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This is a timeline of GitHub, a web-based Git or version control repository and Internet hosting service.

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Time Period Development summary More details
2008 Conception, initial launch, and core features GitHub is founded initially as Logical Awesome in February and the website launches in April. Core parts of GitHub launch during this year, including the company blog, per-project wikis, GitHub Gist, and GitHub Pages.[1]
2009 – June 2013 Continued growth and product releases GitHub continues to release products including GitHub Enterprise, Redcarpet, and Hubot. Many companies that now regularly use GitHub – including Facebook and Google – join GitHub during this period.[2]
July 2013 – September 2015 Continued growth and product releases; outreach; attacks and censorship against the site; CEO resigns GitHub continues to launch a series of products and enhancements to existing products. For the desktop, it releases Electron, Atom, and a desktop client. In terms of outreach, it launches the Bug Bounty Program, ChooseALicense.com, GitHub Classroom, GitHub Student Developer Pack, and the GitHub Engineering blog. The GitHub website also experiences multiple attacks as well as censorship from governments. In April 2014, co-founder and CEO Tom Preston-Werner resigns the company following allegations of harassment.[3]
October 2015 – present Change in pricing model GitHub changes its pricing model from a repository-based one to a user-based one; in the process, it introduces unlimited private repositories for paying customers.[4][5]
June 2018 – present Microsoft era GitHub is acquired by Microsoft and becomes its subsidiary. The service surpasses 100 million repositories.

Full timeline

Year Month and date Event type Details
2005 7 April Background The initial version of Git, a version control system with support for data integrity,[6] is released. Git would come to power GitHub.[7]
2007 1 October Company Development of the GitHub platform begins.[1]
2008 8 February Company GitHub is founded.[1]
2008 22 February Product GitHub launches its company blog. In the announcement blog post, GitHub notes that per-project wikis have also launched.[8]
2008 April Product Tom Preston-Werner, Chris Wanstrath, and PJ Hyett launch the GitHub website after having made it available a few months prior as a beta release.[9]
2008 18 June Userbase Reddit joins GitHub.[10]
2008 9 July Userbase Yahoo! joins GitHub.[11]
2008 21 July Product GitHub launches Gist, a pastebin-style service with versioning.[12][13]
2008 5 November Product The initial version of Jekyll, a static site generator, is released by GitHub CEO Tom Preston-Werner.[14][15] Jekyll would come to power GitHub Pages.
2008 14 December Userbase The Sunlight Foundation, an American 501(c)(3) nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates for open government,[16] joins GitHub.[17] By September 2010, the foundation would have 97 software projects hosted on GitHub.[18]
2008 18 December Product GitHub announces GitHub Pages, a way for users to create custom websites.[19]
2008 Competition Bitbucket launches.
2009 29 January Userbase Twitter joins GitHub.[20]
2009 24 February Growth (repository) GitHub team members announce, in a talk at Yahoo! headquarters, that within the first year of being online, GitHub has accumulated over 46,000 public repositories, 17,000 of which were formed in the previous month alone. At this time, about 6,200 repositories have been forked at least once and 4,600 have been merged.
2009 1 April Userbase Facebook joins GitHub.[21]
2009 20 April Product GitHub completes its transition to use GitHub Flavored Markdown on the site. GitHub Flavored Markdown is a variant of the Markdown markup language.[22]
2009 5 July Growth (user) GitHub reaches 100,000 users.[23][24]
2009 27 July Growth (repository) Tom Preston-Werner announces that GitHub has grown to host 90,000 unique public repositories, 12,000 having been forked at least once, for a total of 135,000 repositories.[25]
2009 14 December Product The initial commit to the Semantic Versioning repository is made by Tom Preston-Werner.[26][27]
2010 January Company GitHub Inc starts to operate GitHub.[28]
2010 10 March Product GitHub introduces Compare View, a feature that allows users to compare commits in a Git repository.[29] In July, GitHub would add support for comparing across repositories.[30]
2010 1 July Ruby and JavaScript become the most popular languages on GitHub, with 19% and 17% of the hosted code, respectively.[1]
2010 24 July Growth (repository) GitHub hits 1 million hosted repositories. Of these repositories, 60% are regular repositories while the remaining 40% are Gists.[31][32]
2010 12 August Product GitHub announces that its per-project wikis are now backed by Git. The company also releases Gollum, the software powering these wikis.[33] On the same day, Gollum is declared to be version 1.0.0.[34]
2010 29 December Userbase Pinterest joins GitHub.[35]
2011 19 April Product GitHub releases Redcarpet, a Markdown parsing library based on Upskirt.[36]
2011 20 April Growth (repository) GitHub announces that it is hosting 2 million repositories.[37][38]
2011 2 June Growth ReadWriteWeb reports that GitHub has surpassed SourceForge, Google Code, and CodePlex in total number of commits for the period January to May 2011.[39][40]
2011 23 June Growth (employee) At this time, GitHub has 33 employees.[41]
2011 15 August Product GitHub begins using the Ace code editor when editing files on the web interface.[42]
2011 October (approximate) Competition GitLab launches.[43]
