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Creating a GitHub Pages site

You can create a GitHub Pages site in a new or existing repository.

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. For more information, see "GitHub's products."

Note: Organization owners can restrict the publication of GitHub Pages sites from repositories owned by the organization. For more information, see "Managing the publication of GitHub Pages sites."

Creating a repository for your site

If your site is an independent project, you can create a new repository to store your site's source code. If your site is associated with an existing project, you can add the source code to that project's repository, in a /docs folder on the default branch or on a different branch. For example, if you're creating a site to publish documentation for a project that's already on GitHub, you may want to store the source code for the site in the same repository as the project.

If the account that owns the repository uses GitHub Free or GitHub Free for organizations, the repository must be public.

If you want to create a site in an existing repository, skip to the "Creating your site" section.

  1. In the upper-right corner of any page, use the drop-down menu, and select New repository. Drop-down with option to create a new repository
  2. Use the Owner drop-down menu, and select the account you want to own the repository. Owner drop-down menu
  3. Type a name for your repository and an optional description. If you're creating a user or organization site, your repository must be named <user> or <organization> If your user or organization name contains uppercase letters, you must lowercase the letters. For more information, see "About GitHub Pages." Create repository field
  4. Choose a repository visibility. For more information, see "About repositories." Radio buttons to select repository visibility
  5. Select Initialize this repository with a README. Initialize this repository with a README checkbox
  6. Click Create repository. Button to create repository

Creating your site

Before you can create your site, you must have a repository for your site on GitHub. If you're not creating your site in an existing repository, see "Creating a repository for your site."

Warning: GitHub Pages sites are publicly available on the internet, 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."

  1. On GitHub, navigate to your site's repository.

  2. Decide which publishing source you want to use. For more information, see "About GitHub Pages."

  3. If your chosen publishing source already exists, navigate to the publishing source. If your chosen publishing source doesn't exist, create the publishing source.

  4. In the root of the publishing source, create a new file called that contains the content you want to display on the main page of your site.

    Tip: If index.html is present, this will be used instead of If neither index.html nor are present, will be used.

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

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

  7. In the "Code and automation" section of the sidebar, click Pages.

  8. To see your published site, under "GitHub Pages", click your site's URL. URL of your published site

    Note: It can take up to 10 minutes for changes to your site to publish after you push the changes to GitHub. If you don't see your GitHub Pages site changes reflected in your browser after an hour, see "About Jekyll build errors for GitHub Pages sites."

  9. If your GitHub Pages site is built from a public repository, it is built and deployed with a GitHub Actions workflow run unless you've configured your GitHub Pages site to use a different CI tool. For more information about how to view the workflow status, see "Viewing workflow run history."

Note: GitHub Actions workflow runs for your GitHub Pages sites are in public beta for public repositories and subject to change. GitHub Actions workflow runs are free for public repositories.

Note: If your site has not published automatically, make sure someone with admin permissions and a verified email address has pushed to the publishing source.

Next steps

You can add more pages to your site by creating more new files. Each file will be available on your site in the same directory structure as your publishing source. For example, if the publishing source for your project site is the gh-pages branch, and you create a new file called /about/ on the gh-pages branch, the file will be available at https://<user><repository>/about/contact-us.html.

You can also add a theme to customize your site’s look and feel. For more information, see "Adding a theme to your GitHub Pages site with the theme chooser."

To customize your site even more, you can use Jekyll, a static site generator with built-in support for GitHub Pages. For more information, see "About GitHub Pages and Jekyll."

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