Following what rivals GitLab and Atlassian BitBucket already have done, the GitHub code-sharing site is offering free private repos as part of its GitHub Free service for small developer groups. Three collaborators are allowed per free private repo. Previously, private repos were fee-based; private repos with more than three collaborators continue to require a paid account.

GitLab’s free tier offers unlimited private projects allowing for 2,000 continuous integration minutes per month on shared runners. BitBucket offers free, unlimited private repos for as many as five users.

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