Visual Studio Integrates GitHub Accounts
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Monday, 30 November 2020

GitHub accounts are now integrated into Visual Studio 2019, meaning users of Visual Studio will be able to add both GitHub and GitHub Enterprise Server accounts directly from Visual Studio.

Earlier this year Microsoft improved Git functionality within Visual Studio, adding the ability to browse online GitHub or Azure repositories from Visual Studio to find projects then clone them locally. The improvements also meant developers could initialize the Git repository and push it to be hosted on GitHub with a single click.


Microsoft says that the new functionality makes it as easy to access GitHub accounts as it is to work with Microsoft accounts from Visual Studio. There are some restrictions - as is the case on the web and on the GitHub Desktop client, a single GitHub account can only be added to Visual Studio. If you need to access resources from a different account, you’ll need to remove the GitHub account from Visual Studio, sign out from the web (, and then restart the process for adding the new GitHub account to Visual Studio.Adding GitHub Enterprise Server Accounts.

GitHub Enterprise Server accounts can also be added to Visual Studio, but in this case developers will need to first enable GitHub Enterprise Server support before adding the accounts.


Microsoft says that at the moment, while you can add GitHub and GitHub Enterprise Server accounts to Visual Studio, you won’t be able to use them as a personalization account. This means that you’ll still need to add a Microsoft account in order to roam your Visual Studio settings across machines. Microsoft plans to improve the GitHub support in Visual Studio, and is planning on adding single sign-on (SSO), as well as other user experience fixes in a future update.


More Information

Visual Studio Website

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