Configure code repository scanning

Prisma Cloud can scan GitHub repositories and identify vulnerabilities in your software’s dependencies. Modern apps are increasingly composed of external, open-source dependencies, so it’s important to give developers tools to assess those components early in the development lifecycle. Repository scanning gives you early insight into the software as it’s being developed, and long before apps are packaged (e.g. as a container) and deployed by CI/CD pipelines.
Currently, Prisma Cloud supports Python, Java, and JavaScript (Node.js).


Prisma Cloud authenticates with the GitHub API using user-generated API tokens. The following scopes are required for scanning private repos. Prisma Cloud doesn’t modify or write to your repos.
  • repo — Full control of private repositories
    • repo:status — Access commit status
    • repo_deployment — Access deployment status
    • public_repo — Access public repositories
    • repo:invite — Access repository invitations
    • security_events — Read and write security events
If you’re scanning public repos only, select just the public_repo scope. The benefit of creating an access token for scanning public repos is that GitHub grants you a higher rate limit to their API, which Prisma Cloud utilizes for scanning.


Prisma Cloud selects the repositories to scan according to a user-defined scope. For example, you might want to scan all repositories in your organization or just a subset of them. For each repo in scope, Prisma Cloud searches for well-known package manifest files, and enumerates the dependencies listed in them. Those dependencies are assessed against the latest threat data in the Intelligence Stream.
Code repository scans are handled by Console.
The following table lists the manifest files known to the scanner.
Package manager
File name
Java (Gradle)
build.gradle, build.gradle.kts,
Java (Maven)
JavaScript (NPM)
package.json, package-lock.json, npm-shrinkwrap.json, bower.json
Python (pip)
Finally, Prisma Cloud can continuously monitor your code repositories for vulnerabilities by rescanning on every push event. Prisma Cloud integrates with GitHub using webhooks, which notify the scanner when there are changes in the repository.
Prisma Cloud uses the GitHub API. The GitHub API is rate-limited. For unauthenticated requests, which can be used to scan public repositories, the cap is very low (60 requests/hour). Here the rate limit is gauged by IP address. For authenticated requests, which can scan either public or private repositories, the cap is 5000 requests/hour. Here the rate limit is gauged per account.

Set up your credentials

Generate a personal access token in GitHub, and then save it in the Prisma Cloud Credentials Store so that the scanner can access your repositories for scanning.
  1. Generate a GitHub access token.
    1. Log into your GitHub account.
    2. Go to
      Settings > Developer Settings > Personal access tokens
    3. Click
      Generate new token
    4. Set the scope to
      If you’re scanning public repos only, select just the
    5. Click
      Generate token
      . If your account requires SSO, enable it.
    6. Copy the generated token.
  2. Save the token in Prisma Cloud’s credentials store.
    1. Log into Prisma Cloud Console.
    2. Go to
      Manage > Authentication > Credentials Store
    3. Click
      Add Credential
    4. Enter a
      for the credential.
    5. In
      , select 'GitHub Cloud' or 'GitHub Enterprise Server' access token.
      For GitHub Enterprise Server, specify the Server URL. If you use a self-signed certificate, specify it, or choose 'Skip Verify' to skip certificate validation.
    6. In
      Access Token
      , paste the access token you generated in GitHub.
    7. Click

Configure the repos to scan

Specify the repositories to scan. If your repository specifies dependencies in non-standard package manifest files, specify them here so the scanner can parse them. If there are manifests the scanner should ignore, specify them here as well.
  1. Open Console.
  2. Go to
    Defend > Vulnerabilities > Code Repositories
  3. Click
    Add Scope
    . If this is your first repository, click
    Add the first item
    Each scope spec has the following parameters:
    Select the appropriate GitHub deployment. GitHub Cloud and GitHub Enterprise are currently the only supported providers.