Verifying your primary email address ensures strengthened security, allows GitHub staff to better assist you if you forget your password, and gives you access to more features on GitHub.

You can verify your email address after signing up for a new account, or when you add a new email address. If an email address is undeliverable or bouncing, it will be unverified.


  • If you do not verify your email address, you will not be able to:

    • Create or fork repositories
    • Create issues or pull requests
    • Comment on issues, pull requests, or commits
    • Authorize OAuth App applications
    • Generate personal access tokens
    • Receive email notifications
  • You cannot verify email addresses from disposable domains. If you'd like to keep your email address private, you can use a GitHub-provided noreply email address. For more information, see "About commit email addresses."

If you run into problems verifying your email address, you can troubleshoot common issues. For more information, see "Troubleshooting email verification."

  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 Emails. Emails tab

  3. Next to your email address, click Send verification email. Send verification email button

  4. GitHub will send you an email with a link in it. After you click that link, you'll be taken to your GitHub dashboard and see a confirmation banner. Banner confirming that your email was verified

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