2 min read | by Jordi Prats
GitHub's CodeOwners file is a tool that helps teams manage and maintain their repositories more effectively when the repository is co-owned by multiple teams. The file allows you to assign code ownership to teams or specific individuals. This will make them responsible for reviewing and approving changes to the code.
To set it up we will need to be have either admin or owner permissions in the repository. The people (or teams) we choose as code owners must have write permissions for the repository. It's worth emphasizing that we'll need to give write permissions to the teams we use, even if all the individual members of the team already have write permissions directly, through organization membership, or through another team membership.
The CODEOWNERS file itself is a plain text file, typically located in the root of a repository or the .github folder. Each file assigns the permissions for a specific branch, making it possible to set different code owners depending on the branch.
A CODEOWNERS file would look like this:
Having this file in shared repositories will help teams ensure that changes to the code are reviewed by the appropriate individuals, and that responsibilities are distributed effectively within the organization.
Posted on 02/02/2023