Alternatives

Before diving in and spitting out this package I looked at the alternatives below. If I have missed something please drop me a mail.

Both the ghi and github-cli packages listed below are very useful, and quite usable, clients for GitHub issues. You should definitely try them out before making a decision on what to use, and this would also allow you to highlight any possible bias I may have shown in comparing them ;)

ghi

ghi is a great issues client, written in Ruby.

I personally didn’t like the “feel” of the command line interface, and wanted slightly different output.

hubugs provides the following advantages:

  • Easily customisable output
  • On-disk cache support

and has the following disadvantages:

  • hubugs requires a significant number of external packages, which may be a problem for some users

github-cli

github-cli is a fantastic command-line client for GitHub’s issues, written in Python. I really liked github-cli to the extent of authoring a few patches, but just didn’t find it comfortable to use in the long run [1].

hubugs provides the following advantages:

  • Easily customisable output
  • HTTP compression support
  • On-disk cache support
  • Pull request integration
  • Uses the same method as git for choosing an editor to use, which will only affect you if you a custom editor for interacting with git

and has the following disadvantages:

  • hubugs requires a significant number of external packages, which may be a problem for some users
[1]If you look at the timeline for the hubugs repository and my github-cli fork you’ll see I was using github-cli for a few months after spiking hubugs.