Popular software hosting and collaboration platform GitHub has a number of its premium features free for all developers teams. The Microsoft-owned company announced yesterday that an organization can now make private repositories for development without paying any fees.
Till now, if a company wanted to host its private development on GitHub, it had to buy one of the premium plans starting from $7 a month. Last year, Github made private repositories available for the free tier, but with a few limitations like the number of collaborators.
Apart from private repository access, teams can also get 2,000 GitHub action minutes per month at zero cost. Actions are GitHub’s automation tool offering which lets applications orchestrate any workflow based on an event — like sending a notification. So, the free tier offering is ideal for small-scale projects.
If you want more advanced features, you’ll be required to pay $4 instead of $9 for teams.
In a Q&A session hosted on Hacker News, CEO Nat Friedman said GitHub wanted to roll out this change for the last 18 months:
“We’ve wanted to make this change for the last 18 months, but needed our Enterprise business to be big enough to enable the free use of GitHub by the rest of the world. I’m happy to say that it’s grown dramatically in the last year, and so we’re able to make GitHub free for teams that don’t need Enterprise features.
We also retained our Team pricing plan for people who need email support (and a couple of other features like code owners).
In general, we think that every developer on earth should be able to use GitHub for their work, and so it is great to remove price as a barrier.”
Currently, GitHub has more than 40 million developers on its platform, and it aiming 100 million developers by 2025. Making premium features available for everyone without cost can be a step in the right direction to achieve that number.