Protected Branches API Preview Period

UPDATE (2016-06-27): As announced, there is an extended version of the protected branches API available. This older version will be removed once the new one becomes official.

We're starting a preview period for the protected branches API. Protecting a branch prevents force-pushes to it as well as deleting it. You can also specify required status checks that are required to merge code into the branch.

To protect a branch, make a PATCH request to the URL of the branch:

curl "" \
  -H 'Authorization: token TOKEN' \
  -H "Accept: application/vnd.github.loki-preview" \
  -d '{
    "protection": {
      "enabled": true,
      "required_status_checks": {
        "enforcement_level": "everyone",
        "contexts": [

How can I try it?

To access this functionality during the preview period, you’ll need to provide the following custom media type in the Accept header:


Take a look at the docs here.

If you have any questions, please get in touch.