GitHub code scanning is a developer-first, GitHub-native approach to easily find security vulnerabilities before they reach production. We’re thrilled to announce the general availability of code scanning. You can enable it on your public repository today!

One year ago, GitHub welcomed Semmle. We’ve since worked to bring the revolutionary code analysis capabilities of its CodeQL technology to GitHub users as a native capability. At GitHub Satellite in May, we released the first beta of our native integration: code scanning. Now, thanks to the thousands of developers in the community who tested and gave feedback, we’re proud to announce that code scanning is generally available.

Code scanning helps you prevent security issues in codedesigned for developers first. Instead of overwhelming you with linting suggestions, code scanning runs only the actionable security rules by default so that you can stay focused on the task at hand.

Code scanning integrates with GitHub Actions—or your existing CI/CD environment—to maximize  flexibility for your team. It scans code as it’s created and surfaces actionable security reviews within pull requests and other GitHub experiences you use everyday, automating security as a part of your workflow. This helps ensure vulnerabilities never make it to production in the first place.

Code scanning is powered by CodeQL—the world’s most powerful code analysis engine. You can use the 2,000+ CodeQL queries created by GitHub and the community, or create custom queries to easily find and prevent new security concerns.

Built on the open SARIF standard, code scanning is extensible so you can include open source and commercial static application security testing (SAST) solutions within the same GitHub-native experience you love. You can integrate third-party scanning engines to view results from all your security tools in a single interface and also export multiple scan results through a single API. We’ll share more on our extensibility capabilities and partner ecosystem soon, so stay tuned.

Exciting results so far! less than 30% of all flaws are fixed one month after discovery.
  • We’ve had 132 community contributions to CodeQL’s open sourced query set.
  • We’ve partnered with more than a dozen open source and commercial security vendors to allow developers to run CodeQL and industry leading solutions for SAST, container scanning, and infrastructure as code validation side-by-side in GitHub’s native code scanning experience.
  • Hear from teams already using itEnable code scanning for public and private repositoriesLearn more about how to enable code scanning today.
  • For private repositories, code scanning is available to GitHub Enterprise through Advanced Security. Contact Sales to learn more.
  • For those interested in helping to secure the open source ecosystem, we also invite you to contribute to the growing list of CodeQL queries and become part of our growing security community.
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