2011 11 October Product The initial version (version 1.0.0) of Hubot, a chatbot developed by GitHub and written in CoffeeScript, is released.[44][45][46][47]
2011 1 November Product GitHub launches GitHub Enterprise. GitHub Enterprise is similar to GitHub's public service but is designed for use by large-scale enterprise software development teams where the enterprise wishes to host their repositories behind a corporate firewall.[2]
2012 17 January Userbase Google joins GitHub.[48]
2012 6 April Userbase The United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announces that it will open source the software it writes or contracts with a third-party to write. The agency decides to host its source code on GitHub.[49][50]
2012 1 July Financial GitHub receives $100 million in a series of investment, primarily from Andreessen Horowitz.[1]
2012 9 July Financial Peter Levine, general partner at GitHub's investor Andreessen Horowitz, states that GitHub has been growing revenue at 300% annually.[51]
2012 1 August Userbase The source code for the petitioning system We the People as well as the mobile apps White House for iOS and White House for Android are released on GitHub.[1]
2012 10 September GitHub experiences service outage due to a poor database migration.[52]
2012 18 October Censorship GitHub goes down due to a distributed denial of service attack.[53]
2012 13 December Growth (employee) At this time, GitHub has 139 employees.[54]
2013 3 January Product GitHub introduces ZeroClipboard to the site, which allows for copying long lines of text and hashes with a single click.[55]
2013 7 January Product GitHub launches Contributions, an addition to user profile pages that shows which repositories the user has been active in, as well as a calendar of activities.[56][57]
2013 14 January User growth, repository growth GitHub reaches 3 million total users. At this time, GitHub also has almost 5 million repositories.[58][59]
2013 21 January Censorship GitHub is blocked in China using DNS hijacking. Confirming the block, a spokesperson for GitHub says: "It does appear that we're at least being partly blocked by the Great Firewall of China".[60] The block would be lifted on January 23, 2013 after an online protest on Sina Weibo.[61]
2013 26 January Censorship GitHub users in China experience a man-in-the-middle attack in which attackers could have possibly intercepted traffic between the site and its users in China. The mechanism of the attack is through a fake SSL certificate.[62] Users attempting to access GitHub received a warning of an invalid SSL certificate, which due to being signed by an unknown authority was quickly detected.[63]
2013 15 February Product GitHub open-sources Boxen, a tool that automates setting up macOS machines.[64]
2013 April Product GitHub adds support for the STL file format for 3D modeling.[65]
2013 5 April Product GitHub moves GitHub Pages to a dedicated domain, github.io. GitHub cites security reasons for the migration: to remove "potential vectors for cross domain attacks targeting the main github.com session" and mitigate phishing attempts. This migration reserves github.com for GitHub itself.[66][67]
2013 9 May Userbase United States president Barack Obama signs Executive Order 13642, "Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information". As part of this new Open Data Policy, data is released on GitHub.[68][69]
2013 23 May Growth (repository) GitHub reaches 3.5 million users and 6 million repositories.[1]
2013 31 May Product GitHub announces the release of Octokit, a set of client libraries for working with the GitHub API.[70]
2013 15 July Product GitHub launches the ChooseALicense.com website to help users choose a free and open-source software license.[71][72]
2013 15 July Product The initial version of Electron (at the time called Atom Shell) is released by GitHub.[73][74][75]
2013 7 August Growth (repository) GitHub reaches 7 million projects by their users.[1]
2013 September Growth (user) GitHub reaches 4 million active users.[76]
2013 20 December Userbase Facebook publishes a blog post about its progress in open-source software. At the time, Facebook has over 90 Git repositories hosted on GitHub.[77]
2013 22 December Growth (employee) At this time, GitHub has 234 employees.[78]
2013 23 December Growth (repository) GitHub announces it has reached 10 million repositories.[79][80]
2013 late in the year Userbase Microsoft joins GitHub.[81]
2014 6 January Acquisition Easel, a browser-based web design tool, announces that it has been acquired by GitHub. GitHub would announce the acquisition several days later.[82][83][84]
2014 9 January Product GitHub launches their Bug Bounty Program.[85][86]
2014 12 February Legal WhatsApp sends a DMCA takedown request to GitHub for alleged copyright and trademark violations.[87][88]
2014 26 February Product GitHub releases the initial version of Atom, a free and open-source[89][90] text and source code editor.[91]
2014 17 March Company GitHub programmer Julie Ann Horvath alleges that founder and CEO Tom Preston-Werner and his wife Theresa engaged in a pattern of harassment against her that led to her leaving the company.[92][1]
2014 April Company GitHub releases a statement denying Horvath's allegations of harassment.[3][93] However, following an internal investigation, GitHub would confirm the claims. GitHub's CEO Chris Wanstrath would write on the company blog, "The investigation found Tom Preston-Werner in his capacity as GitHub's CEO acted inappropriately, including confrontational conduct, disregard of workplace complaints, insensitivity to the impact of his spouse's presence in the workplace, and failure to enforce an agreement that his spouse should not work in the office."[94] CEO Preston-Werner would subsequently resign from the company.
