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.
Every person who uses GitHub has their own user account. These accounts include:
- Unlimited public repositories and collaborators on all plans
- Personal plans for private repositories
- Ability to add unlimited repository collaborators
- 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 great for businesses and large open-source projects that need multiple owners and admins. They include:
- Business plans for private repositories
- Team-based access permissions
- Unlimited owners, administrators, and collaborators using teams
- Billing receipts that can be sent to a second email address
- Owners team access to organization members' two-factor authentication (2FA) status