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Message 1 of 5

Lots of Read Only Collabarators for Private Repo

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We are selling our work on a marketplace and want to use Github for versioning and delivering updates. 


Which plan should we buy for unknown number of read only collabarators for private repositories? 


I have checked these posts and could not find what i was looking for.



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Re: Lots of Read Only Collabarators for Private Repo

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Re: Lots of Read Only Collabarators for Private Repo

Hi @cadday,


Thank you for being here and for your interest in GitHub. If you haven't already, please contact us at so we can look into that further, and provide you with accurate pricing info.




I hope this helps,

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Re: Lots of Read Only Collabarators for Private Repo

Hi Andrea,


Thanks for your answer. I have used another form 2-3 days ago and got no reply so far, so trying the forum.


Does Business Cloud provide this? We have tried with Team option but every collabarator takes a seat and that is economically unsustainable for us. 


People are providing this service very widely and for a profit of ~$15 from a user. Paying $9 or more for month to Github to get a seat does not seem logical.

Here are two examples:


We hope that you can direct us to a solution.



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Re: Lots of Read Only Collabarators for Private Repo



People from Github help contacted and explained the situation.


Since Github changed it's payment system from per-repository to per-user, it is not possible to have unknown number of collabs on a private repository.


I was also informed that they don't pressure per-repository users to switch their system(which is good), i wonder why they don't offer this to new customers. It would be a good thing to be able to buy what is already available. 


If you have a similar need, best thing to do is have a developer account and create a private repo. You may invite unpaid users to your repo without a limitation. You will not be able to define permissions on user level though.