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Setting up a trial of GitHub Enterprise Cloud

Learn how to set up a trial of GitHub Enterprise Cloud, what is included in the trial, and what happens when the trial ends.

GitHub Enterprise Cloud is designed for large businesses or teams who collaborate on GitHub.com. For more information, see "About GitHub Enterprise Cloud."

You can set up a trial to evaluate the additional features that come with GitHub Enterprise Cloud, such as SAML single sign-on (SSO), internal repositories, and audit log streaming. For a list of available features, see our Pricing page.

Set up a trial of GitHub Enterprise Cloud

To set up a trial, you must be signed in to a personal account. If you don't have a personal account, see "Creating an account on GitHub."

You do not need to provide a payment method during the trial.

Is the trial right for me?

The self-serve trial is not right for you if your company:

  • Wants to try Enterprise Managed Users
  • Wants to try GitHub Enterprise Server alongside GitHub Enterprise Cloud
  • Has a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement
  • Needs to connect an Azure subscription to the enterprise during the trial

If any of these apply and you want to set up a trial, contact GitHub's Sales team.

What is included in the trial?

The trial lasts for 30 days and includes the following features.

  • Access to most GitHub Enterprise Cloud features.
  • An enterprise account, which allows you to manage multiple organizations. See "Types of GitHub accounts."
  • Up to 50 seats to grant access to users.
  • The option to set up a free trial of GitHub Advanced Security to test features such as code scanning and secret scanning. See "Setting up a trial of GitHub Advanced Security."

Features not included in the trial

  • Enterprise Managed Users
  • GitHub Codespaces
  • GitHub Copilot Business or GitHub Copilot Enterprise
  • GitHub Sponsors
  • Paid GitHub Marketplace apps
  • GitHub Connect
  • For GitHub Actions, increased minutes, job concurrency, and larger runners

If you invite an existing organization into your trial enterprise, all of these features will be disabled. If you remove the organization from the enterprise, the features will be re-enabled.

During the trial

After you set up your trial, you can explore GitHub Enterprise Cloud by following the suggested tasks on the "Getting started" tab of your enterprise account.

You can create up to three new organizations in the trial enterprise, or transfer any number of existing organizations.

  • You cannot transfer organizations that have free or paid GitHub Marketplace apps. Free apps are supported for new organizations in the trial.
  • Billing for transferred organizations is paused during the trial and any coupons are removed. To reapply a coupon, contact GitHub Support.
  • Organizations created during the trial cannot be removed from the enterprise account until you purchase GitHub Enterprise.

What happens when the trial ends?

You can end your trial at any time by purchasing GitHub Enterprise or canceling the trial. Otherwise, after 30 days, your trial will expire.

If you purchase GitHub Enterprise:

  • You'll now be charged for each unique user in your enterprise.
  • You can add more seats to your subscription, up to 1,000.

If you cancel your trial:

  • Organizations that you transferred into the enterprise are removed and reverted to their previous plans and settings.
  • Enterprise owners and members lose access to the enterprise account and any organizations that you created during the trial.

If your trial expires:

  • Organizations that you transferred into the enterprise are removed and reverted to their previous plans and settings.
  • Enterprise owners and members retain access to the enterprise account and organizations created during the trial in a downgraded state, allowing you to either upgrade to GitHub Enterprise or move assets elsewhere.
  • You can delete an expired trial to remove people's access to the enterprise and organizations created during the trial.

For more information about the effects of downgrading an organization, see "Downgrading your account's plan."

Ending your trial

You can end a trial by purchasing GitHub Enterprise or by canceling the trial. If a trial has expired, you can delete the trial.

  1. In the top-right corner of GitHub Enterprise Server, click your profile photo, then click Enterprise settings.

    Screenshot of the drop-down menu that appears when you click the profile photo on GitHub Enterprise Server. The "Enterprise settings" option is highlighted in a dark orange outline.

  2. In the enterprise account sidebar, click Settings.

  3. Under Settings, click Billing.

  4. Click Buy Enterprise, Cancel trial, or Delete trial.

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