2014 6 May Product GitHub fully releases the source code of its text editor Atom. Previously, many of its libraries and packages were open source, but the editor itself was not.[95]
2014 16 May The Crunchies announces that GitHub is a winner in Best Bootstrapped Startup.[1]
2014 17 July Company GitHub introduces a middle management system. Prior to this, GitHub was a flat organization.[1]
2014 7 October Product GitHub announces the GitHub Student Developer Pack, which gives students access to various premium services from GitHub and other tech companies.[96][97][98]
2014 2 December Censorship Roscomnadzor, Russia's regulatory agency, blocks GitHub for hosting various copies of a suicide manual. Because GitHub uses HTTPS, which encrypts data between a user's computer and GitHub, internet service providers (ISP) are forced to block the whole website instead of the pages in question. Complying ISPs included Beeline, MTS, MGTS, and Megafon. Maxim Ksenzov, the Deputy Head of the Roscomnadzor, said in a statement that the block was due to GitHub not complying with earlier takedown requests for the manual on October 10, 2014.[99] GitHub was also momentarily blocked on October 2, 2014 until the original copy of the manual was deleted.[100]
2014 31 December Censorship GitHub is blocked in India (along with 31 other Websites) over pro-ISIS content posted by users.[101] On 10 January 2015, GitHub would be unblocked. Again, on 12 Sep 2015, GitHub would be blocked all over India.[102]
2015 28 January Product GitHub announces that it has doubled its maximum payout for its bounty program to $10,000.[103]
2015 2 February Userbase The Office of Management and Budget releases budget data for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.[104][105]
2015 7 February Growth (employee) At this time, GitHub has 257 employees.[106]
2015 March Competition Google announces that it would be closing down Google Code on January 15, 2016.[107] Most projects on the site would enter read-only mode on August 24, 2015.[108]
2015 26 March Censorship GitHub falls victim to a massive distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack that lasts for more than 118 hours.[109] The attack, which appeared to originate from China, primarily targeted GitHub-hosted user content describing methods of circumventing Internet censorship.[110][111][112]
2015 30 March Growth (user) GitHub reports having over 9 million users and over 21.1 million repositories, making it the largest host of source code in the world.[113]
2015 8 April Product GitHub announces Git Large File Storage (Git LFS). Git LFS allows users to store and work with large binary files in Git.[114][115]
2015 30 April At the conference Build 2015, Microsoft announces that Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 will have GitHub integrations, and that GitHub Enterprise would become available on Microsoft Azure.[116]
2015 19 May Product GitHub launches the GitHub Engineering blog, which hosts information about GitHub's engineering practices.[117]
2015 3 June Company GitHub announces the formation of GitHub Japan G.K., a subsidiary of GitHub, Inc., as well as its new office in Tokyo, Japan. This new office is the first GitHub office outside of the United States.[118][119]
2015 25 June Product GitHub releases version 1.0 of its Atom text editor.[120][121]
2015 25 July Financial GitHub announces it has raised $250 million in funding in a round led by Sequoia Capital. The round valued the company at approximately $2 billion.[1][122]
2015 12 August Product GitHub launches a desktop client for working with the site, for macOS and Microsoft Windows.[123][124]
2015 15 August Growth (employee) At this time, GitHub has 330 employees.[125]
2015 1 September Growth (user) At this time, GitHub has around 10 million users.[1]
2015 1 September Growth (user) Around this time, 10,000 users are reportedly joining GitHub per weekday.[126]
2015 22 September Product GitHub launches GitHub Classroom, a way for teachers to create and share programming assignments.[127]
2015 24 September Chris Wanstrath, co-founder and CEO of GitHub, is named as one of the Fortune 40 under 40.[128]
2015 1 October – 2 October Conference GitHub Universe 2015 takes place in San Francisco, California.[129] GitHub Universe is GitHub's user conference; the company would continue to host the conference in subsequent years.[130][131]
2015 1 October Product GitHub announces a partnership with Yubico to allow YubiKey authentication on the GitHub website.[132]
2015 3 December Userbase Apple open-sources its programming language Swift and hosts it on GitHub.[133] This also marks the beginning of Apple using GitHub, as the company did not host anything on GitHub prior to this.[134][135]
2016 28 January Growth (repository) At this time, there are over 29 million repositories on GitHub.[38]
2016 28 March Growth (user) GitHub announces that Atom, a text editor it created, has hit 1 million monthly active users.[136] GitHub knows this number because Atom comes with a package called metrics that tracks usage information using Google Analytics and sends it to GitHub.[137]
