Last week (I think), the mark all as read button vanished from my GitHub notification page, maybe for a few days.

It eventually came back. But now, read notifications just accumulate in a dedicated read drawer and there seem to be no way of getting rid of them...

no <code>clear</code> button

What's going on with GitHub notifications this month?
Where can I find information (and motivation) about these new features?
How do I clear these notifications?

  • Sadly, the accepted answer is no longer valid. "Mark all as read" is gone, and if you don't clear notifications from a repo before it is deleted, you can't get rid of it.
    – Mark Booth
    Feb 23, 2022 at 11:39

1 Answer 1


Marking all notifications as read

  • in the upper-right corner of any page, click the bell
  • in the upper right corner of the page, click Mark all as read


To remove Read notifications you can unread them into Unread or:

  • unwatch repositories
  • leave teams
  • lock conversations
  • wait a few days until they vanish on themselves

More about notifications: https://github.blog/notifications/

GitHub changelog: https://github.blog/changelog/

Feedback links:

  • Hm, I see all this. Do you mean that the only way of clearing this new read drawer is to unwatch/leave/lock?
    – iago-lito
    Jan 18, 2019 at 9:35
  • 1
    @iago-lito as far as I know - yes
    – user0
    Jan 18, 2019 at 9:45
  • Well, okay.. I'm curious too see how far this number of read notifications will go up before we get a way to archive them or get rid of them :P Thank you for the changelog and the feedback links :)
    – iago-lito
    Jan 18, 2019 at 9:48
  • Ah, interestingly, the number seems to lower down day after day.. maybe they have some limited lifetime, yet undocumented now? :) Does this deserve an edit or another answer?
    – iago-lito
    Jan 19, 2019 at 9:05
  • @iago-lito webapps.stackexchange.com/help/someone-answers
    – user0
    Apr 8, 2019 at 12:40

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.