GitHub makes private repositories available for free

GitHub makes private repositories available for free

GitHub has always had a free tier that developers can use to store and manage their code, but the company required users to pay $7 a month if they wanted to keep their code private.

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.

The significant change to GitHub announced today by CEO Nat Friedman might be the first major change since Microsoft bought the company a year ago: free accounts can now create private repositories. The ability to host private projects - like a homework assignment, a side project, or even a coding test for a programming job - was a paid feature.

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Today's announcement is a win for those students. GitHub Enterprise is meant to work in conjunction with GitHub Connect, the code biz's way to bridge the open source world and more guarded corporate development through identity, search, and contribution tracking systems. 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. Private repositories are free so long as the repository has three collaborators or fewer.

GitHub is also unifying its enterprise plans into a single plan: GitHub Enterprise, compromising of GitHub Business Cloud and GitHub Enterprise.

Microsoft bought GitHub to win the hearts and minds of software developers, and this could be an important step towards that goal.