Article version: Enterprise Server 2.15

This version of GitHub Enterprise will be discontinued on This version of GitHub Enterprise was discontinued on 2019-10-16. 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.

Managing your GitHub Enterprise Server license

You can download or update your GitHub Enterprise Server license.

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About GitHub Enterprise licenses

When you purchase or renew GitHub Enterprise, you receive a license file to validate your application. A license file has an expiration date and controls the number of user licenses that you can add to GitHub Enterprise. After you download and install GitHub Enterprise, uploading the license file unlocks the application for you to use.

If your GitHub Enterprise Server license expires, you won't be able to access your GitHub Enterprise Server instance via a web browser or Git. If needed, you will be able to use command-line utilities to back up all your data. For more information, see "Configuring backups on your appliance." If you have any questions about renewing your license, please contact our sales and account management team.

Uploading a new license to GitHub Enterprise Server

After you purchase a new license or upgrade an existing license, you must download your new license file and then upload the file to GitHub Enterprise Server to unlock your new user licenses.

If you'd like to renew or add user licenses to GitHub Enterprise, please contact our sales and account management team. Your new license file will be available for download immediately after you complete your order.

  1. Sign in to the GitHub Enterprise web portal.

  2. Open the download page.

  3. Click Download license.

    Download license

  4. In the upper-right corner of any page, click .

    Rocketship icon for accessing site admin settings

  5. Under "GitHub Enterprise License", click Update license.

    Update license button

  6. To select your license, click License file, or drag your license from your local filesystem onto License file.

    Upload license file

  7. Click Upload.

    Begin upgrade

If you have any questions, please contact our sales and account management team.

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