The foundation of your bill is the number of standard licensed seats that you choose for your organization or enterprise.
GitHub uses a unique-user licensing model. For enterprise products that include multiple deployment options, GitHub determines how many licensed seats you're consuming based on the number of unique users across all your deployments.
Each user only consumes one license, no matter how many GitHub Enterprise Server instances the user uses, or how many organizations the user is a member of on GitHub Enterprise Cloud. This model allows each person to use multiple GitHub Enterprise deployments without incurring extra costs.
To ensure the same user isn't consuming more than one license for multiple enterprise deployments, you can synchronize license usage between your GitHub Enterprise Server and GitHub Enterprise Cloud environments. For more information, see "About licenses for GitHub Enterprise."
In addition to licensed seats, your bill may include other charges, such as GitHub Advanced Security. For more information, see "About billing for your enterprise."
Each person consumes one license, and GitHub identifies individuals by primary email address.
GitHub bills for the following people.
- Enterprise owners who are a member or owner of at least one organization in the enterprise
- Organization members, including owners
- Outside collaborators on private or internal repositories owned by your organization, excluding forks
- Anyone with a pending invitation to become an organization owner or member
- Anyone with a pending invitation to become an outside collaborator on private or internal repositories owned by your organization, excluding forks
- Each user on any GitHub Enterprise Server instance that you deploy
- Dormant users
GitHub does not bill for any of the following people.
- Enterprise owners who are not a member or owner of at least one organization in the enterprise
- Enterprise billing managers
- Organization billing managers for individual organizations on GitHub Enterprise Cloud
- Anyone with a pending invitation to become an enterprise or organization billing manager
- Anyone with a pending invitation to become an outside collaborator on a public repository owned by your organization
Note: If an invitee does not accept the invitation within seven days, the pending invitation expires automatically. After expiration, GitHub will no longer bill you for the pending invitation. If a SCIM request from your identity provider (IdP) generates the invitation, the invitation will not expire.
GitHub counts each member or outside collaborator once for billing purposes, even if the user account has membership in multiple organizations in an enterprise or access to multiple repositories owned by your organization. For more information about outside collaborators, see "Adding outside collaborators to repositories in your organization."
Dormant users do occupy a seat license. For more information, see "Managing dormant users."
You can add more licensed seats to your organization or enterprise at any time. If you pay for more seats than are being used, you can also reduce the number of seats.
If you use an enterprise account on GitHub.com and have questions about changes to your subscription, contact GitHub's Sales team.
If you use an individual organization on GitHub Enterprise Cloud, you can upgrade or downgrade your subscription. For more information, see "Upgrading your GitHub subscription" or "Downgrading your GitHub subscription." If you have questions about your subscription, contact GitHub Support.