➑️ Getting Started πŸ”—

Installation πŸ”—

Mergify is a GitHub Application that operates on your GitHub repositories to automate them. You need to install Mergify on your GitHub Account to have it working.

  1. Login to https://dashboard.mergify.io/

Mergify Dashboard
  1. Click on Enable Mergify on a new account or go to https://github.com/marketplace/mergify/

GitHub Marketplace for Mergify
  1. Once on the GitHub Marketplace page, scroll down and pick the plan you need.

GitHub Marketplace plan for Mergify
  1. GitHub will now offer you to select the repositories you want to give Mergify access to. Select any repository you like, or all if you wish.

GitHub select repositories for Mergify
  1. You will be redirected to the dashboard.

Mergify dashboard once setup

Configuration πŸ”—

The Configuration File πŸ”—

Mergify applies rules to your pull requests. To do that, you need to create a Mergify configuration in each repository where Mergify is used.

The configuration file should be created in the root directory of the repository and named either .mergify.yml or .mergify/config.yml or .github/mergify.yml.

As the file name implies, the configuration file format is based on YAML, a simplistic file format for data. The configuration file format is entirely documented in πŸ”– Configuration File.

The Rules πŸ”—

The configuration file is composed of a main key named pull_request_rules which contains a list of rules.

Each rule is composed of 3 elements:

  • A name that describes what the rule does. It’s not interpreted by Mergify and can be anything you like that helps you identify the rule.

  • A list of conditions. Each conditions must match for the rule to be applied.

  • A list of actions. Each action will be applied as soon as the pull request matches the conditions.

A First Rule πŸ”—

Let’s create a first rule that will merge the pull request as soon as it has been approved by one contributor.

Here’s the relevant configuration file content:

  - name: Automatic merge ⬇️ on approval βœ”
      - "#approved-reviews-by>=1"
        method: merge
  • The name of the rule is not used directly by Mergify, but is really useful when Mergify will report its status and for debugging rules. We advise setting an explicity name that makes sense to you.

  • The conditions defines the list of conditions that a pull request must match in order for the engine to execute the configured actions. In this example, there is only one condition to be met for the rule to be applied to a pull request. The approved-reviews-by variable contains the list of collaborators that approved the pull request and. In this case, the variable must contains at least 1 member (note the length operator # used here).

  • The action is to merge of the pull request. It enabled by specifying the merge action with a method parameter containing the merge method to use.

Fore more details about the configuration file format, check πŸ”– Configuration File.

Creating the Configuration File πŸ”—

You can create your configuration file using your favorite text editor. However, writing and testing in the config editor can be easier. Go to your Mergify dashboard and pick the config editor for your organization. Then, select a repository where you enabled Mergify.

Mergify config editor

You can edit the default configuration provided as you wish. If your repository has existing pull requests, you can test your configuration against those by typing a pull request number in the form above.

When done, click on the Create a pull request with this configuration button. A new pull request will be created on your repository with the new Mergify configuration. You can merge them by clicking on the merge button.

Mergify config editor PR


For security reason, Mergify will never automatically merge a pull request if it changes the Mergify configuration file.

Once your configuration is merged, Mergify will apply it to all your pull requests.

Understanding Mergify Check Report πŸ”—

When a pull request is created in the repository, Mergify posts a status check about the state of the pull request according to the defined rules.

status check


When a pull request changes the configuration of Mergify, the status is built with the current configuration (without the pull request change). The Mergify configuration is validated and status is posted in the Summary check.

When all the criterias of the rules are satisfied, Mergify executes the configured actions and e.g. merges the pull request.

Controlling Mergify with Commands πŸ”—

Mergify also exposes a set of βš™οΈ Commands that you can trigger by commenting on the pull request.

status check

You can consult the list of those commands on the βš™οΈ Commands page.