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Creating a project

Learn how to create an organization or user project.

Projects (beta) are an adaptable collection of items that stay up-to-date with GitHub data. Your projects can track issues, pull requests, and ideas that you note down. You can add custom fields and create views for specific purposes.

You can also choose to use an existing project as a template and copy the views and custom fields to a new project. For more information, see "Copying an existing project."

Creating a project

Creating an organization project

Organization projects can track issues and pull requests from the organization's repositories.

  1. In the upper-right corner of GitHub, select your profile photo, then click Your organizations.

  2. Click the name of your organization.

  3. Under your organization name, click Projects.

    Screenshot showing profile tabs. The 'Projects' tab is highlighted with an orange outline.

  4. Click New project.

  5. Optionally, in the text box under "Project name", type a name for your new project.

    Screenshot showing the template selection modal. The title field is highlighted with an orange outline.

  6. Click a template or, to start with an empty project, click Table, Roadmap, or Board.

  7. Click Create.

Creating a user project

User projects can track issues and pull requests from the repositories owned by your personal account.

  1. In the top right corner of GitHub, click your profile photo, then click Your profile.

    Screenshot of the dropdown menu under @octocat's profile picture. "Your profile" is outlined in dark orange.

  2. On your profile, click Projects.

    Screenshot showing profile tabs. The 'Projects' tab is highlighted with an orange outline.

  3. Click New project.

  4. Optionally, in the text box under "Project name", type a name for your new project.

    Screenshot showing the template selection modal. The title field is highlighted with an orange outline.

  5. Click a template or, to start with an empty project, click Table, Roadmap, or Board.

  6. Click Create.

Updating your project description and README

You can set your project's description and README to share the purpose of your project, provide instructions on how to use the project, and include any relevant links.

  1. Navigate to your project.

  2. In the top-right, click to open the menu.

    Screenshot showing a project's menu bar. The menu icon is highlighted with an orange outline.

  3. In the menu, click Settings to access the project settings.

  4. To add a short description to your project, under "Add a description", type your description in the text box and click Save.

  5. To update your project's README, under "README", type your content in the text box.

    • You can format your README using Markdown. For more information, see "Basic writing and formatting syntax."
    • To toggle between the text box and a preview of your changes, click or .
  6. To save changes to your README, click Save.

You can view and make quick changes to your project description and README by navigating to your project and clicking in the top right.

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