Previously, users who wanted to create a private repository on GitHub, they had to be a paying user.
This is changing as the popular developers' platform starts allowing free GitHub users to have access to unlimited private projects as long as the projects have three or fewer collaborators on board.
For larger projects however, users still have to have a paid plan, or otherwise, they have to make their code public.
"Today we’re announcing two major updates to make GitHub more accessible to developers: unlimited free private repositories, and a simpler, unified Enterprise offering," said GitHub.
- GitHub Free is including unlimited private repositories. Here, developers can use GitHub for their private projects with up to three collaborators per repository for free.
- GitHub Enterprise which unifies Enterprise Cloud (formerly GitHub Business Cloud) and Enterprise Server (formerly GitHub Enterprise). Those who want to use GitHub in a cloud or self-hosted configuration can access both in one paid account.
And with GitHub Connect, these products can be securely linked, providing a hybrid option so developers can work across both environments.
After GitHub was acquired by Microsoft in mid-2018, GitHub CEO Nat Friedman said that his team would be focusing on making GitHub more accessible to developers by ensuring reliability, security and performance.
Operating dependently from Microsoft, Friedman said that "We love GitHub because of the deep care and thoughtfulness that goes into every facet of the developer's experience."
"I understand and respect this, and know that we will continue to build tasteful, snappy, polished tools that developers love."
As with the updates, Friedman said that the unlimited free private repositories capability has been the most requested feature from GitHub users.
"Whether you’re a student about to write your first line of code, an enterprise leader with teams around the world, or an open source maintainer, we want GitHub to be the best place for you to code, collaborate, and connect with the global community of developers," closes GitHub.