Github features you might not know about. Don't miss out

Github features you might not know about. Don't miss out


Hello everyone,

Did you make a lot of GitHub commits lately? πŸ˜ƒ

​ Today, I want to share with you some new features, I'd even date to call them "hacks", that you try out.

I'm sure you're familiar with GitHub, but there are a few features that you might have missed. Let's explore them together.

πŸ‘‰ VSCode in Browser

Browsing repositories isn't convenient with a standard GitHub interface. How about opening that repo in VSCode without cloning or downloading anything? 😺

That'll offer effortless navigation.

How to do that?

There are typically three ways, but the last one has my preference. πŸ‘‡

πŸ”· Replace the URL with​

πŸ”· Change to URL

πŸ”· Simply press . (dot) key on your keyboard

Incredible, isn't it? 😍

πŸ‘‰ URL Shortener

Don't want to share a relatively long URL?

Well, that's where the GitHub featured URL shortener comes in. is your answer.

πŸ‘‰ Shortcuts

GitHub provides a good number of shortcuts to help manageable access.

The good news is you don't necessarily have to remember them. πŸ˜„

Press the ? on your keyboard to see the particular listing of shortcuts for that specific page.


πŸ‘‰ Skyline

Made with love, Skyline is a free 3D model view of your GitHub contribution graph. You can share it or even print it for yourself.

Head over to to glimpse your glorious graph right away.


πŸ‘‰ Colors

Documentation is a good habit; making it look elegant is even better. You may need to specify some color codes in your markdown file, which can be combined with this hack of GitHub to render a visual appearance of color code.

Place the hex color code in backticksβ€” #ff00ff to render a tile in that color. Hexcellent, isn't it?


That's it for today. Don't forget to try these features out.

Special credit does to Adrian.

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