GitHub Free Users Now Get Unlimited Private Repositories As things stand, GitHub offers a number of paid plans to suit specific use-cases. Each of these plans offers unlimited public and private repositories — a repository is basically where all your project files and revision history are stored. Up until now, GitHub has been free only for use on public repositories and open-source projects, but moving forward non-paying users can access the unlimited private repositories — though with an upper restriction of three collaborators.
Despite the collaborator restriction, this move should go some way toward raising GitHub’s appeal for individual users, small developer teams, or anyone working on the personal side projects. It’s also first major update since Microsoft completed its $7.5 billion acquisition of GitHub in October.
It’s worth noting here that this brings GitHub in line with other code-hosting services such as Bitbucket, which offers private repositories to free users with up to five collaborators, and GitLab, which offers private repos with unlimited collaborators.