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Github Awesome Autocomplete browser extension for Chrome and Firefox

By working every day on building the best search engine, we’ve become obsessed with our own search experience on the websites and mobile applications we use.

We’re git addicts and love using GitHub to store every single idea or project we work on. We use it both for our private and public repositories (12 API clientsHN Search or various d e m o s). We use every day its search function and we decided to re-build it the way we thought it should be.  We’re proud to share it with the community via this Chrome extension. Our Github Awesome Autocomplete enables a seamless and fast access to GitHub resources via an as-you-type search functionality.

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Github Awesome Autocomplete Algolia Search


The Chrome extension replaces GitHub’s search bar and add autocomplete capabilities on:
  • top public repositories
  • last active users
  • your own private repositories (this one is done locally in JavaScript without Algolia: the list of private repositories remains locally in your browser)

How does it work?

We continuously retrieve the most watched repositories and the last active users using GitHub Archive dataset. Users and repositories are stored in 2 Algolia indices: users and repositories. The queries are performed using our JavaScript API client and the autocomplete menu is based on Twitter’s typeahead.js library.
The underlying Algolia account is replicated in 6 regions using our DSN feature, answering every query in 50-100ms wherever you are (network latency included!). Regions include US West, US East, Europe, Singapore, Australia & India.

Exporting the records from GitHub Archive

We used GitHub’s Archive dataset to export top repositories and last active users using Google’s BigQuery:

;; export repositories
  a.repository_name as name,
  a.repository_owner as owner,
  a.repository_description as description,
  a.repository_organization as organization,
  a.repository_watchers AS watchers,
  a.repository_forks AS forks,
  a.repository_language as language
FROM [githubarchive:github.timeline] a
     SELECT MAX(created_at) as max_created, repository_url
     FROM [githubarchive:github.timeline]
     GROUP EACH BY repository_url
  ) b
  b.max_created = a.created_at and
  b.repository_url = a.repository_url

;; export users
  a.actor_attributes_login as login,
  a.actor_attributes_name as name,
  a.actor_attributes_company as company,
  a.actor_attributes_location as location,
  a.actor_attributes_blog AS blog,
  a.actor_attributes_email AS email
FROM [githubarchive:github.timeline] a
     SELECT MAX(created_at) as max_created, actor_attributes_login
     FROM [githubarchive:github.timeline]
     GROUP EACH BY actor_attributes_login
  ) b
  b.max_created = a.created_at and
  b.actor_attributes_login = a.actor_attributes_login


Configuring Algolia indices

Here are the 2 index configurations we used to build the search:



Want to contribute?

It’s open-source and we’ll be happy to get your feedback! Just use GitHub’s issues to report any idea you have in mind. We also love pull-requests 🙂

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Sylvain Utard

VP of Engineering


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