Skip to content

Automated Dependency Updates for Github Actions

Categories: ci

Renovate supports updating Github Actions dependencies.

File Matching

By default, Renovate will check any files matching any of the following regular expressions:


For details on how to extend a manager's fileMatch value, please follow this link.

Supported datasources

This manager supports extracting the following datasources: gitea-tags, github-tags, github-runners.

Default config

  "fileMatch": [

Additional Information

The github-actions manager extracts dependencies from GitHub Actions workflow and workflow template files. It can also be used for Gitea and Forgejo Actions workflows as such are compatible with GitHub Actions workflows.

If you like to use digest pinning but want to follow the action version tag, you can use the sample below:

name: build

on: [push]

    runs-on: ubuntu-latest
      - uses: actions/checkout@3df4ab11eba7bda6032a0b82a6bb43b11571feac # v4.0.0

Renovate will update the commit SHA according to the GitHub tag you specified. Renovate can update digests that use SHA1 and SHA256 algorithms. The GitHub tag is in the format of (prefix-)(v)1.0.0, where prefix and v are optional and 1.0.0 is the version number. Here are the examples of valid GitHub tags: 1.0.1, 1.0, 1, v1.0.1, v1.0, v1, prefix-1.0.1, prefix-1.0, prefix-1, prefix-v1.0.1, prefix-v1.0, prefix-v1.

If you want to automatically pin action digests add the helpers:pinGitHubActionDigests preset to the extends array:

  "extends": ["helpers:pinGitHubActionDigests"]

Renovate ignores any GitHub runners which are configured in variables. For example, Renovate ignores the runner configured in the RUNNER variable:

name: build
on: [push]

  RUNNER: ubuntu-22.04

    runs-on: ${{ env.RUNNER }}

The github-action manager understands ratchet comments, like # ratchet:actions/checkout@v2.1.0. This means that Renovate will:

  • update the version of a pinned Ratchet version if needed
  • not delete Ratchet comments after parsing them
  • keep # ratchet:exclude comments

Open items

The below list of features and bugs were current when this page was generated on June 20, 2024.

Feature requests

  • Use gitea-refs for Gitea / ForgejoActions #28120
  • Use github-refs for GitHub Actions #28016

Bug reports

  • Keep comments like ratchet:actions/setup-java@v4 when creating PRs #28645