Repository administrators and organization owners can change several settings, including the names and ownership of a repository and the public or private visibility of a repository. They can also delete a repository.

Note: To learn best practices for managing a repository on GitHub, see the GitHub Learning Lab course on managing a repository.

About repository transfers

When you transfer a repository to a new owner, they can immediately administer the repository's contents, issues, pull requests, releases, project boards, and settings.

Transferring a repository owned by your personal account

You can transfer a repository owned by your personal user account to another user or to an organization where you have repository creation permissions.

Transferring a repository owned by your organization

You can transfer a repository owned by your organization to your personal user account or to another organization where you have repository creation permissions.

Allowing people to fork a private repository owned by your organization

Organization owners and people with admin permissions for a repository can allow or prevent the forking of a specific private repository owned by your organization.

Renaming a repository

You can rename a repository if you're either an organization owner or have admin permissions for the repository.

Making a public repository private

In a paid account you can change a repository's visibility from public to private if you're an organization owner or have admin permissions for the repository.

Making a private repository public

You can change a repository's visibility from private to public if you're an organization owner or have admin permissions for the repository.

Deleting a repository

You can delete any repository or fork if you're either an organization owner or have admin permissions for the repository or fork. Deleting a forked repository does not delete the upstream repository.

Customizing how changed files appear on GitHub

To keep certain files from displaying in diffs by default, or counting toward the repository language, you can mark them with the linguist-generated attribute in a .gitattributes file.

Viewing deployment activity for your repository

You can view information about deployments for your entire repository or a specific pull request.