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Setting repository visibility

You can choose who can view your repository.

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.

Warning: Changes to the visibility of a large repository or repository network may affect data integrity. Visibility changes can also have unintended effects on forks. GitHub recommends the following before changing the visibility of a repository network.

  • Wait for a period of reduced activity on your GitHub Enterprise Server instance.

  • Contact your site administrator before proceeding. Your site administrator can contact GitHub Enterprise Support for further guidance.

Making a repository private

Making a repository internal

Making a repository public

Changing a repository's visibility

  1. On your GitHub Enterprise Server instance, navigate to the main page of the repository.

  2. Under your repository name, click Settings. Repository settings button

  3. Under "Danger Zone", to the right of to "Change repository visibility", click Change visibility. Change visibility button

  4. Select a visibility.

    Dialog of options for repository visibility

  5. To verify that you're changing the correct repository's visibility, type the name of the repository you want to change the visibility of.

  6. Click I understand, change repository visibility.

    Confirm change of repository visibility button

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