Differences between user and organization accounts
Your user account is your identity on GitHub. Your user account can be a member of any number of organizations.
Personal user accounts
Every person who uses GitHub has their own user account, which include:
- Unlimited public and private repositories with GitHub Free
- Additional features for private repositories with GitHub Pro
- Ability to invite repository collaborators
- You can use one account for multiple purposes, such as for personal use and business use. We do not recommend creating more than 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.
A free option, GitHub Team for Open Source, with unlimited collaborators on unlimited public repositories
The option to upgrade to GitHub Team or GitHub Enterprise Cloud for additional features, including private repositories, sophisticated user authentication and management, and escalated support options. For more information, see "GitHub's products."
Unlimited membership with a variety of roles that grant different levels of access to the organization and its data
The ability to give members a range of access permissions to your organization's repositories
Nested teams that reflect your company or group's structure with cascading access permissions and mentions
The ability for organization owners to view members' two-factor authentication (2FA) status