2016 5 April Company GitHub announces Spokes (called Distributed Git or DGit at the time), GitHub's application-level replication system for Git, which makes GitHub more resilient to server outages.[138][139][140]
2016 9 May Product Version 1 of Electron is released.[141][142]
2016 10 May Product GitHub introduces unlimited private repositories as it changes its pricing model from a repository-based one to a user-based one.[4][5]
2016 17 May Growth (employee) At this time, GitHub has 568 employees.[143]
2016 29 June Code analysis All the open source code in GitHub becomes available in BigQuery, a Representational state transfer web service that enables interactive analysis of massively large datasets working in conjunction with Google Storage.[144]
2016 6 July Userbase Nike, Inc. releases the source code of several of its projects on GitHub.[145][146]
2016 7 September GitHub is ranked #14 on the Forbes Cloud 100 list.[147]
2016 14 September – 15 September Conference GitHub Universe 2016 takes place in San Francisco, California.[148] GitHub Universe is "the flagship user conference for the GitHub community".[149]
2016 8 October Censorship GitHub access is blocked by the Turkish government to prevent email leakage of a hacked account belonging to the country's Energy Minister.[150]
2016 24 December Growth (employee) At this time, GitHub has 592 employees.[151]
2017 14 February Product GitHub launches the Open Source Guides at the dedicated domain name opensource.guide.[152][153]
2017 1 March Product GitHub launches a new Business service tier aimed at companies and other organizations. The service, which allows developers to more effectively collaborate and share their source code, offers an enterprise version of its tools that large companies could host in their own data centers, Amazon Web Services or Azure.[154][155]
2017 3 March Product GitHub announces a new plugin to facilitate for Unity game developers to access Git and GitHub without leaving Unity. The extension allows game developers to integrate Git and Github into their workflow, even if they're versioning large binary assets.[156][157]
2017 1 April Competition Microsoft shuts down CodePlex and recommends migration to GitHub. Brian Harry, the corporate vice president of Microsoft announces: “Over the years, we’ve seen a lot of amazing options come and go but at this point, GitHub is the de facto place for open source sharing and most open source projects have migrated there.”[158][159][160][161][162]
2017 16 May Product GitHub launches new GitHub Desktop Beta and GitHub package for Atom text editor. Both releases provide developers with new ways of working with the GitHub software development platform and the open source Git distributed version control system, beyond the traditional command-line interface (CLI) and browser-based experience.[163][164][165]
2017 22 May Product GitHub announces GitHub Marketplace, a store for development tools that assist with tasks like continuous integration, code reviews, and project management. The purpose is to help developers easily find the right tools to improve and fine-tune their existing workflows.[166][167][168][169]
2017 2 June Survey GitHub publishes its 2017 Open Source Survey, an open set of data designed to help researchers, data enthusiasts and open-source members comprehend the overall needs of the community.[170][171]
2017 5 June Survey Large GitHub survey of open source projects finds open-source software development is almost completely dominated by men, and that most programmers neglect to write documentation. The Survey of about 6,000 contributors also finds widespread harassment.[172][173][174]
2017 19 June The United States National Security Agency (NSA) launches an official GitHub page, sharing code depositories under its NSA Technology Transfer Program.[175][176][177]
2017 June 28 GitHub declares every friday "Open Source Day" as a new initiative to encourage people and organizations to contribute to open source projects.[178][179][180]
2017 July 7 Product GitHub releases Code Owners, a new feature that makes it easier to identify which people need to review changes that have been made to code in a repository. The feature automatically requests reviews from the code owners when a pull request changes any owned files.[181]
2017 9 August Product GitHub releases an upgrade to its “hackable” Atom text editor, adding a native C++ buffer and rewriting the DOM interaction layer.[182]
2017 17 August GitHub CEO and co-founder Chris Wanstrath announces resignation for the second time and becoming executive chairman of the company.[183][184][185][186]
2017 14 September Product Github announces Atom-IDE, a set of packages designed to introduce more automation and functionality to the code-writing process.[187][188]
2017 17 November Product GitHub releases a new service that searches project dependencies in JavaScript and Ruby for known vulnerabilities and then alerts project owners if it finds any.[189][190][191][192][193]
