You can delete your GitHub user account at any time. Before you do so, you should hand over the reins of any organizations you might own.

Deleting your user account removes all repositories, forks of private repositories, wikis, issues, pull requests, and pages owned by your account. Issues and pull requests you've created and comments you've made in repositories owned by other users will not be deleted - instead, they'll be associated with our Ghost user.

The account name also becomes available to anyone else to use on a new account, and we stop billing you. The email address associated with the account becomes available for use with a different GitHub account.

Unless you're the only owner, deleting your user account doesn't delete the organizations you're a member of.

Tip: If you no longer want to pay for private repositories, you can downgrade to free instead of deleting your user account and its content.

Review your organizations to ensure none are unintentionally deleted

If you're the owner of any organizations, you can either transfer ownership to another person or delete the organization.

To find out if you own any organizations:

  1. In the upper-right corner of any page, click your profile photo, then click Settings. Settings icon in the user bar
  2. At the bottom of the left sidebar you will find any organizations you own. Organization sidebar

Back up your account data

Before you delete your user account, make a copy of all repositories, private forks, wikis, issues, and pull requests owned by your account.

Warning: Once your user account has been deleted, GitHub cannot restore your content.

Delete your user account

  1. In the upper-right corner of any page, click your profile photo, then click Settings. Settings icon in the user bar
  2. In the left sidebar, click Account settings. Account settings menu option

  3. At the bottom of the Account Settings page, under "Delete account", click Delete your account. Account deletion button

  4. In the "Make sure you want to do this" dialog box, complete the steps to confirm you understand what happens when your account is deleted: Delete account confirmation dialog

    • Recall that all repositories, forks of private repositories, wikis, issues, pull requests and pages owned by your account will be deleted, your billing will end, and your username will be available to anyone for use on GitHub.
    • In the first field, type your GitHub username or email.
    • In the second field, type the phrase from the prompt.