About notifications

Notifications provide updates about the activities and conversations you're interested in. You can receive notifications on GitHub Enterprise or through your email client.

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Types of notifications

The notifications you receive will either be participating notifications or watching notifications. Both types of notifications can be received as web notifications or email notifications. For more information, see:

Tip: If you receive both web and email notifications, you can automatically sync the read or unread status of the notification so that web notifications are automatically marked as read once you've read the corresponding email notification. To enable this sync, your email client must be able to view images from 'the no-reply email address configured by your site administrator'.

Participating notifications

GitHub Enterprise sends participating notifications when you're directly involved in activities or conversations within a repository or a team you're a member of. You'll receive a notification when:

  • You, or a team you're a member of, are mentioned. For more information, see "Basic writing and formatting syntax."
  • The parent team of a child team you're a member of is mentioned. For more information, see "About teams."
  • You're assigned to an issue or pull request.
  • A comment is added in a conversation you're subscribed to.
  • A commit is made to a pull request you're subscribed to.
  • You open, comment on, or close an issue or pull request.
  • A review is submitted that approves or requests changes to a pull request you're subscribed to.
  • You, or a team you're a member of, are requested to review a pull request.
  • You, or a team you're a member of, are the designated owner of a file and someone opens a pull request that changes that file. For more information, see "About code owners."
  • You create or reply to a team discussion.

Watching notifications

GitHub Enterprise sends watching notifications for updates in repositories or team discussions that you're watching. You automatically watch all repositories that you create and are owned by your user account. You can also choose to automatically watch all repositories that you have push access to, except forks. You can watch any other repository manually. For more information, see "Watching and unwatching repositories."

You'll receive a notification when:

  • An issue is opened.
  • A comment is added to an open issue.
  • A pull request is opened.
  • A comment is added to an open pull request.
  • A comment is added to a commit.
  • A release is published. For more information, see "About releases." You can also only watch for releases published in a repository, rather than all updates to a repository. For more information, see "Watching and unwatching releases for a repository."
  • A review is submitted that approves or requests changes to a pull request.
  • A team discussion post is created or replied to for a team you're watching.
  • A team discussion post for a parent team of or a team you're a member of and watching, is opened, edited, or replied to. For more information, see "Nested teams."

You can also browse activity from people you follow, repositories you watch, and organizations you're a member of on your dashboard. For more information, see "About your personal dashboard."

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