Dynamic Twitter header images with Dynacover GitHub Action!

Dynamic Twitter header images with Dynacover GitHub Action!

Posted 2 weeks ago in

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Earlier this year, I've built a command-line application to generate dynamic Twitter header images showing latest followers and GitHub sponsors, called Dynacover. I shared the full tutorial on how I built this here on DEV.

screenshot showing the dynamic header image on my Twitter profile

With the GitHub Actions Hackaton coming up, and considering it's also possible to run GH Actions on schedule, I thought it would be a very interesting challenge to containerize this application and package it as a GH Action. It took me a couple weeks to figure out how to optimize the build and how to allow users to customize their banner templates, but today I was finally able to wrap everything up.

The Dynacover GitHub Action is now published to the Marketplace and can be used by anyone with a GitHub account.

The action files are available in this repository:

erikaheidi/dynacover-actions

Submission Category:

Wacky Wildcards

Yaml File or Link to Code

You'll need to set up your Twitter API credentials and user tokens using repository secrets, on the same repository you set up your action workflow. The GitHub token is optional, only required if you want to use one of the covers that showcase GitHub Sponsors.

Secrets

  • DYNA_TWITTER_KEY: your Twitter application consumer key or App Key.
  • DYNA_TWITTER_SECRET: your Twitter application consumer secret or App Secret.
  • DYNA_TWITTER_TOKEN: your personal user token.
  • DYNA_TWITTER_TOKEN_SECRET: your personal user token secret.
  • DYNA_GITHUB_TOKEN (optional): your GitHub personal token (for pulling GitHub Sponsors).
name: Update Twitter Header Image with Dynacover
on:
  schedule:
    - cron: "0 * * * *"
  workflow_dispatch:
jobs:
  main:
    runs-on: ubuntu-latest
    steps:
      - uses: actions/checkout@v2
        with:
          path: 'dynacover_custom'
      - name: 'Update Dynacover image and upload to Twitter'
        uses: erikaheidi/dynacover-actions@v4.2
        env:
          # Uncomment and change accordingly to customize your cover
          #DYNA_DEFAULT_TEMPLATE: dynacover.json
          #DYNA_TEMPLATES_DIR: ${{ github.workspace }}/dynacover_custom
          #DYNA_IMAGES_DIR: ${{ github.workspace }}/dynacover_custom
          DYNA_TWITTER_KEY: ${{ secrets.TW_CONSUMER_KEY }}
          DYNA_TWITTER_SECRET: ${{ secrets.TW_CONSUMER_SECRET }}
          DYNA_TWITTER_TOKEN: ${{ secrets.TW_USER_TOKEN }}
          DYNA_TWITTER_TOKEN_SECRET: ${{ secrets.TW_USER_TOKEN_SECRET }}
          DYNA_GITHUB_TOKEN: ${{ secrets.DYNA_GITHUB_TOKEN }}

Additional Resources / Info

For a detailed step by step guide on how to set this up, check out this Dynacover wiki page. You can set up your workflow using the GitHub web interface, no coding needed!

To see this workflow in action using a custom template and cover, check my own erikaheidi/github-actions repository, where I have my own Dynacover set up.