GitHub is one of the best tools for building software. That’s great if you’re a developer, but not so much if you’re literally anyone else. If your team is using Notion to manage their projects and report on their work, then having to take the occasional dip into GitHub to check in on development work can be a serious headache. Thankfully, there’s more than one way to send that development work to Notion, so you can check it out without leaving your tool of choice.
One method uses a little-known Notion feature, while the other depends on a little help from Unito. Here’s a guide to both.
First method: sync GitHub with Notion using synced databases
Notion’s connections are essentially built-in integrations that let you pair Notion pages with other tools to simplify your workflows across teams. Basic connections create individual, read-only copies of work items from other tools, giving you a quick glance at work happening in other tools. But synced databases — currently available for GitHub and Jira — push this to new heights.
With a synced database, you can bring all GitHub issues or pull requests from a GitHub repository into Notion in just a few clicks. That means you can potentially keep track of an entire development project without leaving Notion. Here’s how it’s done.
First, create a blank Notion page that’ll hold your synced database.
Next, you’ll have to authorize GitHub in Notion. Go to the sidebar and click Settings & Members.
From there, go to My connections.
Find GitHub and click Connect.
You’ll get this screen from GitHub. Log in and authorize the connection.
Now for the main event. Go to your GitHub repository, find the link for the pull requests or issues you want to sync. Copy it…
…and paste it into your Notion page. Make sure to click Paste as database.
And with that, you’ve just created your first synced database! Work items from GitHub will sync into Notion automatically, and you can open them up just like any other Notion page.
Limitations of this method
Being able to copy and paste your repository link right into Notion is about as simple as an integration can get. But is that simplicity purely a strength? Or does it come with some hidden limitations? Here are a few things to keep in mind when working with synced databases:
- They’re read-only: If you want to make changes to your GitHub work items from Notion, you might be disappointed. Your synced databases can give you a glimpse into a GitHub repository; they won’t allow you to make any edits.
- They’re only free to a point: Are you paying for your Notion plan? Because if you’re not, your account is limited to a single synced database.
- They only work for a few tools: Currently, synced databases are only available with GitHub, Jira, and Asana. So if you use any other tools, you’re out of luck.
Creating a synced database can be done in just a few minutes, but that doesn’t necessarily make it the best solution. Thankfully, there’s another way.
Second method: sync GitHub and Notion with Unito
Unito is a no-code workflow management solution with the deepest two-way integrations for some of the most popular tools on the market, including Notion, GitHub, Jira, Trello, and more. With a Unito flow, you can automatically sync GitHub work items (issues or pull requests) to a Notion database and edit them in both tools. Here are a few reasons why Unito is the best way to sync GitHub and Notion:
- It’s a true two-way sync: Want to make changes to a GitHub issue from Notion? You can do that with a Unito flow or make a read-only view. It’s up to you.
- You don’t need to pay for Notion: Whether it’s a tool you only use some of the time or it’s part of your personal tool stack, you don’t need a paid Notion account to use Unito.
- It works with all your tools: Want to sync GitHub issues to Jira? Export Google Sheets to Notion? Pull data from Asana into GitHub? With Unito’s full range of integrations, the sky’s the limit.
How does it work? When you connect GitHub repositories with Notion databases using a Unito flow, your GitHub work items become pages in Notion, keeping everything in sync. And because this works in both directions, you can make changes in both tools.
Here’s how easy it is to sync GitHub work items with Notion.
- Connect your GitHub and Notion accounts to Unito.
Pick the GitHub repository and Notion database you need to sync.
- Want to sync everything or just a few work items?
Use rules to filter out the GitHub items you don’t want synced.
- Next, map your fields together so all your data goes to the right place.
Unito can usually map most of these automatically, but it’s a good idea to review them.
And that’s it! Now just launch your flow and watch as GitHub work items are automatically synced to your Notion database.
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