States" all finds events that occurred in the United States.

Using the Audit log API

Note: The Audit log API is available for organizations using GitHub Enterprise.

To ensure a secure IP and maintain compliance for your organization, you can use the Audit log API to keep copies of your audit log data and monitor:

  • Access to your organization or repository settings.
  • Changes in permissions.
  • Added or removed users in an organization, repository, or team.
  • Users being promoted to admin.
  • Changes to permissions of a GitHub App.

The GraphQL response can include data for up to 90 to 120 days.

For example, you can make a GraphQL request to see all the new organization members added to your organization. For more information, see the "GraphQL API Audit Log" in the GitHub Developer documentation.

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