GitHub Has 100 Million Active Users
Written by Sue Gee   
Friday, 27 January 2023

In his keynote at GitHub Universe 2019, then CEO Nat Friedman announced GitHub had more than 40 million active users and predicted that by 2025 it would have 100 million. That target has already been reached.


The announcement was made on January 25, 2023 by Thomas Dohmke  who took over the reins as CEO in 2021. He stated on the GitHub blog:

Today, I’m excited to share that there are now officially more than 100 million developers using GitHub to build, maintain, and contribute to software projects.

This not only puts us two years ahead of schedule, but represents a huge responsibility for us at GitHub to continue putting developers first.

Noting that the first line of code was committed to GitHub in 2007 he used a simple exponential curve for the growth of the community. This is possibly a bit simplistic but Dohmke's other comments about how the community has evolved are worth repeating. Referring to figures he first presented last November at Universe2022, GitHub's annual developer conference, he noted that while in 2015, almost a third of developers on GitHub were from North America nowadays it is Southeast Asia, Africa, and South America that are the fastest growing regions for the community stating:

In India alone, more than 10 million developers use GitHub to build software. And in Brazil, over 3 million new developers use GitHub.

Dohmke went on to comment:

This global exchange of ideas is helping democratize who a developer is, what they work on, and where they live. Developers today are committing code, contributing documentation, and building new solutions to solve new problems on a global level. They’re people working around the world to build software for hospitals, filmmaking, NASA, and the PyTorch project, which powers AI and machine learning applications. 

While Dohmke concentrates here on the open source community's use of GitHub as a code repository, under Mircosoft's ownership its Enterprise offerings have proved lucrative. In an earning's call last October Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella divulged that GitHub had an annual recurring revenue of $1 billion, a massive increase from the reported revenue of $300 million in 2018 when Microsoft paid $7.5 billion to acquire it, a move that seems to have paid dividends for both parties and for the growing developer community.



The GitHub blog post concludes:

As the home for 100 million developers and counting, we take our responsibility seriously to help bring more new developers into technology and help people work together to build the next great thing, accelerate human progress, and solve problems we don’t yet understand. Because when more developers work together and have everything they need to be at their best, incredible things happen for everyone. 


More Information

GitHub blog - 100 million developers and counting

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