GitHub Enterprise Server

Buildkite can connect to your GitHub Enterprise Server and use the GitHub Status API to update the status of commits in pull requests.

GitHub Enterprise Server is available to Buildkite customers on Pro and Enterprise plans.

This guide was written using GitHub Enterprise version 2.16.3.

Earlier or later versions may have different menus and headings for the OAuth app registration. All of the Buildkite settings will remain the same.

This guide describes the setup for self-hosted GitHub Enterprise Server. GitHub Enterprise Cloud users should refer to GitHub.

Step 1: Register Buildkite as an OAuth app

In your GitHub Enterprise organization settings, select OAuth Apps under Developer Settings:

Screenshot of the OAuth Apps Page in the Developer Settings Menu

Select Register an application. Fill out the form with the following values:

  • Name: Buildkite
  • URL:
  • Callback URL:
Screenshot of the form to Register an OAuth Application

Select Register application at the bottom of the form.

After successfully registering your application, you can optionally add a logo to your app. Here is a pre-cropped image you can use:

Buildkite Logo

Make a note of your Client ID and Client Secret, you will need those to connect your GitHub Enterprise Server with Buildkite in the next step.

Screenshot of the Client ID and Client Secret section of the Buildkite OAuth App settings page

Step 2: Update your Buildkite organization settings

  1. Open your Buildkite organization's Settings and choose Repository Providers.
  2. Select GitHub Enterprise Server.
  3. Enter your settings:
    • The URL and public proxy URL of your GitHub Enterprise Server
    • The Client ID and Client Secret from the GitHub OAuth App you created in Step 1
    • If you're using self-signed certificates, make sure the Verify TLS Certificate checkbox is not selected.
  4. Select Save GitHub Enterprise Settings to save your settings. After saving, the Secret field appears blank. Buildkite has saved it, and will not display it.

    Screenshot of the GitHub Enterprise settings section in Buildkite

    You can optionally supply a TLS certificate pair to be used by Buildkite as a client certificate when contacting your GitHub Enterprise endpoints.

    Screenshot of the TLS client settings section of the GitHub Enterprise settings in Buildkite

Step 3: Connect your GitHub Enterprise account to Buildkite

For Buildkite to mark commits and pull requests as pass or fail, you need to authorize your GitHub Enterprise user account with Buildkite.

  1. In your Buildkite Personal Settings, select Connected Apps. Here you'll see your GitHub Enterprise Server along with any other connected apps.
  2. Select Connect next to GitHub Enterprise:

    Screenshot of the Connected Apps page in Buildkite Personal Settings with the GitHub Enterprise App
  3. Buildkite redirects you back to your GitHub Enterprise Server, where it asks you to authorize your new Buildkite OAuth app to use your GitHub Enterprise account. Select Authorize to complete your setup:

    Screenshot of the Authorization page in GitHub Enterprise

    That's it! Next time you create a pipeline with a repository that's either or Buildkite will recognize that it's hosted on your GitHub Enterprise Server, and use your newly created OAuth authorization to update the commit statuses.

Transferring ownership

If you need to leave your current GitHub Enterprise Organization, you need to transfer the OAuth ownership first. Without this, the remaining members of your Buildkite team who are using that GitHub Enterprise Organization for OAuth won't be able to log in.

To correctly transfer the OAuth ownership over your GitHub Enterprise Organization, see GitHub's official documentation for Transferring ownership of an OAuth App and Maintaining ownership continuity for your organization.

Branch configuration and settings

You can edit the version control provider settings for each pipeline from the pipeline's settings page. Go to Pipelines > your specific pipeline > Settings > your Git service provider.

If you need more control over your pipeline configuration, add a pipeline.yml to your repository. Then you can use conditionals and branch filtering to configure your pipeline.

Firewalled installs

If your GitHub Enterprise is behind a firewall you'll need to allow Buildkite's IP address so we can perform OAuth authentications using GitHub Enterprise API to update your pull request statuses.

All Buildkite network traffic to your GitHub Enterprise Server will come from a set list of IP addresses. As the IP addresses are subject to change, it is best to retrieve them directly from the Meta API endpoint. Please configure your network to allow traffic from all IP addresses returned by the endpoint.

For additional security you can create a proxy that allows only the API endpoints we require:

  • /api/v3/repos/.*/.*/statuses
  • /api/v3/user
  • /login/oauth

The following is an example NGINX server configuration that proxies the required URLs and can be used with the Public API URL GitHub Enterprise setting in Buildkite:

daemon off;

events {
  worker_connections 1024;

http {

  server {
    listen 443 ssl;

    location / {
      deny all;

    location ~ ^/api/v3/repos/.*/.*/statuses {
      proxy_pass https://ghe.internal:443;

    location /api/v3/user {
      proxy_pass https://ghe.internal:443;

    location /login/oauth {
      proxy_pass https://ghe.internal:443;


Multiple GitHub Enterprise integrations

You can set up multiple GitHub Enterprise integrations with your Buildkite organization. However, due to the OAuth installation requirements, each integration must be configured by a unique user. Each user must possess admin permissions in both Buildkite and GitHub.

Using one repository in multiple pipelines and organizations

If you want to use the same repository in multiple pipelines (including pipelines in different Buildkite organizations), you need to configure a separate webhook for each pipeline. Follow the webhook setup instructions in the Buildkite UI. Buildkite shows you these instructions when you create the pipeline, but you can also find them in Pipeline > your specific pipeline > Settings > your Git service provider > your Git service provider's Setup Instructions.

If you want to integrate the same repository into multiple Buildkite organizations, you need to link each organization to GitHub using different Buildkite user accounts. You must use different user accounts because there's a one-to-one relationship between a Buildkite user and a GitHub user. The user needs admin permissions on the GitHub organization to link it to Buildkite. You can only install the Buildkite app for GitHub once per GitHub organization.

Build skipping

You may not always want to rebuild on every commit, or branch. You can configure Buildkite to ignore individual commits or branches, or to skip builds under certain conditions.