You can use OAuth tokens to interact with GitHub via automated scripts.

Step 1: Get an OAuth token

Create a personal access token on your application settings page.

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Step 2: Clone a repository

Once you have a token, you can enter it instead of your password when performing Git operations over HTTPS.

For example, on the command line you would enter the following:

git clone https://github.com/username/repo.git
Username: your_username
Password: your_token

To avoid these prompts, you can use Git password caching.

Warning: Tokens have read/write access and should be treated like passwords. If you enter your token into the clone URL when cloning or adding a remote, Git writes it to your .git/config file in plain text, which is a security risk.