Usage limits, billing, and administration

There are usage limits for GitHub Actions workflows. Usage charges apply to repositories that go beyond the amount of free minutes and storage for a repository.

GitHub Actions is available with GitHub Free, GitHub Pro, GitHub Free for organizations, GitHub Team, GitHub Enterprise Cloud, GitHub Enterprise Server, and GitHub One. GitHub Actions is not available for private repositories owned by accounts using legacy per-repository plans. For more information, see "GitHub's products."

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About billing for GitHub Actions

GitHub Actions usage is free for public repositories and self-hosted runners. For private repositories, each GitHub account receives a certain amount of free minutes and storage, depending on the product used with the account. For more information, see "About billing for GitHub Actions."

Usage limits

There are some limits on GitHub Actions usage when using GitHub-hosted runners. These limits are subject to change.

Note: For self-hosted runners, different usage limits apply. For more information, see "About self-hosted runners."

  • Job execution time - Each job in a workflow can run for up to 6 hours of execution time. If a job reaches this limit, the job is terminated and fails to complete.

  • Workflow run time - Each workflow run is limited to 72 hours. If a workflow run reaches this limit, the workflow run is cancelled.

  • API requests - You can execute up to 1000 API requests in an hour across all actions within a repository. If exceeded, additional API calls will fail, which might cause jobs to fail.

  • Concurrent jobs - The number of concurrent jobs you can run in your account depends on your GitHub plan, as indicated in the following table. If exceeded, any additional jobs are queued.

    GitHub planTotal concurrent jobsMaximum concurrent macOS jobs
  • Job matrix - - Job matrix - A job matrix can generate a maximum of 256 jobs per workflow run. This limit also applies to self-hosted runners.

Usage policy

In addition to the usage limits, you must ensure that you use GitHub Actions within the GitHub Terms of Service. For more information on GitHub Actions-specific terms, see the GitHub Additional Product Terms.

Disabling or limiting GitHub Actions for your repository or organization

By default, GitHub Actions is enabled on all repositories and organizations. You can choose to disable GitHub Actions or limit them to private actions only, which means that people can only use actions that exist in your repository.

For more information, see "Disabling or limiting GitHub Actions for a repository" or "Disabling or limiting GitHub Actions for your organization."

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