After having applied this solution, I noticed I got rate limiting after calling the function 5 times in a span of +-3 minutes. I expect this may have been because someone in the location/ip in which I was testing the function, was already consuming some of the API bandwith. So I added a personal access token to the API call to overcome the API rate limiting.
However, this check is used in an installation script in that does not have access to a GitHub personal access token. Hence, I would like to use a more robust check on whether a GitHub repository exists. I think this is possible, because regardless of the API rate-limiting, I am able to go to the website (https://www.github.com/some_github_user/some_github_repository) and see whether the repository exists.
Hence, I would like to ask, how can one check if a public GitHub repository exists, without using the GitHub API, in bash?
Just try to fetch the main repository page using
curl with the
--fail option (which causes
curl to return an error code in response to HTTP errors):
if curl --silent --fail https://github.com/someperson/somerepo; then echo repository exists else echo repository does not exist fi
As pointed out in comments, this will only work for public repositories; access a private repository without authentication behaves the same as an attempt to access a repository that does not exist.