When looking at a commit in GitHub, I want to see the value of the "Author" field in the commit. As far as I can tell, GitHub will only show me the GitHub username. Too see the author field, I need to fetch the commit and look at it locally, which is kind of annoying.

For instance, see this link:

You can see my GitHub username "gbirchmeier", but I want to see the values that I configured via user.name and user.email when I committed.

  • Github doesn't publish that information, so not possible for now Nov 7, 2014 at 20:14

3 Answers 3


While not possible directly in the UI, it's only one click from there: Just click patch and have a look at the From: line at the top.

click patch look for From:

A blog post with more detailed instructions is available here.


Github uses email address to link username to a commit as mentioned here

GitHub uses the email address in the commit header to link the commit to a GitHub user.

Hence not possible to see values configured via user.name


It does not seem possible on the GitHub web UI.

One good possibility if you don't want to clone (that looks like a large one...), is to use https://www.githubarchive.org/ which exports to Google BigQuery with the query:

SELECT payload_commit_name, payload_commit_email
FROM [githubarchive:github.timeline]
WHERE payload_commit_id = 'b23261bdcda2d62fa8738f88bff8b6819df1f93a'

If you are interested in mass email scraping, see https://stackoverflow.com/a/32456486/895245

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