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Personalizing your profile

You can share information about yourself with other GitHub users by setting a profile picture and adding a bio to your profile.

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Changing your profile picture

Your profile picture helps identify you across GitHub in pull requests, comments, contributions pages, and graphs. You can choose to have a profile picture that represents you, your likeness, or your spirit animal.

When you sign up for an account, GitHub provides you with a randomly generated "identicon". Your identicon generates from a hash of your user ID, so there's no way to control its color or pattern. You can replace your identicon with an image of your choice.

Tip: Your profile picture should be a PNG, JPG, or GIF file under 1 MB in size. For the best quality rendering, we recommend keeping the image at about 500 by 500 pixels.

Setting a profile picture

  1. In the upper-right corner of any page, click your profile photo, then click Settings.

    Settings icon in the user bar

  2. Under Profile Picture, click Edit.

    Edit profile picture

  3. Click Upload a photo....

    Update profile picture

  4. Crop your picture. When you're done, click Set new profile picture.

    Crop uploaded photo

Resetting your profile picture to the identicon

  1. In the upper-right corner of any page, click your profile photo, then click Settings.
    Settings icon in the user bar
  2. Under Profile Picture, click Edit.
    Edit profile picture
  3. To revert to your identicon, click Remove photo. If your email address is associated with a Gravatar, you cannot revert to your identicon. Click Revert to Gravatar instead.
    Update profile picture

Adding a bio to your profile

Add a bio to your profile to share information about yourself with other GitHub users. With the help of @mention's and emoji, you can include information about where you currently or have previously worked, what type of work you do, or even what kind of coffee you drink.

Note: If you have the activity overview section enabled for your profile and you @mention an organization you're a member of in your profile bio, then that organization will be featured first in your activity overview. For more information, see "Showing an overview of your activity on your profile."

  1. In the upper-right corner of any page, click your profile photo, then click Settings.

    Settings icon in the user bar

  2. Under Bio, add the content that you want displayed on your profile. The bio field is limited to 160 characters.

    Update bio on profile

    Tip: When you @mention an organization, only those that you're a member of will autocomplete. You can still @mention organizations that you're not a member of, like a previous employer, but the organization name won't autocomplete for you.

  3. Click Update profile.

    Update profile button

Setting a status

You can set a status to display information about your current availability on GitHub. Your status will show:

When you set your status, you can also let people know that you have limited availability on GitHub.

At-mentioned username shows "busy" note next to username

Requested reviewer shows "busy" note next to username

If you select the "Busy" option, when people @mention your username, assign you an issue or pull request, or request a pull request review from you, a note next to your username will show that you're busy.

  1. In the top right corner of GitHub, click your profile photo, then click Set your status or, if you already have a status set, click your current status.
    Button on profile to set your status
  2. To add custom text to your status, click in the text field and type a status message.
    Field to type a status message
  3. Optionally, to set an emoji status, click the smiley icon and select an emoji from the list.
    Button to select an emoji status
  4. Optionally, if you'd like to share that you have limited availability, select "Busy."
    Busy option selected in Edit status options
  5. Use the Clear status drop-down menu, and select when you want your status to expire. If you don't select a status expiration, you will keep your status until you clear or edit your status.
    Drop down menu to choose when your status expires
  6. Use the drop-down menu and click the organization you want your status visible to. If you don't select an organization, your status will be public.
    Drop down menu to choose who your status is visible to
  7. Click Set status.
    Button to set status

Disabling the GitHub Pro badge on your profile

If you're using GitHub Pro, by default your profile will show a PRO badge. You can choose to disable the PRO badge so it's no longer displayed on your profile. For more information about GitHub Pro, see "GitHub's products."

  1. In the upper-right corner of any page, click your profile photo, then click Settings.
    Settings icon in the user bar
  2. Under "Profile settings", deselect Display PRO badge.
    Checkbox to no longer display the PRO badge on your profile
  3. Click Update preferences.

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