Setting repository visibility

You can choose who can view your repository.

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About repository visibility changes

Organization owners can restrict the ability to change repository visibility to organization owners only. For more information, see "Restricting repository visibility changes in your organization."

We recommend reviewing the following caveats before you change the visibility of a repository.

Making a repository private

  • GitHub Enterprise Server will detach public forks of the public repository and put them into a new network. Public forks are not made private.
  • If you change a repository's visibility from internal to private, GitHub will remove forks that belong to any user without access to the newly private repository. The visibility of any forks will also change to private. For more information, see "What happens to forks when a repository is deleted or changes visibility?"
  • Any published GitHub Pages site will be automatically unpublished.
  • Anonymous Git read access is no longer available. For more information, see "Enabling anonymous Git read access for a repository."

Making a repository internal

Note: Internal repositories are available with GitHub Enterprise Cloud and GitHub Enterprise Server 2.20+. For more information, see "GitHub's products."

Making a repository public

Making a repository private

  1. On GitHub Enterprise Server, navigate to the main page of the repository.
  2. Under your repository name, click Settings.
    Repository settings button
  3. Under "Danger Zone", next to "Make this repository private", click Make private.
    Make private button
  4. Read the warnings about making a repository private.
    Warnings popup
  5. Type the name of the repository that you want to make private, for example accountname/reponame.
  6. Click I understand, make this repository private.

Making a repository public

  1. On GitHub Enterprise Server, navigate to the main page of the repository.
  2. Under your repository name, click Settings.
    Repository settings button
  3. Under "Danger Zone", next to "Make this repository public", click Make public.
    Make public button
  4. Read the warnings about making a repository public.
    Pop-up with information about making a private repository public
  5. Type the name of the repository that you want to make public, for example accountname/reponame.
  6. Click I understand, make this repository public.

Making a repository internal

  1. On GitHub Enterprise Server, navigate to the main page of the repository.
  2. Under your repository name, click Settings.
    Repository settings button
  3. Under "Danger Zone", next to "Make this repository internal", click Make internal.
    Make internal button
  4. Read the warnings about making a repository internal.
    Warnings popup
  5. Type the name of the repository that you want to make internal, for example accountname/reponame.
  6. Click I understand, make this repository internal.

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