About GitHub at IU

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GitHub is a web-based interface for collaborating on software and documentation projects. It provides version control, issue tracking, and wiki space for hosted projects. GitHub uses Git, a distributed version control system used in the Linux kernel, the Android mobile platform, and other projects.

Indiana University hosts an enterprise installation GitHub, available for use by IU students, faculty, staff, and their collaborators, at GitHub:IU. To get started, log in with your IU username and passphrase. From there, you can create a repository for your project.

Do not store Restricted or Classified information in your repositories. GitHub:IU is approved to store only Public and University Internal documentation. Do not store any passwords.

Once you have created your first repository at GitHub:IU, you can push a repository from your local machine. However, to push, pull, and commit repositories from your local machine, you must have the Git software installed. If Git is not already installed on your local machine, download it from one of the following locations, depending on your operating system:

  • If your Git (or SSH) client prompts you with a challenge message asking whether you want to accept and save a new host key for IU's GitHub instance, enter y or click Accept & Save (depending on your client) to add the new key to your host key database and connect.
  • The GitHub:IU service is unavailable during its regularly scheduled maintenance window, Sunday 8am-noon.

Get help

For complete documentation, see GitHub Support and the Git User's Manual. For instructions on adding your SSH keys to GitHub, see Connecting to GitHub with SSH. To access the Reference Manual (online versions of the manual pages included in the Git package), an online version of Pro Git (the book written by Scott Chacon and Ben Straub), and a page of short video tutorials, see the Git Documentation page.

General help

Review GitHub Support and the Git User's Manual. Other third-party resources may also be helpful.


If you are using GitHub for a class, contact your professor for help.

Faculty and staff

For help, email IU's GitHub support team.

  • Collaborators outside of IU will be required to have an affiliate account.
  • Users no longer active in the university will have their content removed after a year.

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Last modified on 2023-09-11 15:26:42.