Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
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GitHub's Free Users Will Now Be Able to Make Private Repositories

GitHub's Free Users Will Now Be Able to Make Private Repositories

These projects are typically open-source not because their authors have any particular desire to share them with the world but because GitHub gave them no choice: free GitHub accounts could only create public repositories. This means if you are working on a project with other developers and need more than 3 collaborators, you would have to get a paid account, which is now called GitHub Pro. To date, private repositories on the service required users to pay $7 a month for a personal developer account.

The significant change to GitHub announced today by CEO Nat Friedman might be the first major change since Microsoft bought the company previous year: free accounts can now create private repositories.

Finally, if you're anxious that using a free service means you're the product, you can always install GitLab for free on your own server. Based on customer feedback, unlimited free private repositories was the top-requested feature.

The company on Monday said the platform will give users of its free plan access to unlimited private repositories, which are software projects only shared with certain collaborators instead of the public.


Nat Friedman, CEO of GitHub, writes on Twitter that since its acquisition, GitHub has shipped over 125 improvements.

GitHub also announced that it's consolidated its existing products for the business under the GitHub Enterprise brand, which it will now sell as one subscription. Instead of offering GitHub Enterprise Cloud and GitHub Enterprise Service as separate services, Microsoft is rolling them into one: GitHub Enterprise.

Microsoft's acquisition of GitHub was a major play for the hearts and minds of software developers, everywhere.

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