This part of the documentation covers the Event object.

Event Objects

class, session)

Represents an event as returned by the API.

It structures and handles the data returned by via the Events section of the GitHub API.

Two events can be compared like so:

e1 == e2
e1 != e2

And that is equivalent to: == !=

A EventUser that represents the user whose action generated this event.


A datetime representing when this event was created.


The unique identifier for this event.


If present, a EventOrganization representing the organization on which this event occurred.


The type of event this is.

See also

Event Types Documentation
GitHub’s documentation of different event types

The payload of the event which has all of the details relevant to this event.


The string representation of the repository this event pertains to.

Changed in version 1.0.0: This restores the behaviour of the API. To get a tuple, representation, use self.repo.split('/', 1)


A boolean representing whether the event is publicly viewable or not.


Return the attributes for this object as a dictionary.

This is equivalent to calling:

Returns:this object’s attributes serialized to a dictionary
Return type:dict

Return the json data for this object.

This is equivalent to calling:

Returns:this object’s attributes as a JSON string
Return type:str
from_dict(json_dict, session)

Return an instance of this class formed from json_dict.

from_json(json, session)

Return an instance of this class formed from json.

static list_types()

List available payload types.


Generate a new session.

Returns:A brand new session
Return type:GitHubSession

Number of requests before GitHub imposes a ratelimit.


Re-retrieve the information for this object.

The reasoning for the return value is the following example:

repos = [r.refresh() for r in g.repositories_by('kennethreitz')]

Without the return value, that would be an array of None’s and you would otherwise have to do:

repos = [r for i in g.repositories_by('kennethreitz')]
[r.refresh() for r in repos]

Which is really an anti-pattern.

Changed in version 0.5.

Parameters:conditional (bool) – If True, then we will search for a stored header (‘Last-Modified’, or ‘ETag’) on the object and send that as described in the Conditional Requests section of the docs

When accessing the payload of the event, you should notice that you receive a dictionary where the keys depend on the event type. Note:

  • where they reference an array in the documentation but index it like a dictionary, you are given a regular dictionary

  • where they reference a key as returning an object, you receive the equivalent object from the dictionary, e.g., for a Fork Event:

    >>> event
    <Event [Fork]>
    >>> event.payload
    {u'forkee': <Repository [eweap/redactor-js]>}
    >>> event.payload['forkee']
    <Repository [eweap/redactor-js]>

Using the dictionary returned as the payload makes far more sense than creating an object for the payload in this instance. For one, creating a class for each payload type would be insanity. I did it once, but it isn’t worth the effort. Having individual handlers as we have now which modify the payload to use our objects when available is more sensible.