A repository owned by a user account has two permission levels: the repository owner and collaborators.

Tip: If you require more granular read/write access to a repository owned by your user account, consider transferring the repository to an organization. For more information, see "About repository transfers."

Owner access on a repository owned by a user account

The repository owner has full control of the repository. In addition to all the permissions allowed by repository collaborators, the repository owner can:

There is only one owner of a repository owned by a user account; this permission cannot be shared with another user account. To transfer ownership of a repository to another user, see "How to transfer a repository."

Collaborator access on a repository owned by a user account

Note: In a private repository, repository owners can only grant write access to collaborators. Collaborators can't have read-only access to repositories owned by a user account.

Collaborators on a personal repository can:

  • Push to (write), pull from (read), and fork (copy) the repository
  • Create, apply, and delete labels and milestones
  • Open, close, re-open, and assign issues
  • Edit and delete comments on commits, pull requests, and issues
  • Mark an issue or pull request as a duplicate. For more information, see "About duplicate issues and pull requests."
  • Open, merge and close pull requests

  • Apply suggested changes to pull requests they authored or are assigned to. For more information, see "Incorporating feedback in your pull request."

  • Send pull requests from forks of the repository

  • Create and edit Wikis
  • Create and edit Releases
  • Remove themselves as collaborators on the repository
  • Submit a review on a pull request that will affect its mergeability
  • Act as a designated code owner for the repository. For more information, see "About CODEOWNERS."
  • Lock a conversation. For more information, see "Locking conversations."
  • Report abusive content to GitHub Support or GitHub Premium Support. For more information, see "Reporting abuse or spam."

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