Do the collaborators of a private repo need a paid github plan too?

Do the collaborators of a private repo need a paid github plan too?

For example - If I get the developer paid plan, then create a private repo, would I be able to add a person to the repo who only has a free github account?

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@anantoghosh wrote:

Do the collaborators of a private repo need a paid github plan too?

No. Users who are added as collaborators to another user’s or organization’s private repositories can be on the free plan.

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Thanks :smiley:

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From this conversation, I figured that outside collaborator doesn’t need to be on a paid plan to have access to an org’s private repo, right? However, will this not account to the org’s paid seat count?

I asked because it looks like an outside collaborator of private repos takes up paid seats of the organization, based on the following links.

https://help.github.com/articles/adding-outside-collaborators-to-repositories-in-your-organization/

and

https://help.github.com/articles/removing-an-outside-collaborator-from-an-organization-repository/

Thanks!

Correct, adding an outside collaborator to a repository will take up a seat in a paid Github license.

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Note this only applies to personal private repositories. If you have an organisation and you want to add an external collaborator to a private repository, the organisation has to have a seat available (which is not free).

It’s a bit irritating, but it’s presumably to stop the problem of organisations having a single paid user and a ton of free collaborators without paying for more per-user licenses.

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>> it’s presumably to stop the problem of organisations having a single paid user and a ton of free collaborators without paying for more per-user licenses.

How could this stop the problem? It seems to only encourgae it.

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