When I click on a project with a lot of forks, I see the following message:

Couldn't load network graph.

Too many forks to display.

Example: https://github.com/odoo/odoo/network

What to do when this is displayed? How can I see the forks of a project when it's hosted on GitHub and there are too many to list according to the network graph?

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Update 02 March 2021

The app below is no longer available and the domain redirects to some spam site. It served me well for 5 years.

Original answer:

I just stumbled across an app called Stargazers forks (link removed) which lets you see all the forked versions of a repo regardless of how many forks there are. You can sort by number of issues, stars, or last updated.

  • Very useful, thanks! I use the Lovely forks browser extension to see the one most popular fork when I visit a repo, but yannick's site is good for browsing the complete list. Commented Nov 12, 2018 at 3:03

If GitHub won't show you the network graph because there are too many forks, try the Members tab instead.

You may still get the following warning:

Woah, this network is huge! We're showing only some of this network's repositories.

but at least you'll be able to see some of the forks.

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    Alright, but this seems to be a limitation of github somehow i.e. to see "some of the forks" is not the same as seeing them all :) Up-voting for the recommendation, though.
    – Meetai.com
    Commented Apr 24, 2015 at 23:49

Also you can use GitHub API ( https://developer.github.com/v3 ) and parse JSON in any language to filter data ( only names and links to forks )


In response headers you can find next pages

Link:"<https://api.github.com/repositories/19745004/forks?page=2>; rel="next", <https://api.github.com/repositories/19745004/forks?page=122>; rel="last""

I usually use this web to find the forks of a GitHub project. Hope it helps! https://techgaun.github.io/active-forks/index.html

Edit: Just open this URL and paste there the GitHub repo URL from which you want to see the active forks. It is very straight forward.

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