GitHub Actions

Using Turborepo with GitHub Actions

The following example shows how to use Turborepo with GitHub Actions.

For a given root package.json:

  "name": "my-turborepo",
  "scripts": {
    "build": "turbo run build",
    "test": "turbo run test"
  "devDependencies": {
    "turbo": "1.2.5"

And a turbo.json:

  "$schema": "",
  "baseBranch": "origin/main",
  "pipeline": {
    "build": {
      "dependsOn": ["^build"],
      "outputs": []
    "test": {
      "dependsOn": ["^build"],
      "outputs": []

Create file called .github/workflows/ci.yml in your repository with the following contents:

Remote Caching

To use Remote Caching with GitHub Actions, add the following environment variables to your GitHub Actions workflow to make them available to your turbo commands.

  • TURBO_TOKEN - The Bearer token to access the Remote Cache
  • TURBO_TEAM - The account to which the monorepo belongs

To use Vercel Remote Caching, you can get the value of these variables in a few steps:

  1. Create a Scoped Access Token to your account in the Vercel Dashboard

Vercel Access Tokens Vercel Access Tokens

Copy the value to a safe place. You'll need it in a moment.

  1. Go to your GitHub repository settings and click on the Secrets and then Actions tab. Create a new secret called TURBO_TOKEN and enter the value of your Scoped Access Token.

GitHub Secrets GitHub Secrets Create

  1. Make a second secret called TURBO_TEAM and enter the value of your team's Vercel URL (or if you're on Hobby, your personal URL works as well). Do not include the part, only the slug.

Vercel Account Slug

  1. At the top of your GitHub Actions workflow, provide the following environment variables to jobs that use turbo:
# ...

      name: Build and Test
      timeout-minutes: 15
      runs-on: ${{ matrix.os }}
      # To use Turborepo Remote Caching, set the following environment variables for the job.
        TURBO_TOKEN: ${{ secrets.TURBO_TOKEN }}
        TURBO_TEAM: ${{ secrets.TURBO_TEAM }}
          os: [ubuntu-latest, macos-latest]

        - name: Check out code
          uses: actions/checkout@v2
            fetch-depth: 2
      # ...
Last updated on May 18, 2022