GitHub announced that all of its core features are now available for free to all users. That means free unlimited private repositories with unlimited collaborators for all.
GitHub has always taken a freemium approach to its pricing model. But since Microsoft acquired the platform in October 2018, it started expanding the number of features in its free account.
Today GitHub announced that all users will now get free unlimited private repositories with unlimited collaborators for all. And that includes teams that use the platform for commercial projects. GitHub is even adding in up to 2,000 minutes per month of free access to GitHub Actions, the company’s automation and CI/CD platform.
GitHub will continue to offer paid plans for more advanced features like code owners, SAML single sign-on support and advanced auditing tools. These new paid plans start at $4 per user per month for the Team plan and $21 per user per month for the Enterprise plan.
“We’re switching GitHub from a pay-for-privacy model to pay-for-features, what’s typically called freemium — you may have heard of it,” Friedman said. “The way I think about it is we want every developer and team on earth to be able to use GitHub for their development, whether it’s private or public development.”
GitHub counts over 40 million developers and projects that they will pass the 100 million mark by 2025.
“It’s a fundamental change to the business architecture of GitHub. That’s the thing we can think about internally,” said Friedman. “The thing that everyone else can think about is: they can just use GitHub now, for whatever reason. If you’re starting a startup or if you’re a team inside of a big company and you just want to use GitHub — no credit card required, no budget required — you can just set your team up.”
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