GitHub, Inc. is a provider of Internet hosting for software development and version control using Git. It offers the distributed version control and source code management (SCM) functionality of Git, plus its own features. It provides access control and several collaboration features such as bug tracking, feature requests, task management, continuous integration and wikis for every project.[4] Headquartered in California, it has been a subsidiary of Microsoft since 2018.[5]

GitHub, Inc.
GitHub's logo
Type of businessSubsidiary
Type of site
Collaborative version control
Available inEnglish
FoundedFebruary 8, 2008; 13 years ago (2008-02-08) (as Logical Awesome LLC)
HeadquartersSan Francisco, California, United States
Area servedWorldwide
CEONat Friedman
Key people
  • Mike Taylor (CFO)
  • Erica Brescia (COO)
IndustryCollaborative version control (GitHub)
Blog host (GitHub Pages)
Package repository (NPM)
Revenue $200-300 million (2018)[1]
RegistrationOptional (required for creating and joining repositories)
Users56 million (as of September 2020)
LaunchedApril 10, 2008; 13 years ago (2008-04-10)
Current statusActive
Written inRuby

It is commonly used to host open-source projects.[6] As of January 2020, GitHub reports having over 40 million users[7] and more than 190 million repositories[8] (including at least 28 million public repositories).[9] It is the largest source code host as of April 2020.[10]