I have started using GitHub Actions for CI for my newer open source projects. I recently setup Danger for the first time on GitHub Actions and it was quite easy. Here is how to do it.

You will need to follow Danger’s Getting Set Up guide, which involves creating a bot account and adding a new personal access token for it. After that, you will need to navigate to Settings > Secrets for your repo on GitHub, and add the personal access token you created as the value of the secret and name it DANGER_GITHUB_API_TOKEN. Technically, you could name this differently, but I think this is easiest to use this name to remember its purpose.

With the setup complete, all you need to do is implement your workflow. Here is a template you can use for iOS or macOS projects, but with a few tweaks this can be used for any project.

name: Danger

    types: [synchronize, opened, reopened, labeled, unlabeled, edited]

  DEVELOPER_DIR: /Applications/Xcode_13.2.1.app/Contents/Developer

    name: Review, Lint, Verify
    runs-on: macOS-latest
      - name: git checkout
        uses: actions/checkout@v3

      - name: ruby versions
        run: |
          ruby --version
          gem --version
          bundler --version

      - name: ruby setup
        uses: ruby/setup-ruby@v1
          ruby-version: 2.7
          bundler-cache: true

      # additional steps here, if needed

      - name: danger
        run: bundle exec danger --verbose

This workflow will only be triggered on pull requests, which is convenient. The first four steps are just boilerplate for checking out the repo and setting up ruby. The final step executes danger and makes use of the DANGER_GITHUB_API_TOKEN secret that you created.

If your Dangerfile does not require any additional data, you can use this workflow as-is. Otherwise, you can add additional steps after the ruby setup step and before the danger step. For example, suppose you need access to xcodebuild output for a specific Danger plugin, you can add a step that builds your project. For non-Xcode projects, the same applies. Add any additional steps you need before danger is called.

Update 28 March 2022

This workflow has been updated to reflect various changes and improvements to GitHub Actions, namely by using the more modern approach to setting up ruby and caching gems.