Update pull request review protection

Protected branches are available in public repositories with GitHub Free and GitHub Free for organizations, and in public and private repositories with GitHub Pro, GitHub Team, GitHub Enterprise Cloud, and GitHub Enterprise Server. For more information, see GitHub's products in the GitHub Help documentation.

Updating pull request review enforcement requires admin or owner permissions to the repository and branch protection to be enabled.

Note: Passing new arrays of users and teams replaces their previous values.

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The Protected Branches API now has a setting for requiring a specified number of approving pull request reviews before merging. This feature is currently available for developers to preview. See the blog post for full details. To access the API during the preview period, you must provide a custom media type in the Accept header:



string The token will be passed in the authorization header.



string branch+ parameter

object Specify which users and teams can dismiss pull request reviews. Pass an empty dismissal_restrictions object to disable. User and team dismissal_restrictions are only available for organization-owned repositories. Omit this parameter for personal repositories.

string[] The list of user logins with dismissal access

string[] The list of team slugs with dismissal access

boolean Set to true if you want to automatically dismiss approving reviews when someone pushes a new commit.

boolean Blocks merging pull requests until code owners have reviewed.

integer Specifies the number of reviewers required to approve pull requests. Use a number between 1 and 6.


PATCH https://api.github.com/repos///branches//protection/required_pull_request_reviews
authorization: bearer undefined
accept: application/vnd.github.v3+json
user-agent: octokit.rest
content-length: 0

Example Response

Status: 200
  "url": "https://api.github.com/repos/octocat/Hello-World/branches/master/protection/required_pull_request_reviews",
  "dismissal_restrictions": {
    "url": "https://api.github.com/repos/octocat/Hello-World/branches/master/protection/dismissal_restrictions",
    "users_url": "https://api.github.com/repos/octocat/Hello-World/branches/master/protection/dismissal_restrictions/users",
    "teams_url": "https://api.github.com/repos/octocat/Hello-World/branches/master/protection/dismissal_restrictions/teams",
    "users": [
        "login": "octocat",
        "id": 1,
        "node_id": "MDQ6VXNlcjE=",
        "avatar_url": "https://github.com/images/error/octocat_happy.gif",
        "gravatar_id": "",
        "url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat",
        "html_url": "https://github.com/octocat",
        "followers_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/followers",
        "following_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/following{/other_user}",
        "gists_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/gists{/gist_id}",
        "starred_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/starred{/owner}{/repo}",
        "subscriptions_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/subscriptions",
        "organizations_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/orgs",
        "repos_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/repos",
        "events_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/events{/privacy}",
        "received_events_url": "https://api.github.com/users/octocat/received_events",
        "type": "User",
        "site_admin": false
    "teams": [
        "id": 1,
        "node_id": "MDQ6VGVhbTE=",
        "url": "https://api.github.com/teams/1",
        "html_url": "https://github.com/orgs/github/teams/justice-league",
        "name": "Justice League",
        "slug": "justice-league",
        "description": "A great team.",
        "privacy": "closed",
        "permission": "admin",
        "members_url": "https://api.github.com/teams/1/members{/member}",
        "repositories_url": "https://api.github.com/teams/1/repos",
        "parent": null
  "dismiss_stale_reviews": true,
  "require_code_owner_reviews": true,
  "required_approving_review_count": 2

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