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Types of GitHub accounts

Your user account is your identity on GitHub. Your user account can be a member of any number of organizations. Organizations can belong to enterprise accounts.

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Personal user accounts

Every person who uses GitHub has their own user account, which include:

Tips:

  • 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.

Organization accounts

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.

Organizations include:

Enterprise accounts

With enterprise accounts, you can centrally manage policy and billing for multiple GitHub.com organizations. Enterprise accounts are available with GitHub Enterprise Cloud. For more information, see "About enterprise accounts."

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