How to get a teams of developers setup for Co-Pilot for Visual Studio?

John 20 Reputation points

Where I work, all the developers have Visual Studio "GitHub Enterprise" licenses attached to our Microsoft accounts.

We recently asked the higher ups if we could start a Co-Pilot for Visual Studio co-pilot. We did some standard security reviews (ensure we have SAST/DASTs in place and keeping all secrets out of the code, etc) and now we're being asked exactly what we need to get setup. And no one really knows.

We initially thought we'd just need extra Visual Studio licenses to have access to Co-Pilot, but it's sounding like we all need to create GitHub accounts. Is that right? I'm curious to how companies normally do this. Do you ask each of the developers to create a GitHub account and then issue them a new license? Or do you issue the accounts for them?

With the new accounts involved, this could become a hard sell..

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  1. Tianyu Sun-MSFT 28,841 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hello @John,

    Maybe the descriptions(FAQ) here also helps => How do I get started with GitHub Copilot in the latest Visual Studio 2022?

    1. … Make sure to leave the preselected component GitHub Copilot selected. OR If no workload is selected, install GitHub Copilot by selecting it from Individual components in the installer.
    1. Set up a GitHub Copilot subscription for your personal account, or if you are a member of an organization or enterprise with a GitHub Copilot subscription you will need to be assigned a seat by an organization owner.
    1. Sign into Visual Studio with a GitHub account that has a GitHub Copilot subscription.

    Best Regards,


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  1. Vidya Viraktamath 160 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    Hello, GitHub Copilot is a service provided by GitHub and it is integrated into Visual Studio Code. As of now, Copilot is not available for Visual Studio.

    To use GitHub Copilot, developers need a GitHub account because the service is tied to GitHub. The GitHub account is used to authenticate and authorize the use of the service.

    In terms of how companies normally handle this, it varies. Some companies ask their developers to create their own GitHub accounts, while others create the accounts for them. It depends on the company's policies and procedures.

    For more info, do refer this link -

    Kindly accept answer, if it helps