GitHub offers private repositories to free users

Donna Miller
January 8, 2019

GitHub, the code storage and developer data gold mine acquired by Microsoft a year ago, has lowered the price it charges for private repositories from $7 per month to zero.

Fortunately, that's no longer the case, as GitHub today announced it was giving users of its free plan access to unlimited private repositories.

In foregoing fees for private repos (well, those with up to three collaborators), GitHub brings its pricing model more in line with rivals like Atlassian's BitBucket, which provides private repos with up to five collaborators at no charge, and GitLab, which charges nothing for unlimited repos, no matter how many collaborators are involved.

This announcement comes courtesy of, which admits it broke Microsoft's embargo on the news a day early. Even after landing your first developer job, when it comes time to move on or work on a side project, you might not want to have your work out in the open for your current employer to see.

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Microsoft is simplifying GitHub's business options as well.

Overall these changes should help GitHub continue to develop a healthy ecosystem of users.

Developers now can use GitHub for private projects with up to three collaborators per project for free, according to Microsoft's blog.

GitHub Pro (formerly GitHub Developer) and GitHub Team will remain available for developers and teams looking for professional coding and collaboration features. Those products include GitHub Enterprise Cloud, which gives businesses a private GitHub portal for their own use, and GitHub Enterprise Server, which lets customers run GitHub's software in their own servers for maximum control over their data.

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