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Configuring GitHub Copilot settings on GitHub.com

You can configure GitHub Copilot's behavior on GitHub.com, which affects how GitHub Copilot functions in any IDE that you use.

GitHub Copilot is available to GitHub customers with a personal account on GitHub.com. Managed user accounts cannot use GitHub Copilot.

GitHub Copilot is free to use for verified students, teachers, and maintainers of popular open source projects. If you are not a student, teacher, or maintainer of a popular open source project, you can try GitHub Copilot for free with a one-time 60 day trial. After the free trial, you will need a paid subscription for continued use. For more information, see "About billing for GitHub Copilot."

About GitHub Copilot settings on GitHub.com

In addition to the configuration for the GitHub Copilot plugin in your supported IDE, you can configure settings for GitHub Copilot on GitHub.com. The settings apply wherever you use GitHub Copilot.

Configuring GitHub Copilot settings on GitHub.com

Once you have an active GitHub Copilot trial or subscription, you can adjust GitHub Copilot settings for your personal account on GitHub in the GitHub Copilot settings. The settings apply anywhere that you use GitHub Copilot. You can configure the suggestions that GitHub Copilot offers and how GitHub uses your telemetry data.

Enabling or disabling duplication detection

GitHub Copilot includes a filter which detects code suggestions matching public code on GitHub. You can choose to enable or disable the filter. When the filter is enabled, GitHub Copilot checks code suggestions with their surrounding code of about 150 characters against public code on GitHub. If there is a match or near match, the suggestion will not be shown to you.

  1. In the upper-right corner of any page, click your profile photo, then click Settings.

    Settings icon in the user bar

  2. In the left sidebar, click GitHub Copilot.

  3. Under Suggestions matching public code, select the dropdown menu, then click Allow to allow suggestions matching public code, or Block to block suggestions matching public code. Screenshot of duplication detection option

  4. To confirm your new settings, click Save.

Enabling or disabling telemetry

You can choose whether your code snippets are collected and retained by GitHub and further processed and shared with Microsoft and OpenAI by adjusting your user settings. For more information about data that GitHub Copilot may collect depending on your telemetry settings, see "GitHub Terms for Additional Products and Features" and the GitHub Copilot privacy FAQ.

  1. In the upper-right corner of any page, click your profile photo, then click Settings.

    Settings icon in the user bar

  2. In the left sidebar, click GitHub Copilot.

  3. To allow or prevent GitHub using your telemetry data, select or deselect Allow GitHub to use my code snippets for product improvements. Screenshot of telemetry option

  4. To confirm your new settings, click Save.

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