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About GitHub Pages

You can use GitHub Pages to host a website about yourself, your organization, or your project directly from a repository on GitHub AE.

GitHub Pages is available in internal and private repositories with GitHub AE. GitHub Pages is available in public repositories with GitHub Free and GitHub Free for organizations, and in public and private repositories with GitHub Pro, GitHub Team, GitHub Enterprise Cloud, and GitHub Enterprise Server.

About GitHub Pages

GitHub Pages is a static site hosting service that takes HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files straight from a repository on GitHub AE, optionally runs the files through a build process, and publishes a website. You can see examples of GitHub Pages sites in the GitHub Pages examples collection.

To get started, see "Creating a GitHub Pages site."

Types of GitHub Pages sites

There are three types of GitHub Pages sites: project, user, and organization. Project sites are connected to a specific project hosted on GitHub AE, such as a JavaScript library or a recipe collection. User and organization sites are connected to a specific account on GitHub AE.

To publish a user site, you must create a repository owned by your personal account that's named <username>.<hostname>. To publish an organization site, you must create a repository owned by an organization that's named <organization>.<hostname>. User and organization sites are available at http(s)://pages.<hostname>/<username> or http(s)://pages.<hostname>/<organization>.

The source files for a project site are stored in the same repository as their project. Project sites are available at http(s)://pages.<hostname>/<username>/<repository>/ or http(s)://pages.<hostname>/<organization>/<repository>/.

You can only create one user or organization site for each account on GitHub AE. Project sites, whether owned by an organization or a personal account, are unlimited.

Publishing sources for GitHub Pages sites

Warning: GitHub Pages sites are visible to all enterprise members, even if the repository for the site is private. If you have sensitive data in your site's repository, you may want to remove the data before publishing. For more information, see "About repositories."

Your GitHub Pages site will publish whenever changes are pushed to a specific branch. You can specify which branch and folder to use as your publishing source. The source branch can be any branch in your repository, and the source folder can either be the root of the repository (/) on the source branch or a /docs folder on the source branch. Whenever changes are pushed to the source branch, the changes in the source folder will be published to your GitHub Pages site.

For more information, see "Configuring a publishing source for your GitHub Pages site."

Static site generators

GitHub Pages publishes any static files that you push to your repository. You can create your own static files or use a static site generator to build your site for you. You can also customize your own build process locally or on another server.

We recommend Jekyll, a static site generator with built-in support for GitHub Pages and a simplified build process. For more information, see "About GitHub Pages and Jekyll."

GitHub Pages will use Jekyll to build your site by default. If you want to use a static site generator other than Jekyll, disable the Jekyll build process by creating an empty file called .nojekyll in the root of your publishing source, then follow your static site generator's instructions to build your site locally.

GitHub Pages does not support server-side languages such as PHP, Ruby, or Python.

Limits on use of GitHub Pages

GitHub Pages is not intended for or allowed to be used as a free web-hosting service to run your online business, e-commerce site, or any other website that is primarily directed at either facilitating commercial transactions or providing commercial software as a service (SaaS). GitHub Pages sites shouldn't be used for sensitive transactions like sending passwords or credit card numbers.

In addition, your use of GitHub Pages is subject to the GitHub Terms of Service, including the restrictions on get-rich-quick schemes, sexually obscene content, and violent or threatening content or activity.

Educational exercises

Using GitHub Pages to create a copy of an existing website as a learning exercise is not prohibited. However, in addition to complying with the the GitHub Terms of Service, you must write the code yourself, the site must not collect any user data, and you must include a prominent disclaimer on the site indicating that the project is not associated with the original and was only created for educational purposes.

Usage limits

GitHub Pages sites are subject to the following usage limits:

  • GitHub Pages source repositories have a recommended limit of 1 GB.
  • Published GitHub Pages sites may be no larger than 1 GB.
  • GitHub Pages deployments will timeout if they take longer than 10 minutes.

MIME types on GitHub Pages

A MIME type is a header that a server sends to a browser, providing information about the nature and format of the files the browser requested. GitHub Pages supports more than 750 MIME types across thousands of file extensions. The list of supported MIME types is generated from the mime-db project.

While you can't specify custom MIME types on a per-file or per-repository basis, you can add or modify MIME types for use on GitHub Pages. For more information, see the mime-db contributing guidelines.

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