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Using MakeCode with GitHub #MakeCode @MSMakeCode @GitHub

The MakeCode team writes a third installment in a series posts documenting the integration of GitHub authoring in MakeCode.

In the previous two episodes, we introduced integrated GitHub authoring experience for extensions; then we discussed the new support for diffing and branching.

In this episode, we tell you about our next iteration of GitHub integration – putting in a friendly GitHub experience for all users, not just extension writers.


  • We’ve moved the GitHub button right next to the project save button. It’s always present and it shows you whether or not there are changes needing to be pushed or pulled.
  • OAuth authentication – previously, a developer token was needed to sign in to GitHub with MakeCode. In this release, we support a friendlier authentication flow where you are asked by the Microsoft MakeCode for GitHub application to sign in.
  • The experience to create and review pull requests is now streamlined. MakeCode will create a pull request for you and directly open the pull request review page. Additionally, all the rendered diffs display automatically on the pull request timeline.
  • If a commit modifies blocks, MakeCode will automatically add the rendered diff to the commit. This allows you to review code changes as blocks in addition to just seeing them as text.
  • The README file displays the rendered blocs for the last commit in the master branch. This is particularly useful when navigating to a MakeCode project through GitHub.
  • The GitHub Explorer is designed to quickly load and review MakeCode projects hosted on GitHub from a given user. The typical usage scenario for the explorer is when a teacher wants to review projects completed by a student.


This new GitHub authoring is currently available in:

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