What is github?

Hey, what is github and by whom it is used?

@codecademy GitHub is a web-based Git repository hosting service, which offers all of the distributed revision control and source code management (SCM) functionality of Git as well as adding its own features. Unlike Git, which is strictly a command-line tool, GitHub provides a web-based graphical interface and desktop as well as mobile integration. It also provides access control and several collaboration features such as wikis, task management, and bug tracking and feature requests for every project.

GitHub offers both paid plans for private repositories and free accounts, which are usually used to host open-source software projects. As of 2015, GitHub reports having over 9 million users and over 21.1 million repositories, making it the largest code hoster in the world.

GitHub is mostly used for code.

  1. Documentation, including automatically-rendered README files in a variety of Markdown-like file formats (see README files on GitHub)

  2. Issue tracking (including feature requests)

  3. Wikis

  4. Small websites can be hosted from public repositories on GitHub.

  5. Nested task-lists within files

  6. Visualization of geospatial data

  7. Gantt charts

  8. 3D render files which can be previewed using a new integrated STL file viewer which displays the files on a 3D canvas.

  9. Photoshop’s native PSD format can be previewed and compared to previous versions of the same file.

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