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The repository that I am looking at has a great number of issues that I would like to read but it's not manageable while scrolling in GitHub interace. Is there an option to export or print a full list of issues for a repository?

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There is an Issues API. To get all issues from a repo, you can use cURL:

curl -i

This returns a JSON encoded list of all issues. And …

curl -i

… returns all open issues. Now you just have to convert the JSON to CSV and you are set.

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Thank you very much for drawing attention to existing GitHub API. – Deer Hunter Jun 15 '13 at 21:42
If the repository is private or you have 2-factor auth enabled, you can still get to this easily by going into Github and creating an application token, and using it like this: curl -X GET -u yourapplicationtoken:x-oauth-basic – Unixmonkey Jan 8 at 16:16

You can issue hub command for that.

  1. Clone the repo.
  2. Install hub.
  3. Run: hub issue in your repo directory to list the open issues (it's in Markdown format).

Other alternative is to use some tools such as: IssuesDownload (Java app),, etc.

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