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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 following sample:

name: build

on: [push]

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

Renovate will update the commit SHA but follow the GitHub tag you specified. Renovate can update digests that use SHA1 and SHA256 algorithms.

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-20.04

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