github action ... doctl apps update fails with GitHub user not authenticated


I have actions working with doctl.

        name: Development App Stack
        runs-on: ubuntu-latest
        timeout-minutes: 10
          - name: install-doctl
            uses: digitalocean/action-doctl@v2
              token: ${{ secrets.DO_TOKEN }}
          - name: get-app
             run: doctl apps get <DO app id>
          - name: update-app
             run: doctl apps update <DO app id> --spec "<yaml file in github repo>" --access-token ${{ secrets.DO_TOKEN }}


  • install-doctl WORKS
  • get-app WORKS
  • update-app FAILS


Error: PUT<DO app id>: 400 (request "aaaa...") 
**GitHub user not authenticated**

I am fairly sure this is the REST API refusing even though I am passing the same token I used to get-app.

What is the REST API expecting?


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Bobby Iliev
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October 17, 2023

Hi there,

As you are able to run the doctl apps get <DO app id> command but not the update command, I could suggest making sure that your DigitalOcean API token has both read and write access.

If this is already the case, when using the same token, are you able to run the doctl apps update <DO app id> --spec "<yaml-file>" --access-token ${{ secrets.DO_TOKEN }} command locally and does it complete successfully when executed locally?

The error that you are seeing could also be due to the lack of permissions to the GitHub repository itself, you need to make sure that the DigitalOcean App Platform has the necessary permissions to access your GitHub repository. This usually requires connecting your GitHub account to DigitalOcean and granting repository access. If you’ve made changes to the permissions or revoked access, you might encounter such errors.

Let me know how it goes!



Never mind … figured it out. This was caused by not having digitalocean installed in my github account.

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