I'm trying to fire a webhook(HTTP request) from Zapier(An If This Then That like service) when a new Github gist is posted, ie have a new gist as the trigger.

Zapier has GitHub integration, and supports webhooks, but sadly does not support gists.

I know there is a work around - create an RSS feed for the gists and use that as a trigger, but I'd prefer not having to do that.

Is there a way I can do this with Zapier, or if not, are there any other web-services/apps that have a similar functionality?

  • We we don't offer that now but we can look at it as Github offers webhooks for gists. We would use the CloudWork platform to build this integration. Could you please send more detailed requirements at info (at) cloudwork (.) com ? Thanks Christophe CloudWork
    – user33031
    Jan 16, 2013 at 17:30
  • Please be careful about posting answers like this. They could be easily mistaken for spam or self promotion.
    – ChrisF
    Jan 16, 2013 at 22:47
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    The edit was made in order to have this question be re-opened in your favour as the initial version was off topic Jan 25, 2013 at 21:13
  • @EightDaysofMalaise The edit has completely changed my question. I am not asking how to generate an rss feed for my gists. What in my question make you guys thinks I want to generate an rss feed, I cannot fathom, as I make it clear that I know I can generate an rss feed and get Zapier to do what I want, but I'd like a service that does it without needing a feed. Let me make it clear - I do not want create an rss feed for my gists. What I want is for a url to be called when I post a new gist. This is no different than ifttt tweeting everytime a new file a added on dropbox
    – elssar
    Jan 25, 2013 at 23:56
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    App recommendations are off topic but if you feel you can't make the edit to have it not be a shopping request that would help others instead of just yourself, then that is your choice to make. Jan 26, 2013 at 3:03

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Zapier co-founder here, for anyone else curious about how you might do this yourself, Github has really killer API docs which show how to use their API to read/create your gists. Its kind of annoying as you'll have to "poll" for new entries and compare them across time, but it isn't infeasible. Using a standar RSS reader like Google reader is a simple solution as you eluded to.

Further, this is a great suggestion, in fact I spent the last 30 minutes adding support for this. Its live now. If you have a Zapier account already, you'll need to add your Github account to us again to catch the new gist scope.


For convenience's sake I've even spun up a quick template that sends a POST whenever a new Gist is detected.

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    That is awesome! Thanks for the quick response, and solution
    – elssar
    Jan 20, 2013 at 13:38

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