I am working on a medium-sized GitHub project (~10 active collaborators) and am getting flooded by tons of extraneous emails that I don't need to respond to. Ideally I'd only like to receive an email notification if someone directly @mentions me (in an issue, PR or elsewhere).

Currently this doesn't seem to be possible in GitHub's notification settings. Does anyone know of a way to "hack" this sort of functionality together (maybe using an email filter?)

  • I agree with your assessment that GitHub settings won't let you do this. An email filter will largely depend on the email client you're using.
    – ale
    Sep 22, 2016 at 12:56

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You can set GitHub to only notify you if you are directly mentioned. In your profile settings, under Notifications, make sure the setting below is checked, and uncheck all of the other notification settings:

Receive updates if you are mentioned

That way you will only be notified when you are directly mentioned.

  • Thanks. Like much of github, obscure and unintuitive ...
    – Mike Honey
    Jun 2, 2018 at 10:29
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    This does not work for "only" mentions. As stated in the text, it includes all conversations you are participating in, which includes anything you've been asked to do a review for. This doesn't match with the question that asks for a notification when only @-mentioned.
    – Rob Porter
    Jul 5, 2018 at 15:18

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