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21 April 2011, 11:21

GitHub surpasses two million repositories

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GitHub Logo GitHub has announced that its project repository service has reached more than two million git repositories. The major milestone comes less than one year after the one millionth git repository was created in late July of last year.

According to GitHub's Kyle Neath, the two million repositories are comprised of more than 1.1 million GitHub Projects and 900,000 "Gists" or code snippets. Neath says that, while many people assume that GitHub is "filled with Ruby and Javascript projects", there are over 225,000 Ruby Projects, 138,000 JavaScript Projects and 77,000 Python Projects, with "Other Projects" coming to 560,000. "The most prominent project language on GitHub? Everything else. Remember that our languages page counts the amount of code," added Neath.

Zoom There are now more than 1.1 million GitHub projects.
Source: GitHub
Launched in February of 2008, GitHub provides hosted repositories for Git, the distributed revision control system developed by Linus Torvalds, enhancing the system with its own web front-end and tools. GitHub has become one of the most active venues for open source developers to share, discuss and develop their code, building on Git's ability to allow developers to clone a code repository and work with the code without having to coordinate pushing changes back.

The site makes its money from paid plans for individuals and organisations that want their repositories hosted privately. Open source projects don't have to pay for the service and have access to unlimited public repositories and public collaborators.

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