GitHub is now free for teams

Joanna Estrada
April 15, 2020

After bringing unlimited private repositories to free users a year ago, GitHub has now announced that it is making private repositories with unlimited collaborators available to all of its users. This means teams can now manage their work together in one place: CI/CD, project management, code review, packages, and more.

And even if you do need those advanced features, GitHub is actually cutting the price of its Team plan today as well.

It's important to note that only one GitHub tier is now free - other plans and features will still need to be paid for, including the "Enterprise" and GitHub One tiers.

"Every developer on earth should have access to GitHub".

The platform still isn't completely free, though, as some of the more advanced, enterprise-grade features it offers, such as Security Assertion Markup Language, can be accessed only by paid subscribers.

We're also reducing the price of our paid Team plan from $9 per user/month to $4 per user/month, effective immediately.

There was a small catch, though: these free private repositories were limited to having only three collaborators, which was a major problem for larger teams.

GitHub has always been free to use, but nonpaying customers could only store their code in a public repository that's accessible to everyone. Any organization that was previously using Team for Open Source will now have GitHub Free.

"Allowing free usage for collaborators is a key move to help build applications with teams, and the move supports modern software development", Mueller said.

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