In addition to “Download Metadata” which let’s you download all metadata of your repository backup like Issues, milestones and more, you can now also download the files of a GitHub repository backup as a ZIP archive.
The archive contains a checkout of all files from the head of your default branch in your GitHub repository. It’s much like the “Download ZIP” Button you know from GitHub.
This is especially handy if you want to quickly have a look into your files without having to restore the whole repository back to GitHub.
The next milestone for downloading backups is to let you clone the complete repository so you can access your repository at any time without having to restore it back to GitHub.