Mintlify integrates with the GitHub API, enabling synchronization between your docs and your GitHub repository. This integration is made possible through the utilization of GitHub Apps.


To begin, you need to install the Mintlify GitHub App into the GitHub account where your docs repo resides. Installing a GitHub App requires either organization ownership or admin permissions in a repository. If you lack the necessary permissions, the repository owner will need to approve the request. You can access the installation page by logging into the Mintlify dashboard.

For GitHub Apps, you can choose to only give permissions to a single repository. We highly recommend you do so as we only need access to the repository where your docs are hosted.


During the installation of our GitHub app, you will be prompted to grant certain permissions:

  • Read and write access to checks, contents, deployments, pull requests, and workflows

These permissions are leveraged to provide a seamless experience when managing your docs.

When you make a commit to the branch you configured as your docs deployment branch, we fetch the contents of the files changed to update your docs. To accomplish this we need read access to your contents.

When pull requests are created we create a check and preview deployment which is why we need write access to checks and deployments.

Inside the Mintlify web editor, Mintlify works on your behalf to create branches and pull requests which is why we need write access to pull requests and workflows.

If you are concerned about the write permissions, the GitHub App will only have access to the repos you give it access to and if you have branch protections on it cannot push directly to your branches - it abides by your branch protection rules.

Repositories Installations

When installing our GitHub app, you will be prompted to select all repositories or a subset of them. This selection can be changed at any time by going to the GitHub app settings.