Adding outside collaborators to repositories in your organization

An outside collaborator is a person who isn't explicitly a member of your organization, but who has Read, Write, or Admin permissions to one or more repositories in your organization.

People with admin access to a repository can add an outside collaborator to the repository.

About outside collaborators

An organization owner can restrict the ability to invite collaborators. For more information, see "Setting permissions for adding outside collaborators."

Before you can add someone as an outside collaborator on a repository, the person must have a user account on your GitHub Enterprise Server instance. If your enterprise uses an external authentication system such as SAML or LDAP, the person you want to add must sign in through that system to create an account. If the person does not have access to the authentication system and built-in authentication is enabled for your enterprise, a site admin can create a user account for the person. For more information, see "Using built-in authentication."

If your organization requires members and outside collaborators to use two-factor authentication, they must enable two-factor authentication before they can accept your invitation to collaborate on an organization repository.

When you add an outside collaborator to a repository, you'll also need to add them to any forks of the repository you'd like them to access.

Adding outside collaborators to a repository

  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. In the left sidebar, click Collaborators & teams. Repository settings sidebar with Collaborators & teams highlighted

  4. Under "Collaborators", type the name of the person you'd like to give access to the repository, then click Add collaborator. The Collaborators section with the Octocat's username entered in the search field

  5. Next to the new collaborator's name, choose the appropriate permission level: Write, Read, or Admin. The repository permissions picker

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