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Setting up a trial of GitHub Enterprise Cloud

You can try GitHub Enterprise Cloud for free.

Try GitHub Enterprise Cloud for free

About GitHub Enterprise Cloud

GitHub Enterprise Cloud is a plan for large businesses or teams who collaborate on GitHub.com. For more information about how businesses can use GitHub's products to support their software development lifecycle, see "About GitHub for enterprises."

Your team can collaborate on GitHub by using an organization account, which serves as a container for your shared work and gives the work a unique name and brand.

Each person that uses GitHub always signs into a personal account, and multiple personal accounts can collaborate on shared projects by joining the same organization account. A subset of these personal accounts can be given the role of organization owner, which allows those people to granularly manage access to the organization's resources using sophisticated security and administrative features. For more information about accounts, see "Types of GitHub accounts."

You can use organizations for free with GitHub Free, which includes limited features. For additional features, such as SAML single sign-on (SSO), access control for GitHub Pages, and included GitHub Actions minutes, you can upgrade to GitHub Enterprise Cloud. For a detailed list of the features available with GitHub Enterprise Cloud, see our Pricing page.

You can set up a trial of GitHub Enterprise Cloud to evaluate these additional features on a new or existing organization account.

Trials are also available for GitHub Enterprise Server. For more information, see "Setting up a trial of GitHub Enterprise Server."

If you're not sure whether GitHub Enterprise Cloud, GitHub Enterprise Server, or both are best for your organization, contact GitHub's Sales team. If your organization has 11 or fewer developers, consider GitHub Team; organizations with 12 or more developers typically benefit the most from GitHub Enterprise. For more information, see "GitHub's products."

About trials of GitHub Enterprise Cloud

You can set up a 30-day trial to evaluate GitHub Enterprise Cloud. You do not need to provide a payment method during the trial unless you add GitHub Marketplace apps to your organization that require a payment method. For more information, see "About billing for GitHub Marketplace."

Your trial includes 50 seats. If you need more seats to evaluate GitHub Enterprise Cloud, contact GitHub's Sales team. At the end of the trial, you can choose a different number of seats.

If you configure SAML SSO, members of your organization will continue to sign into their personal accounts on GitHub.com. When a member accesses non-public resources within your organization, GitHub redirects the member to your IdP to authenticate. After successful authentication, your IdP redirects the member back to GitHub. For more information, see "About authentication with SAML single sign-on."

Note: SAML SSO does not replace the normal sign-in process for GitHub. Unless you use Enterprise Managed Users, members will continue to sign into their personal accounts on GitHub.com, and each personal account will be linked to an external identity in your IdP.

For more information, see "About identity and access management with SAML single sign-on" in the GitHub Enterprise Cloud documentation.

Enterprise Managed Users is not part of the free trial of GitHub Enterprise Cloud. If you're interested in Enterprise Managed Users, please contact GitHub's Sales team.

Setting up your trial of GitHub Enterprise Cloud

Before you can try GitHub Enterprise Cloud, you must be signed into a personal account. If you don't already have a personal account on GitHub.com, you must create one. For more information, see "Signing up for a new GitHub account."

  1. Navigate to GitHub for enterprises.
  2. Click Start a free trial. "Start a free trial" button
  3. Click Enterprise Cloud. "Enterprise Cloud" button
  4. Follow the prompts to configure your trial.

Exploring GitHub Enterprise Cloud

After you set up your trial, you can explore GitHub Enterprise Cloud by following the suggested tasks on the "Overview" tab of your organization. If you've previously dismissed the tasks, you can access them again by clicking Get started with suggested tasks at the top of the page.

"Get started with suggested tasks" button

You can read documentation that reflects the features available to you on GitHub. For more information, see "About versions of GitHub Docs."

For information on planned features and products, see the GitHub public roadmap.

Finishing your trial

You can buy GitHub Enterprise at any time during your trial. Purchasing GitHub Enterprise ends your trial, removing the 50-seat maximum and initiating payment.

If you don't purchase GitHub Enterprise, when the trial ends, your organization will be downgraded. If you used an existing organization for the trial, the organization will be downgraded to the product you were using before the trial. If you created a new organization for the trial, the organization will be downgraded to GitHub Free.

Your organization will lose access to any functionality that is not included in the new product, such as advanced features like GitHub Pages for private repositories. If you don't plan to upgrade, to avoid losing access to advanced features, consider making affected repositories public before your trial ends. For more information, see "Setting repository visibility."

Downgrading also disables any SAML settings configured during the trial period. If you later purchase GitHub Enterprise, your SAML settings will be enabled again for users in your organization to authenticate.

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

  2. Next to the organization, click Settings. The settings button

  3. In the "Access" section of the sidebar, click Billing and plans.

  4. Under "GitHub Enterprise Cloud Free Trial", click Buy Enterprise or Downgrade to Team. Buy Enterprise and Downgrade to Team buttons

  5. Follow the prompts to enter your payment method, then click Submit.