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Enabling unified search for your enterprise

You can allow users to include repositories on GitHub.com in their search results when searching from your enterprise.

Who can use this feature

Enterprise owners can enable unified search between GitHub AE and GitHub.com.

Note: GitHub Connect for GitHub AE is currently in beta and subject to change.

When you enable unified search, users can view search results from content on GitHub.com when searching from your enterprise on GitHub AE.

You can choose to allow search results for public repositories on GitHub.com, and you can separately choose to allow search results for private repositories on GitHub Enterprise Cloud. If you enable unified search for private repositories, users can only search private repositories that they have access to and that are owned by the connected organization or enterprise account. For more information, see "About searching on GitHub."

Users will never be able to search your enterprise from GitHub.com, even if they have access to both environments.

After you enable unified search for your enterprise, before individual users can see search results from private repositories on GitHub.com in your enterprise, each user must also connect their user account on GitHub AE with a user account on GitHub.com. For more information, see "Enabling GitHub.com repository search in your private enterprise account."

Searching via the REST and GraphQL APIs does not include GitHub.com search results. Advanced search and searching for wikis in GitHub.com are not supported.

Before you can enable unified search, you must enable GitHub Connect. For more information, see "Managing GitHub Connect."

  1. Sign into your enterprise and GitHub.com.
  2. In the top-right corner of GitHub AE, click your profile photo, then click Enterprise settings. "Enterprise settings" in drop-down menu for profile photo on GitHub AE
  3. In the enterprise account sidebar, click GitHub Connect. GitHub Connect tab in the enterprise account sidebar
  4. Under "Users can search GitHub.com", use the drop-down menu and click Enabled. Enable search option in the search GitHub.com drop-down menu
  5. Optionally, under "Users can search private repositories on GitHub.com", use the drop-down menu and click Enabled. Enable private repositories search option in the search GitHub.com drop-down menu