Your user account is your identity on GitHub. Your user account can be a member of any number of organizations, regardless of whether the account is on a free or paid plan.

Personal user accounts

Every person who uses GitHub has their own user account. These accounts include:


  • It may be tempting to have more than one user account, such as for personal use and business use, but you only need one account. For more information, see "Merging multiple user accounts."
  • User accounts are intended for humans, but you can give one to a robot, such as a continuous integration bot, if necessary.


Organizations are shared accounts where groups of people can collaborate across many projects at once. Owners and administrators can manage member access to the organization's data and projects with sophisticated security and administrative features.

Organizations include:

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