If a current member of your organization only needs access to certain repositories, such as consultants or temporary employees, you can convert them to an outside collaborator.

Tips:

  • Only members with owner privileges for an organization or admin privileges for a repository can convert organization members into outside collaborators.
  • When you add an outside collaborator to a repository, you'll also need to add them to any forks of the repository you'd like them to access.

After converting an organization member to an outside collaborator, they'll only have access to the repositories that their current team membership allows. The person will no longer be an explicit member of the organization, and will no longer be able to:

  • Create teams
  • See all organization members and teams
  • @mention any visible team
  • Be a team maintainer

For more information, see "Permission levels for an organization."

We recommend reviewing the organization member's access to repositories to ensure their access is as you expect.

When you convert an organization member to an outside collaborator, their privileges as organization members are saved for three months so that you can restore their membership privileges if you invite them to rejoin your organization within that time frame. For more information, see "Reinstating a former member of your organization."

  1. In the top right corner of GitHub, click your profile photo, then click Your profile. Profile photo

  2. On the left side of your profile page, under "Organizations", click the icon for your organization. organization icons

  3. Under your organization name, click People. The People tab

  4. Select the person or people you'd like to convert to outside collaborators. List of members with two members selected

  5. Above the list of members, use the drop-down menu and click Convert to outside collaborator. Drop-down menu with option to convert members to outside collaborators
  6. Read the information about converting members to outside collaborators, then click Convert to outside collaborator. Information on outside collaborators permissions and Convert to outside collaborators button

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