Github Actions: Getting Started Guide

Andrew Mitchell
5 min readNov 25, 2020

This was originally posted on my personal blog so if you found this post useful (or you like better syntax highlighting) and would like read others like it, go check it out!


Hello again! Today I’m going to get you started using Github Actions. Github Actions are an absolutely amazing resource for helping developers perform mundane tasks automatically. If you have never setup CI/CD systems before and want to get started, there is no better way than with Github Actions. So, let’s get started!

Github Actions Pricing

TLDR; It’s free for public repos and really reasonable for private repos with a very generous free tier! (2000 minutes free)

So, let’s talk pricing first since you don’t want to read a tutorial about some great product that you can’t afford. Luckily for you Github Actions Pricing is very affordable and by affordable I mean basically free for most users (I personally haven’t payed a dime) and still pretty cost-effective for larger teams and organizations. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Their pricing page is super straightforward and gives a really solid outline of how the tiered system works.



Andrew Mitchell

Software Engineer, GraphQL Enthusiast, Typescript Evangelist, Coding Addict.