- Open source.
- No tracking, no ads, always free.
- No database needed. All data is stored in GitHub Discussions.
- Supports custom themes!
- Supports multiple languages.
- Extensively configurable.
- Automatically fetches new comments and edits from GitHub.
- Can be self-hosted!
giscus is still under active development. GitHub is also still actively developing Discussions and its API. Thus, some features of giscus may break or change over time.
How it works
When giscus loads, the GitHub Discussions search API is used to find the Discussion associated with the page based on a chosen mapping (URL,
<title>, etc.). If a matching discussion cannot be found, the giscus bot will automatically create a discussion the first time someone leaves a comment or reaction.
To comment, visitors must authorize the giscus app to post on their behalf using the GitHub OAuth flow. Alternatively, visitors can comment on the GitHub Discussion directly. You can moderate the comments on GitHub.
Choose the language giscus will be displayed in. Can't find your language? Contribute a localization.
Choose the repository giscus will connect to. Make sure that:
- The repository is public, otherwise visitors will not be able to view the discussion.
- The giscus app is installed, otherwise visitors will not be able to comment and react.
- The Discussions feature is turned on by enabling it for your repository.
Page ↔️ Discussions Mapping
Choose the mapping between the embedding page and the embedded discussion.
Choose the discussion category where new discussions will be created. It is recommended to use a category with the Announcements type so that new discussions can only be created by maintainers and giscus.
When searching for a matching discussion, giscus will only search in this category.
Choose whether specific features should be enabled.
The reactions for the discussion's main post will be shown before the comments.
Discussion metadata will be sent periodically to the parent window (the embedding page). For demonstration, enable this option and open your browser's console on this page. See the documentation for more details.
The comment input box will be placed above the comments, so that users can leave a comment without scrolling to the bottom of the discussion.
Loading of the comments will be deferred until the user scrolls near the comments container. This is done by adding
loading="lazy" to the
Choose a theme that matches your website. Can't find one that does? Contribute a new theme.
Add the following
<script> tag to your website's template where you want the comments to appear. If an element with the class
giscus exists, the comments will be placed there instead.
<script src="/client.js" data-repo="[ENTER REPO HERE]" data-repo-id="[ENTER REPO ID HERE]" data-category="[ENTER CATEGORY NAME HERE]" data-category-id="[ENTER CATEGORY ID HERE]" data-mapping="pathname" data-reactions-enabled="1" data-emit-metadata="0" data-input-position="bottom" data-theme="light" data-lang="en" crossorigin="anonymous" async> </script>
You can customize the container layout using the
.giscus-frame selectors from the embedding page.
You can add additional configurations (e.g. allowing specific origins) by following the advanced usage guide.
To use giscus with React, Vue, or Svelte, check out the giscus component library.
If you've previously used other systems that utilize GitHub Issues (e.g. utterances, gitalk), you can convert the existing issues into discussions. After the conversion, just make sure that the mapping between the discussion titles and the pages are correct, then giscus will automatically use the discussions.
Sites using giscus