Setting repository visibility

You can choose who can view your repository.

About repository visibility changes

Organization owners can restrict the ability to change repository visibility to organization owners only. For more information, see "Restricting repository visibility changes in your organization."

We recommend reviewing the following caveats before you change the visibility of a repository.

Warning: Changes to the visibility of a large repository or repository network may affect data integrity. Visibility changes can also have unintended effects on forks. GitHub recommends the following before changing the visibility of a repository network.

Making a repository private

  • If you change a repository's visibility from internal to private, GitHub will remove forks that belong to any user without access to the newly private repository. If the internal repository has any forks, the visibility of the forks is already private. For more information, see "What happens to forks when a repository is deleted or changes visibility?"
  • Any published GitHub Pages site will be automatically unpublished.

Making a repository internal

Note: Internal repositories are available on GitHub Enterprise Cloud for organizations that are owned by an enterprise account, GitHub AE, and GitHub Enterprise Server 2.20+. For more information, see "GitHub's products" and "About enterprise accounts."

Changing a repository's visibility

  1. On your enterprise, navigate to the main page of the repository.

  2. Under your repository name, click Settings. Repository settings button

  3. Under "Danger Zone", to the right of to "Change repository visibility", click Change visibility. Change visibility button

  4. Select a visibility.

    Dialog of options for repository visibility

  5. To verify that you're changing the correct repository's visibility, type the name of the repository you want to change the visibility of.

  6. Click I understand, change repository visibility.

    Confirm change of repository visibility button

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