You can convert your user account into an organization. This allows more granular permissions for repositories that belong to the organization.

Warning: Before converting a user into an organization, keep these points in mind:

  • You will no longer be able to sign into the converted user account.
  • You will no longer be able to create or modify gists owned by the converted user account.
  • An organization cannot be converted back to a user.
  • The SSH keys, and associated user information, will not be transferred to the organization. This is only true for the user account that's being converted, not any of the user account's collaborators.
  • Any commits made with the converted user account will no longer be linked to that account. The commits themselves will remain intact.

1. Create a personal account

You cannot access repositories that belong to an organization unless you are a member of one of its teams. As a result, you'll need to create a second user account that will let you access the organization after you convert. You can add this second user account to the Owners team in the new organization.

If you want your new organization to have the name that you are currently using for your personal account, you must:

  1. Change the name of your personal user account to something new and wonderful.
  2. Create a new organization with the original name of your personal user account.

2. Leave any organizations you're already a member of

If the user you're converting is already a member of other organizations, you must first leave the other organizations.

3. Convert the account into an organization

  1. In the top right corner of any page, click . Settings icon in the user bar
  2. In your user settings sidebar, click Organizations. User settings for organizations

  3. Under "Transform account", click Turn into an organization. Organization conversion button

  4. In the Account Transformation Warning dialog box, review and confirm the conversion. Note that the information in this box is the same as the warning at the top of this article. Conversion warning
  5. On the "Transform your user into an organization" page, under "Choose an organization owner", choose either the secondary personal account you created in the previous section or another user you trust to manage the organization. Add organization owner page
  6. Once you've chosen an owner, click Create Organization. Create an organization button

Tip: When a user account is converted to an organization, we'll invite collaborators on repositories that belong to the account to a team that gives access to the repository.

4. Sign in to the organization

If you added your secondary personal account as the new owner in the last step of the conversion process, sign in to that account, and in the account context switcher, you'll be able to access your new organization.

Context switcher with new organization selected

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