Explain GitHub Repo

Adds a GitHub button that asks OpenAI to read the code in a repo and explain it

by @pixies


How to Use

Ever visited a GitHub repo and wished you had an explanation of the code? This mod adds a button to any GitHub repo page, allowing you to do just that! You can run it from a specific page or the root level of the repo.


Activate the Mod

  1. Activate this mod by clicking this link or by clicking the purple Activate button in the top corner above the gif ^^.
  2. No need to configure an OpenAI integration— you can use ours! (Unless you'd like to configure you're own.)
  3. Click the purple 🪄 Finish Activating button.

Need help? Head over to the Slack community or shoot an email to Pixie Britt.

Try it Out

  1. Head to a GitHub repo, like ours!
  2. Click the Explain the Code button at the end of the top row of repo settings.
    button on GitHub action toolbar that says explain the code
  3. An alert shows that OpenAI is analyzing the repo. This could take a full minute, depending on how much code to analyze, so don't worry if nothing appears immediately.
  4. A sidebar appears with a detailed explanation of what the code in that repo is doing.
    sidebar with description of code


  • Didn't appear right away? Depending on how much code is being analyzed, it can take OpenAI several seconds to analyze the code and respond. Make sure you give it a full minute or two after clicking the button
  • Need to use your own OpenAI integration?
  • Can't read the repo? Make sure the repo is public. GitHub can't read URLs that are gated behind logins. Not sure if a repo is public? Check if it has a public tag next to the repo name at the top, like this!
    GitHub repo name and public tag

Endless Possibilities

This is just the beginning! Once you activate your mod, the possibilities are endless. With PixieBrix, you can customize any mod to meet your needs or even build something entirely new. If you run into any trouble, need friendly support, or want to share your creations with the world, join our PixieBrix Slack Community.

Credit to Ben Tossell for the prompt idea!

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