2018 31 January Product GitHub introduces Multiple Commit Authors, a new feature meant to improve collaboration from several developers on the same commits or pull requests and ensures every author gets attribution of their commits in their profile contributions graph and the repository’s statistics.[194][195]
2018 7 February Uber stops using GitHub for in-house code, alleging that hackers behind the 2016 data breach used credentials found on the platform to gain access to an Uber’s AWS S3 bucket.[196][197][198]
2018 9 February Apple orders GitHub to remove a portion of iOS source code leaked online on the previous day. The leak could allow hackers to discover iOS vulnerabilities more easily and make creating iPhone jailbreaks simpler.[199][200]
2018 29 February Cybercrime GitHub suffers and survives a record 1.35-terabit-per-second denial of service attack, which is considered to be the world's largest distributed denial of service attack to date. During the assault, the popular code sharing website's admins notice thousands of systems and devices slamming GitHub's web server. It would later be explained that the attackers hijacked something called “memcaching” — a distributed memory system known for high-performance and demand — to massively amplify the traffic volumes that were being fired at GitHub, resulting in a huge influx of traffic.[201][202][203][204]
2018 March 23 Survey Github announces the discovery of over 4 million vulnerabilities located in 500,000 plus repositories, culminating scanning started in 2017 for known common vulnerabilities and exposures.[205][206][207]
2018 April 19 Product GitHub launches GitHub Learning Lab, an app aimed at giving beginners a learning experience they can actively participate in, without leaving GitHub.[208][209][210][211]
2018 17 May Partnership Microsoft announces new partnership with GitHub and releases the integration of Visual Studio App Center and GitHub which allows users to seamlessly automate DevOps processes right from within the GitHub experience.[212][213][214]
2018 4 June Acquisition Microsoft confirms acquisition of GitHub for US$7.5 billion. The deal is due to be completed before the end of the year. It is reported that Github would continue to operate independently.[215][216][217][218][219][220]
2018 27 July Partnership Google Cloud partners with Microsoft-owned GitHub to make a crucial element of modern software development, continuous Integration, fast and easy. In order to simplify continuous integration, Google Cloud Build is to be added to GitHub, which is connected to Google's Cloud Build, the company's new CI/Continuous Delivery (CD) platform.[221][222][223][224]
2018 19 September Competition Sharing platform GitLab announces having raised US$100 million to expand its suite of tools in competition for market share with GitHub. GitLab achieves a valuation of US$1.1 billion.[225][226][227]
2018 16 October Product Github launches Actions, a workflow automation tool aimed at allowing developers to not just host code on the platform but also run it. GitHub Actions allows continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) right from GitHub itself.[228][229][230][231][232]
2018 26 October Acquisition Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub officially closes, after getting approval from European Union regulators.[233][234][235][236]
2018 8 November Growth (repository) GitHub announces hosting over 100 million repositories. It also announces supporting 31 million developers, who collectively have created over 1.1 billion contributions.[237][238][239][240]
2018 10 November Financial Microsoft announces having made US$1.3 billion in cash payments in connection to its acquisition of GitHub.[241][242]
2018 3 December Acquisition GitHub acquires Spectrum, a community-centric conversational platform which launched in late 2017 and became home to over 5,000 developer and designer communities.[243][244]
2019 7 January Product GitHub opens its private repositories to non-paying users, who now get unlimited private projects with up to three collaborators, an amount being the only limitation.[245][246][247][248][249]
2019 20 February Product GitHub facilitates researchers to look for bugs on its code-hosting site by removing the cap on its bug bounty program's top payout and offering new legal protections for white hat hackers.[250][251][252][253][254]
2019 6 March Microsoft makes the source code for its Windows calculator available on GitHub, encouraging developers to participate in the development of Calculator.[255][256][257][258][259]
2019 22 April Censorship/protest A vocal group of Microsoft employees put forward a petition in defense of a trending GitHub repository they believe could be under threat of Chinese censorship. The repository, called 996.ICU, was established previously in late march by Chinese tech workers protesting extreme overwork under the gruelling 996 working hour system commonly practiced in China.[260][261][262][263][264]

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