GitHub Special Repository, The Public Profile Readme
You might have noticed on twitter recently that people are tweeting that they’ve found a GitHub secret.
🔒"You found a secret!"— /dev/caneco (@Caneco) July 4, 2020
Apparently `yourhandle/yourhandle` is a ✨special ✨ repository that you can use to add a https://t.co/vN1U0KwWlX to your GitHub profile. 🤭 pic.twitter.com/60MQs0GagT
Let’s explore creating this secret, and see what it entails!
Creating the Repository
To start off with we need to head over to github.com/new to create a new repository, the trick here is to have the Repository name the same as the Owner. In my case my owner is
kevbite so my repository name is
kevbite. Once you’ve got the name correct you’ll get a informational message telling you this is a special repository.
Editing the Readme
Once the repository is created you’ll be presented with your
README.md file which contains a sample message of
Hi there 👋
Here is we click the green Edit README button we can change what our readme says.
Once you’re in the edit file page you can start to edit your own readme file, note that this file is markdown so you can use lots of different styling and even images. Here you can see that I’ve created a few markdown hyperlinks.
There’s loads of Markdown Cheatsheets on the internet to help you write markdown, you can even use visual studio code.
Once we’re happy with our readme file we can preview what it looks like before saving it.
Check Out Your Profile!
Once we’ve saved the file, go back to your profile overview and you’ll see you’re lovely new readme!
What does your profile overview look like? ☺