It's really dumb we can't give read only access to private repos!

Firstly, thanks for the free stuff devs, we appreciate it.

But I’ve got a gripe.

If I want somebody to be able to download a tarball of my latest commit to a private repo I have to give them a token with full r/w repo access?!?

That’s absolutely **bonkers**.

What’s even more bonkers is that people have been complaining about this for years and it’s still an issue.

Who else wants to see a read-only private repo permission added to the o-auth token system?


Hi @roger-heathcote,

Thanks for being here! As you’ve mentioned, we have received similar feature requests from other users. Thought I cannot say when or if this suggestion will be implemented, I can understand how this would make sense. Please know your request has been added to our internal tracking system. Again, I wish I had better news about this topic.

So here we are over a year later …
Still doesnt look like this feature has been implemented. Am I correct?

If you put your repo in a free organization, you can grant read-only access.

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Can you elaborate for the uninitiated please?
“Free organization”? Do you mean gitlab/github, or something within those two websites?

You can create a free organization and put a repo in there, then add a member as “read-only”.

That sounds good, will check it out. Thanks!