Who can use Github Enterprise?

The site license for Cornell’s Github Enterprise system covers the following use cases:

  • Enrolled Students, Faculty, and Staff of Cornell University.
    • Your account may be disabled if you are not part of any of these groups, e.g. students graduating from Cornell and becoming alumni.
  • Only approved for non-commercial usage.
  • No confidential or high risk data should be stored on this system.
  • External users can gain access if they are collaborating with Cornell on research projects. Please see below for details.
  • More information about terms through Github’s educational license:

Why should I use GitHub Enterprise over the public

Github provide a comparison of the features online:

  • The main difference is that authentication is through Cornell single-sign-on (netid). If your project is truly open source and public, then hosting it at with a personal account may be the best option for you.
  • Some research projects have specific requirements on where data can be hosted. Github Enterprise is hosted locally here at Cornell in Gates Hall. The server is backed up off-site using Cornell’s EZBackup service.

How do I sign up?

  • You can access Github Enterprise at: .
  • Single-sign-on is available through Cornell Shibboleth. Please use your Cornell netid and password to login to the website.
  • Please review the Github Authentication documentation for how to authenticate your Github client.

How do I start using Github Enterprise?

How do I learn to use Github effectively?

There are lots of resources available to teach you how to use Github effectively. Most are focused on the consumer Github product, but almost everything you learn also applies to this Github Enterprise service. Here are some particularly useful educational resources.

What tools can I use with Github Enterprise

There are many tools in the Github ecosystem that work well with the Github Enterprise Server.

  • Try using the Github Desktop application to provide a useful GUI. You can also consult the Github Desktop Help (macOS and Windows)
  • VS Code, the free and extensible IDE provided by Microsoft, has integrated support for Github Enterprise. (macOS, Linux, and Windows)

How do I add an external collaborator?

If you want someone outside of Cornell to have access to your Github repository, they will need to request a guest ID.

Ask your guest collaborator to make the request at

Please have them fill in all the fields and include the following specific information:

  • In the “Purpose” field, include the sponsoring Cornell researcher/staff member’s name (no numbers or punctuation allowed)
    • Ex: Collaborating with Ezra Cornell
  • In the “Group Name” field, enter “EN-Guests”

More information about the process can be found at

Once the request is approved, a guestID will be created and sent to the submitter. Then they can login to Github and you can add them to your repository.

How do I migrate from SVN to Github Enterprise?

GitHub SSH Key Fingerprints

What are GitHub’s SSH key fingerprints?

Public key fingerprints can be used to validate a connection to a remote server. These are our GitHub’s public key fingerprints:

RSA MD5 65:19:ed:fd:90:86:ba:68:bd:33:6f:a9:8f:ff:f3:a6
DSA MD5 13:42:54:de:d9:28:63:9f:9c:52:7a:e1:93:a0:11:19
DSA SHA-256 SlSbXKny84eVMTpqBp3hnWb2fSJnq3E7CE4bfnhnEFw
ECDSA MD5 de:fd:8d:f9:8e:f9:f4:bc:d2:4a:ef:69:6f:90:ec:96
ED25519 MD5 c7:fa:c6:96:9a:59:a0:46:4b:06:29:23:84:11:1d:fd
ED25519 SHA-256 yi2VTNRVEeNE9tQMQn4fxCg0Lys9OnS7d/N3wKVUcOk

What are the policies for using this service?

By utilizing this service you agree to the following:

  • I am an enrolled student or associated faculty or staff of Cornell University or I am an external collaborator on Cornell academic work.
  • I have read and understand the Cornell University policy on Responsible Use of Electronic Communications .
  • I am using the repository for non-commercial, academic use related to work at Cornell University.
  • Computing activities that interfere with this purpose are not permitted. Prior written approval from the IT Director is required for: 1) Any significant use of computing resources that is not clearly related to the university’s goals and functions; 2) Work that will involve the use of large quantities of resources.
  • Due to the nature of academic computing, no guarantee of privacy of data can be provided. Further, in return for receiving accounts, users grant permission to ITSG staff to access any of the user’s files or transmissions in the normal course of their duties. The IT staff will hold in strict confidence anything that they may discover in the user’s files except: 1) for discussions with other ITSG staff; 2) when they have reason to suspect a violation of law or of university or department policy; or 3) when they have good reason to provide the files to another member of the community, and in this case notification of the access will be given to the user.