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GitHub now offers free access for teams, reduced premium pricing

over 2 years ago by IanDorfman

In an effort to increase open source development accessibility for teams, GitHub has announced that it is making all core GitHub features freely available to every user.

Announcing this access via an official blog post, GitHub CEO Nat Friedman details exactly what's changed. Until now, any team or organization that wanted to utilize GitHub for private development had to subscribe to a paid GitHub plan, the cheapest of which being the Team plan for $9 US a month per user. Friedman, citing a belief that "every developer on earth should have access to GitHub," has lifted this restriction, meaning that teams of unlimited users can now access GitHub's Free plan.

GitHub's now universally accessible free plan allows for each user on a team to have unlimited public and private repositories and collaborators, 500MB of GitHub Packages storage, 2,000 minutes of GitHub Actions usage per month, and access to community support.

The site goes into detail about the pricing changes, what free and paid users have access to, and more via an official FAQ. This includes a stealth announcement that the Free plan will support unlimited numbers of collaborators permanently. Additionally, users that have annual plans and already paid the original $9 per user per month price before the April 14th change will receive a prorated refund for the rest of their time in the next 30 days.

For full details on premium plan pricing and what features require which plan, see

Further coverage: GitHub Blog

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GitHub is a web-based hosting service for projects that use the Git revision control system. It is written in Ruby on Rails by Logical Awesome developers Chris Wanstrath, PJ Hyett, and Tom Preston-Werner.