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This version of GitHub Enterprise will be discontinued on 2022-02-16. No patch releases will be made, even for critical security issues. For better performance, improved security, and new features, upgrade to the latest version of GitHub Enterprise. For help with the upgrade, contact GitHub Enterprise support.

Setting up a trial of GitHub Enterprise Cloud

You can try GitHub Enterprise Cloud for free.

Try GitHub Enterprise Cloud for free

About GitHub Enterprise Cloud

GitHub Enterprise Cloud is a plan for large businesses or teams who collaborate on GitHub.com.

Your team can collaborate on GitHub Enterprise Server by using an organization account. Each person that uses GitHub signs into a user account. Multiple user accounts can collaborate on shared projects by joining the same organization account, which owns the repositories. A subset of these user accounts can be given the role of organization owner, which allows those people to granularly manage access to the organization's resources using sophisticated security and administrative features. For more information about accounts, see "Types of GitHub accounts."

You can use organizations for free with GitHub Free, which includes limited features. For additional features, such as SAML single sign-on (SSO), access control for GitHub Pages, and included GitHub Actions minutes, you can upgrade to GitHub Enterprise Cloud. For a detailed list of the features available with GitHub Enterprise Cloud, see our Pricing page.

If you configure SAML SSO, members of your organization will continue to log into their user accounts on GitHub.com. When a member accesses non-public resources within your organization that uses SAML SSO, GitHub redirects the member to your IdP to authenticate. After successful authentication, your IdP redirects the member back to GitHub, where the member can access your organization's resources.

Note: Organization members can perform read operations such as viewing, cloning, and forking on public resources owned by your organization even without a valid SAML session.

For more information, see "[About identity and access management with SAML single sign-on](/enterprise-cloud@latest/organizations/managing-saml-single-sign-on-for-your-organization/about-identity-and-access-management-with-saml-single-sign-on)" in the GitHub Enterprise Cloud documentation.

Enterprise Managed Users is a feature of GitHub Enterprise Cloud that provides even greater control over enterprise members and resources. With Enterprise Managed Users, all members are provisioned and managed through your identity provider (IdP) instead of users creating their own accounts on GitHub Enterprise Server. Team membership can be managed using groups on your IdP. Managed users are restricted to their enterprise and are unable to push code, collaborate, or interact with users, repositories, and organizations outside of their enterprise. For more information, see "About Enterprise Managed Users" in the GitHub Enterprise Cloud documentation.

Enterprise Managed Users is not part of the free trial of GitHub Enterprise Cloud. If you're interested in Enterprise Managed Users, please contact GitHub's Sales team.

If you're not sure whether GitHub Enterprise Cloud, GitHub Enterprise Server, or both are best for your organization, contact GitHub's Sales team. If your organization has 11 or fewer developers, consider GitHub Team; organizations with 12 or more developers typically benefit the most from GitHub Enterprise. For more information, see "GitHub's products."

About trials of GitHub Enterprise Cloud

You can set up a 30-day trial to evaluate GitHub Enterprise Cloud. You do not need to provide a payment method during the trial unless you add GitHub Marketplace apps to your organization that require a payment method. For more information, see "About billing for GitHub Marketplace."

Your trial includes 50 seats. If you need more seats to evaluate GitHub Enterprise Cloud, contact GitHub's Sales team. At the end of the trial, you can choose a different number of seats.

Trials are also available for GitHub Enterprise Server. For more information, see "Setting up a trial of GitHub Enterprise Server."

Setting up your trial of GitHub Enterprise Cloud

Before you can try GitHub Enterprise Cloud, you must be signed into a user account. If you don't already have a user account on GitHub.com, you must create one. For more information, see "Signing up for a new GitHub account."

  1. Navigate to GitHub for enterprises.
  2. Click Start a free trial. "Start a free trial" button
  3. Click Enterprise Cloud. "Enterprise Cloud" button
  4. Follow the prompts to configure your trial.

Exploring GitHub Enterprise Cloud

After setting up your trial, you can explore GitHub Enterprise Cloud by following the Enterprise Onboarding Guide.

You can read documentation that reflects the features available to you on GitHub Enterprise Server. For more information, see "About versions of GitHub Docs."

For information on planned features and products, see the GitHub public roadmap.

Finishing your trial

You can buy GitHub Enterprise or downgrade to GitHub Team at any time during your trial.

If you don't purchase GitHub Enterprise or GitHub Team before your trial ends, your organization will be downgraded to GitHub Free and lose access to any advanced tooling and features that are only included with paid products, including GitHub Pages sites published from those private repositories. If you don't plan to upgrade, to avoid losing access to advanced features, make the repositories public before your trial ends. For more information, see "Setting repository visibility."

Downgrading to GitHub Free for organizations also disables any SAML settings configured during the trial period. Once you purchase GitHub Enterprise or GitHub Team, your SAML settings will be enabled again for users in your organization to authenticate.

  1. In the top right corner of GitHub Enterprise Server, click your profile photo, then click Your organizations. Your organizations in the profile menu
  2. Next to the organization, click Settings. The settings button
  3. In your organization's Settings sidebar, click Billing & plans. Billing settings
  4. Under "GitHub Enterprise Cloud Free Trial", click Buy Enterprise or Downgrade to Team. Buy Enterprise and Downgrade to Team buttons
  5. Follow the prompts to enter your payment method, then click Submit.