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app git-shining

Create art out of a yearly GitHub contribution graph

4 releases

0.2.2 Aug 30, 2023
0.2.1 Aug 30, 2023
0.2.0 Aug 30, 2023
0.1.0 Aug 27, 2023

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git-shining: Transform the GitHub contributor graph into living art

This program turns your contributor graph into a work of art by filing commits with the right dates. GitHub will automatically scan the repository and fill out the graph for you.

Or here if you want a more in-your-face example.


Best to create or use a burner account for this; this is not for your main account.

  • You must have no other activity for the year, which includes pull requests, issue comments, etc.
  • You must only have one repository recording commits for the year, and it must be all commits related to your message.
  • GitHub will let you back-date your commits to 1970/1/1 so be sure to use the --origin option if you want to exploit that.


The first step is to generate configuration. You can do this in two ways:

git-shining generate-config <json|txt>

This will generate a blank canvas for editing in JSON or TXT (more on this later) format.


git-shining render-font <.otf or .ttf file> <message (be sure to quote)>

This will generate a pre-filled configuration with the message rasterized to the canvas in the font provided.

Then, you can generate a repository with the generate-repository command. Be sure to at least set the email field of the person you want getting credit for the commits, it must map directly to a configured GitHub email:

git-shining generate-repository -i bro.txt -e wearelegion@example.org -m "Sup Bro" /tmp/test.git

After that, you can create your repository and upload it.

If you want to generate repositories that start the graph at a certain date, look at the --origin options of build and generate-repository.

Configuration Formats

There are two formats for configuration: JSON and TXT.

JSON is a JSON array of integers, from 0-10, which coordinate to shading in the graph (made possible by filing more commits for brighter shades). It is easy to consume, post-process, and generate, but a little hard to edit.

TXT is an easier format to hand-edit. It is simply a well-aligned grid of integers, which you can set from 0-A (A is 10 here) to affect shading.

The generate-config sub-command can generate both formats for hand-editing, and the render-font command has switches to modify target configuration output.


  • If you upload twice, you must fully delete the old repository and re-create it. Force pushes will not clear the graph.
  • If you're wondering what your graph will look like before you push to GitHub, try the build sub-command which will generate a HTML mock of the graph you can load into your browser. You can hover over each square to get the expected date.

Future Plans

  • Marquee and Mural functionality


The Professional erik+github@hollensbe.org


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