You can create a new repository on your personal account or any organization where you have sufficient permissions.

Tip: Only members with owner privileges for an organization create repositories for an organization by default. Owners can also give organization members permission to create repositories. For more information, see "Repository permission levels for an organization."

  1. In the upper-right corner of any page, click , and then click New repository. New repository menu

  2. In the Owner drop-down, select the account you wish to create the repository on. Dashboard context switcher

  3. Type a name for your repository, and an optional description. Create repository field
  4. You can choose to to make the repository either public or private. Public repositories are visible to the public, while private repositories are only accessible to you, and people you share them with.
  5. There are a number of optional items you can pre-populate your repository with. If you're importing an existing repository to GitHub, don't choose any of these options, as you may introduce a merge conflict. You can choose to add these files from the command line later.

    • You can create a README, which is a document describing your project.
    • You can create a .gitignore file, which is a set of ignore rules.

    • You can choose to add a software license for your project.

  6. When you're finished, click Create repository.

  7. At the bottom of the resulting Quick Setup page, under "Import code from an old repository", you can choose to import a project to your new repository. To do so, click Import code.

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