Webhooks provide a way for notifications to be delivered to an external web server whenever certain actions occur on a repository or organization.
Tip: Only members with owner privileges for an organization or admin privileges for a repository can manage webhooks for an organization. For more information, see "Permission levels for an organization."
Webhooks can be triggered whenever a variety of actions are performed on a repository or an organization. For example, you can configure a webhook to execute whenever:
- A repository is pushed to
- A pull request is opened
- A GitHub Pages site is built
- A new member is added to a team
Using the GitHub API, you can make these webhooks update an external issue tracker, trigger CI builds, update a backup mirror, or even deploy to your production server.
You'll need access to an external server and a familiarity with technical procedures in order to set up a new webhook. For help on building a webhook, including a full list of actions you can associate with, see "Webhooks" in the GitHub Developer documentation.