Article version: Enterprise Server 2.16

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Connecting GitHub Enterprise Server to GitHub Enterprise Cloud

After you enable GitHub Connect, you can share specific features and workflows between your GitHub Enterprise Server instance and GitHub Enterprise Cloud.

In this guide

About GitHub Connect

To enable GitHub Connect, you must configure the connection in both your GitHub Enterprise Server instance and in your GitHub Enterprise Cloud organization. To configure the connection, you must be a site administrator for your GitHub Enterprise Server instance and be an owner for the GitHub Enterprise Cloud organization.

To configure a connection, your proxy configuration must allow connectivity to github.com and api.github.com. For more information, see "Configuring an outbound web proxy server."

After enabling GitHub Connect, you will be able to enable features such as unified search and unified contributions. For more information about all of the features available, see "Managing connections between GitHub Enterprise Server and GitHub Enterprise Cloud."

When you connect your GitHub Enterprise Server instance to GitHub Enterprise Cloud, a record on GitHub.com stores information about the connection:

Enabling GitHub Connect also creates a GitHub App owned by your GitHub Enterprise Cloud organization. GitHub Enterprise Server uses the GitHub App's credentials to make requests to GitHub.com.

GitHub Enterprise Server stores credentials from the GitHub App. These credentials will be replicated to any high availability or clustering environments, and stored in any backups, including snapshots created by GitHub Enterprise Server Backup Utilities.

Enabling GitHub Connect will not allow GitHub.com users to make changes to GitHub Enterprise Server.

Enabling GitHub Connect

  1. Sign in to your GitHub Enterprise Server instance and GitHub.com.

  2. In the upper-right corner of any page, click .

    Rocketship icon for accessing site admin settings

  3. In the left sidebar, click Business.

    Business tab in the Site admin settings

  4. Under your business account's name, click Settings.

    Settings tab on the business account profile page

  5. In the left sidebar, click GitHub Connect.

    GitHub Connect tab in the business account settings sidebar

  6. Under "GitHub.com connection", click Connect to GitHub.com.

    Connect to GitHub.com button

  7. Read the addendum to the GitHub Enterprise Server License Agreement, then click I agree, connect to GitHub.com.

    GitHub Connect Addendum and I agree, connect to GitHub.com button

  8. After you're redirected to GitHub.com, next to the organization you'd like to connect to, click Connect.

    Connect button next to organization on GitHub.com

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