GitHub Now Has 100 Million Repositories

Posted on November 9, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Cloud with 7 Comments

Microsoft’s GitHub now recently reached a major milestone. The service now has a total of 100 million repositories from developers all across the world.

The service now has a total of 31 million developers in “nearly” every country in the world, with more than 1.1 billion contributions. The service only started 10 years ago, and 100 million repositories is a really big achievement. It’s not clear exactly how much of these are public, open-source repositories and how many are private repositories, however.

GitHub says the company is seeing an average of 1.6 repositories created every second on the platform, and that’s quite a lot if you think about it. Top open source projects on the platform include Microsoft’s on code editor Visual Studio Code with 19 thousand contributors, followed by Facebook’s React Native project with 10 thousand contributors, and Google’s TensorFlow with 9.3 thousand contributors.

Microsoft’s Azure Docs, which is literally just a repository for Microsoft Azure’s documentation, is the fastest growing open source project on GitHub. React, Android, and Node.js are among the top popular repository topics on the service.

GitHub’s growth mainly comes from the cultural change in the industry. More and more large software companies and startups are embracing open source software, and that has led to a rapid increase in open source contributions. Microsoft purchased GitHub earlier this year for a whopping $7.5 billion, and that just shows the worth of GitHub in general.

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Comments (7)

7 responses to “GitHub Now Has 100 Million Repositories”

  1. dontbe evil

    but but after MS acquisition everybody moved away /s

  2. madthinus

    Still think this was a smart buy for Microsoft.

    • bart

      In reply to madthinus:

      Just for my understanding, how is MS to benefit from this?

      • IanYates82

        In reply to Bart:

        Being where developers are, even if tangentially. Also stopped it being bought by a major competitor after Microsoft had gone all-in on using it for many of their development workflows. Someone was going to buy Github - it was losing money and had been hunting for a new CEO for quite some time.

  3. skane2600

    To put that number into perspective, Google Drive has over 2 trillion files.


    Obviously not all Google Drive users are professional developers, but then again, neither are all github users :)