GitHub Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

GitHub

Social coding & collaborative development platform

4.76/5 (3,211 reviews)

GitHub overview

What is GitHub?

GitHub is a place to share code with friends, co-workers, classmates, and complete strangers. Over a million people use GitHub to build amazing things together. With the collaborative features of GitHub.com, desktop and mobile apps, and GitHub Enterprise, the development platform helps individuals and teams to write better code, faster.

From open source to business, users can host and review code, manage projects, and build software alongside millions of other developers. GitHub brings teams together to work through problems, move ideas forward, and learn from each other along the way. On GitHub, lightweight code review tools are built into every pull request.

Teams can create review processes that improve the quality of code and fit neatly into the workflow. Project managers and developers can coordinate, track, and update their work in one place, so projects stay transparent and on schedule. Users can fine tune the process as the team changes, update tools as technologies shift, and find new ways to work better.
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Pricing

Starting from
$7/month
Pricing options
Free
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Free trial
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Markets

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, China and 3 other markets, India, Japan, Germany

Supported languages

English
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GitHub user reviews

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Alex Troyer

Highly Intuitive GIT Hosting Solution with a Ridiculous Amount of Community Support

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-08-25
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
The best part of this software, in my opinion, has to be the repository insights that comes with the pro version and above. These insights have proven to be extremely valuable when managing larger-scale projects with multiple developers working on the projects. Not only is our project management team able to get live updates on the progress of the project with each commit, but our team is also able to hold each other accountable by seeing their progress via the progress tracking feature and individual commits. Another notable mention for Github is their desktop GUI. This is such an incredibly easy tool to use and it makes the entire GIT experience much easier to understand and maneuver.

Cons
The one issue i had with this software is the repo search functionality. This part of the software can be confusing to learn to be effective with and it takes some time to be proficient with, which can be a hassle for some of our newer members of our project management team.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Ankit Porwal

Reduced deployment time by a large extent

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-10-07
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, I would say that everyone who has a team of developers working on a product and require collaboration should definitely use this product. After the acquisition by Microsoft, I am very hopeful of increasing the developer community globally. For my organization, this has been the best decision that we took close to 6 years back when we started using this and since then we don't have to worry about the deployments to production servers.

Pros
From the day, my team has started using GitHub for pushing code to production environment, we have reduced our deployment times by nearly 65%. I was introduced to the concept of GitHub few years back but was not sure whether the team will be able to work with it or not, so we started on a trial basis for one project and then my team came back to me and asked me if we can use it for all projects in the company. This had really helped us in version control, control over who pushes what to the production and access control

Cons
Limitations on the number of users in a particular project is one of the cons for the product. Also, one needs to have a Git account to get access to the code is according to me another limitation

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Jasmeet Singh

Review and Manage your Codes Without Any Hassle

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-10-07
Review Source: Capterra

It has various documentations, guides, help sections and articles which helps in providing information about anything related to Git. It is also providing a variety of helpful samples for your projects. It introduced a new feature named as Gists which helps in turning more than one file into a repository of Git and it helps in sharing and tracking changes more accurately and easily. User will be able to create static websites by using GitHub pages.

Pros
It is developed for managing open-source projects. If you are dealing with open source project which is including issue tracker and wiki, it is easy to get feedback and add more in-depth documentation in it. Community is also contributing to developing open-source projects through it. It has a markdown feature which is a text editor for writing various formatted documents so that the user will be able to track them easily.

Cons
It does not have improved security features to prevent merging. When you create new commits it automatically hides previous comments. After merging branches into repositories it is difficult to track them. Various controls should be provided for notifications. Limitations should be removed regarding file size.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Matthew Poer

It's an industry standard tool for reason

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-08-04
Review Source: Capterra

Very simple to set up and use, and being an industry standard most onboarding developers and engineering teams already know how to use it.

Pros
Reliable and consistent version control and code collaboration platform. The team management, issue tracking, visibility/privacy control are all top of the line, and of course the underlying "git" hosting is perfect. Introduction of Github Actions only improves the value of the platform.

Cons
I'd like to see more for project management, e.g. ways to better organize issues by priority, themes ("epics") and create scrum, agile and/or kanban influenced views and planning tools. I've heard some folks express concern with Microsoft's acquisition of GitHub, but I don't understand the concern b/c Microsoft has a solid history of operating business-grade tools, and from the date of acquisition we've only seen more-for-your-money price changes.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Jason Lockwood

As a designer who codes...

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-09-22
Review Source: Capterra

Great. I used GitHub at my work daily and for at home for personal projects. It was set up & integrated well throughout our suite and comms internally. Personally, I have a repo set up for my personal sit and I wouldn’t ever choose another tool to host my code repository and handle deployments to production code.

Pros
GitHub has grown leap & bounds over the past few years. They have always offered really excellent tools for developers that is well built and very stable. More recently GitHub has put a lot of effort in creating a more intuitive user experience that makes it simpler to use for both beginners and experienced users. As a designer who isn’t the best with code and development but still knows how to setup and deploy code with GitHub there updates over recent years have been very helpful in day-to-day. Integrations & security settings are excellent as well.

Cons
Nothing much to say here. GitHub can be a bit overwhelming for a beginner but IMO they have been addressing this and making it much more comfortable to get started using. I’d like to see more of the same in other areas as well. Solving merge conflicts in GitHub was the only time I was ever frustrated with the tool.

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GitHub pricing

Starting from
$7/month
Pricing options
Free
Subscription
Free trial
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Developer: $7 per month

Team: $9 per user / month

Business:
$21 per user / month, Hosted on GitHub.com
$21 per user / month, GitHub Enterprise (Sold in packs of 10 users and billed annually.)

Free plans available.

GitHub features

API
Access Control
Collaboration Tools
Monitoring
Search Functionality
Third Party Integration

Activity Dashboard (239 other apps)
Activity Tracking (127 other apps)
Alerts / Escalation (124 other apps)
Auditing (122 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (178 other apps)
Compliance Management (132 other apps)
Data Import/Export (170 other apps)
Data Visualization (128 other apps)
Drag & Drop Interface (127 other apps)
Real Time Data (120 other apps)
Real Time Monitoring (151 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (200 other apps)
User Management (110 other apps)
Workflow Management (140 other apps)

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Additional information for GitHub

Key features of GitHub

  • Collaboration
  • Integrated issue and bug tracking
  • Graphical representation of branches
  • Approximately 6 million hosted git repositories
  • Code review
  • Project management
  • Team management
  • Social coding
  • Documentation
  • Code hosting
  • Built-in review tools
  • Propose changes
  • Give feedback
  • Protect branches
  • Track and assign tasks
  • Milestones
  • Assignees
  • Integrations
  • Conversations
  • Set community guidelines
  • Wikis
  • GitHub Pages
  • @mentions
  • Team and user permissions
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Benefits

Every repository on GitHub comes with the tools needed to manage your project. Open to the community for public projects – secured for private projects.

GitHub keeps your public and private code available, secure, and backed up. Stop hoarding code on your hard drive; it takes less than a minute to push code up to GitHub and start collaborating with others...

It doesn’t matter if you prefer to use the command line git client, a tool like hg-git, or a graphical application like SmartGit— we’re dedicated to helping you collaborate easily and securely.