GitHub now gives free users unlimited private repositories

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

GitHub to give users of its free plan access to unlimited private repositories

GitHub has made its first major update since Microsoft officially acquired the ubiqituous code-sharing service for $7.5 billion: It's giving away unlimited free hosting for private coding projects.

This announcement comes courtesy of, which admits it broke Microsoft's embargo on the news a day early.

The change allows coders to create an unlimited number of private projects with up to three participants at no cost.

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. Using GitHub Connect, they can be securely linked to work across both environments. And truth is, most of the independent projects on GitHub are mostly personal projects that are either not fully developed or left behind by the developer. 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.

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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.

"We really want our products to reflect the journey of the developer regardless of where they are in their career", said Kathy Simpson, senior director of product management at GitHub, in explaining the new changes.

GitHub revealed today that it's making a couple of big changes that should be good news for developers of all stripes. Unlimited private repositories were already available for free via GitHub's Education program to students and teachers, by the way.

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