GitHub Terms of Service

Read our summary of GitHub's Terms of Service.


  • GitHub respects the confidentiality of private repositories.
  • GitHub disclaims all warranties, meaning the service is provided "as is" without guarantees.
  • GitHub limits its liability, so it won't be liable for many types of damages or losses you might incur.
  • You retain ownership of content you post, but grant GitHub certain rights to it.
  • GitHub may terminate your account at its discretion.
  • You must be at least 13 years old to use the service.
  • You are responsible for securing your own account.
  • You cannot use GitHub for illegal activities, including export control or sanctions violations.
  • You can cancel your account at any time.
  • GitHub may modify the Terms of Service, but will provide 30 days' notice for material changes.
  • You are responsible for any fees associated with your use of GitHub.
  • You may receive a copy of your data upon request after account cancellation, termination, or downgrade.
  • GitHub's API use is subject to additional terms and rate limitations.
  • GitHub offers electronic communication and does not provide phone support.
  • Beta Previews offer a chance to test new features but come with confidentiality obligations.
  • You agree to indemnify GitHub against claims related to your use of the service.
  • Government and business users may be subject to additional terms.
  • No refunds for partial use or downgrades.
  • GitHub will notify you of any legal requests for your data when possible.
  • The governing law for disputes is the laws of the State of California, USA.
  • GitHub's trademarks and logos usage is regulated and requires following specific guidelines.

Things to watch out for

  • GitHub provides its service "as is" and makes no warranty guarantees, which means you bear the risk for any issues that arise from using the service.
  • Your account can be terminated by GitHub at any time, with or without cause.
  • GitHub's limitation of liability means they are not responsible for many types of potential losses or damages you may experience.
  • Changes to the Terms of Service can happen, and continued use after changes implies acceptance, so stay informed of any updates.

AI recommendations

When using GitHub, it's important to understand the implications of the Terms of Service on your content and your use of the platform. Pay particular attention to the rights you grant GitHub when you post your content, and the limitations of liability and disclaimers of warranty, as these could affect your rights in the event of a dispute or service issue. Always keep your account secure and be aware of the terms regarding the use of APIs, as well as the rules around Beta Previews. If you're considering a paid account, review the payment terms carefully, especially regarding refunds and billing changes.


What happens to my content if I cancel my GitHub account?

Your content in private repositories will be deleted within 90 days of cancellation, but content you've contributed to other users' repositories or that has been forked may remain on the platform.

Can I get a refund if I stop using GitHub's paid services?

GitHub's policy states that there are no refunds for partial months of service, downgrade refunds, or for months unused with an open account.

Is my private content on GitHub truly private?

GitHub treats the content of private repositories as confidential and will protect it with a reasonable degree of care. However, GitHub personnel may access it under certain conditions outlined in their Privacy Statement.

(Last updated: 15th December, 2023)

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