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GitHub is now free for teams

peter profile image Peter Kim Frank ・1 min read

GitHub CEO, Nat Friedman, announced earlier today that GitHub is now free for teams.

Until now, if your organization wanted to use GitHub for private development, you had to subscribe to one of our paid plans. But every developer on earth should have access to GitHub. Price shouldn’t be a barrier.

How will they make money? They'll continue to provide Enterprise features:

Teams who need advanced features (like code owners), enterprise features (like SAML), or personalized support can upgrade to one of our paid plans.

You can read the full post for more details.

What is your reaction to the news?

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Jess Lee (she/her)


The announcement doesn't share more info on the Actions portions of all this. I think it's a smart business model shift to focus on usage (like actions) than membership.

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Ben Halpern

Yeah, lowers the barrier to exist within the ecosystem, which I'm sure fits Microsoft's overall goals, and bring folks one step closer to the products they can probably charge a lot more of because they scale up more fluidly than seats etc.

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Jean-Christophe Helary • Edited

Github is the market leader in the field, right ? So doing this has the effect of squashing smaller forges when they don't really need that.

I'd rather have teams focus on other forges that need financial support right now to make sure they survive ( for ex., but not exclusively).

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Michiel Hendriks • Edited

I think in the private world gitlab is market leader. They offered private hosted repos for quite a long time. And you can also self host it. The made adoption of gitlab much more attractive.
For open source projects GitHub is clearly the bigger one.
Getting feature parity between GitHub and gitlab is good for competition. But it would be better if there were other big players. I don't get the idea Atlassian is really into it with BitBucket.

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Greg Hausheer • Edited

Win for hackers, a loss for Github / Microsoft. Or is their intent to have it be a "loss leader" for the market? Either way - feeling:


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Harsh Shandilya

GitHub said that as their Enterprise customer base is growing they'll be using the income from there to make things cheaper and/or free for users. They're not going in loss, they're just gathering income from larger organisations.

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Mohammed Asker

This is great news to hear! Now if I want to create a stealth startup, I can bring a team into the project without having them sign up an account in GitLab.

I know GitLab already has these features for a long time, but the only downside is not many developers are using GitLab when compared to GitHub.

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Marko Shiva Pavlovic

Yeah I saw it its great thing :)

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Joe Chasinga

This is a really great approach! What I'd been missing from Github.