GitHub facts for kids
|Type of business||Subsidiary|
Type of site
|Collaborative version control|
|Founded||February 8, 2008(as Logical Awesome LLC)|
|Headquarters||San Francisco, California, United States|
|Alexa rank||▼ 80 (January 2020[update])|
|Registration||Optional (required for creating and joining projects)|
|Users||40 million (Aug 2019)|
|Launched||April 10, 2008|
GitHub is an online software development assistance and version control service. This platform uses Git. It is operated by GitHub, Inc. based in the United States.
In January 2020, GitHub reported that they have more than 40 million users and more than 100 million repositories (including at least 28 million public repositories). Therefore, it is recognized as the largest host of source code in the world.
Currently, there are many individual GitHub users. On the other hand, there are also organizational users such as educational institutions and companies. The following companies are using GitHub to distribute open source projects:
- Google Research (research facility of Google)
- TeX Users Group (A community for LaTeX users)
- Wolfram Research (developer of Wolfram Mathematica)
GitHub was made for users who want to save their programs on their web browsers. But there is also a desktop version known as GitHub Desktop.
Today, there are several GitHub like services for developers. Some of them use Git but have different interface with unique web-design. One of the most famous GitHub rival is GitLab. This is also based on Git. Users can export their programs on GitHub to GitLab.
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