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Message 31 of 43

Re: Can I give read-only access to a private repo (from a developer account)?

Hi @navyseai,

Our product team is definitely discussing new features to make collaboration of different types easier on GitHub. However, nothing on this front has shipped as of yet. Any new features will be announced in the GitHub Changelog, so I'd recommend keeping an eye on that page for updates. 

 

As for collaborating on projects where you want someone to be able to work on a portion of the codebase but not the entire codebase, it might be worth breaking your codebase into smaller, reusable pieces. Then you could add someone as a collaborator on a repository that only has access to the smaller piece of the whole and you can use continuous integration to make sure that changing code in one piece doesn't break the overall codebase.

 

Hope that helps!

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Message 32 of 43

Re: Can I give read-only access to a private repo (from a developer account)?

Yea.. that was my next question, if it was possible to restrict users to certain folders.

 

I came up with some workarrounds to fix these problems

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Message 33 of 43

Re: Can I give read-only access to a private repo (from a developer account)?

4 months later and I see nothing about this feature on the Changelog. So having read-only access to a private repo is not in our future? What service are developers using to show their private work to prospective clients?

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Message 34 of 43

Re: Can I give read-only access to a private repo (from a developer account)?

+1
Would be VERY useful to be able to share a URL (and key?) for read only accesses

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Message 35 of 43

Re: Can I give read-only access to a private repo (from a developer account)?

As some have mentioned. I have clients that would like to review my code, but still limit their access to specific files/folders. And the same for private code that could be shared with potential clients to give them an idea about the quality of work that can be provided, and so on.

 

If perhaps there were permissions for specific files/folders with a timeout option. That way, there wouldn't be a need to revoke permissions at a later date.

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Message 36 of 43

Re: Can I give read-only access to a private repo (from a developer account)?

The "Solution" is not a solution though :(  It's just an explanation of the current system which does NOT have the requested feature. Glad I'm not alone in needing (not wanting) this feature!

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Message 37 of 43

Re: Can I give read-only access to a private repo (from a developer account)?


@FirstPrinciples-AI wrote:

Hi everyone, apologies if this is repeating a topic discussed already. 

 

Can I give read-only access to my private repo, to someone who is not a collaborator at present? Can I share a url, or add someone as a read-only collaborator? I don't want to give fork/clone/download rights. 

 

I have a Developer account at present (not a Team/Business account, so cannot structure an organization-based acess). Here are the types of Github accounts. Thanks.


 

I think it is a good idea to add a read-only permission that allows a developer to share a URL of his code to an employer for example during a technical test.

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Message 38 of 43

Re: Can I give read-only access to a private repo (from a developer account)?

Hello Github,

Please implement this feature (including Github Enterprise)!  Thank you.

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Message 39 of 43

Re: Can I give read-only access to a private repo (from a developer account)?

+n

Existing features (including lack of forced PR's) for private repos don't make this any better than hosting a repo on any number of other services.

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Message 40 of 43

Re: Can I give read-only access to a private repo (from a developer account)?

+1 Please add this feature for a developer account. Btw if I add Collaborators to my private repo, then can they push to any branch or create any branch on github?