Set up GitHub Enterprise licenses with Visual Studio subscriptions

Customers who have Enterprise Agreements (EA) with Microsoft are eligible to purchase a subscription offer that brings together Visual Studio standard subscriptions and GitHub Enterprise. It's the easy and economical way for Visual Studio subscribers to acquire GitHub Enterprise.

Check out this video for steps to set up your organization and invite new members, or follow the step-by-step instructions below the video.

Now that you’ve purchased Visual Studio subscriptions with GitHub Enterprise, let’s get your organization set up. We begin with instructions for new GitHub Enterprise customers. If you’re an existing GitHub Enterprise customer, skip ahead to Assigning Visual Studio subscriptions to organization members.


If Visual Studio subscriptions with GitHub Enterprise are assigned by Visual Studio subscription admins without purchasing first, GitHub won't be notified that you wish to create a GitHub Enterprise account. A purchase of at least one Visual Studio subscription with GitHub Enterprise should be made before subscriptions are assigned. If you've purchased Visual Studio subscriptions with GitHub Enterprise already, it is not necessary to wait for the GitHub setup process to be completed before you assign subscriptions.

Create your organization

As a new GitHub Enterprise customer, you and your team need to get access to your GitHub Enterprise account. As soon as GitHub has processed your order, an Enterprise account is created with your allocated license count. At this time, you - the Enterprise Admin - are added to the account and you receive an email invitation.

  1. Select the Become an owner... button in this email to go to your GitHub Enterprise account, and then select Accept invitation.

    Accept GitHub invitation

  2. To add users, you need to have an organization to invite them to. To create an organization, select the New Organization button.

  3. Enter a name for your new organization. This name is the name that appears on Select Create organization.

  4. Next, you add users that should have Organization Owner permissions, allowing them to add members and manage organization level settings. Be sure to select Finish when you’re done adding Organization Owners. Now your new organization is ready for members to be added.

Assign Visual Studio subscriptions to organization members

In the Visual Studio subscriptions admin portal, the Visual Studio subscriptions admin can assign a subscription to a user. If you’re new to Visual Studio Subscription administration, you should have received an invitation to the Visual Studio Subscriptions admin portal to begin assigning subscriptions. After you select the link to sign into the admin portal, you’ll be able to use the Add dropdown to add Visual Studio subscribers individually, or in bulk using Microsoft Excel, or Azure Active Directory groups. Just follow the prompts for adding subscribers, making sure to use email domains that can receive email and choose subscription levels that contain GitHub Enterprise.

For more information about assigning subscriptions, see our articles with specific steps to:


If you don't have existing subscribers to move, you still need to invite your subscribers to your GitHub organization. For more information, see Invite subscribers to your organization.

Move existing subscribers to subscriptions with GitHub

For those subscribers that renewed from regular Visual Studio subscriptions to Visual Studio subscriptions with GitHub Enterprise, you need to move your subscribers to the new level so they can be eligible to use GitHub.

  1. Choose the Overview icon in the left nav pane.

    Open the Overview

  2. Select, Move now and follow the prompts to complete the transition.

    Move existing subscribers to GitHub

  3. When you select the Move Now button, a fly-out panel presents you with recommendations on moving your Enterprise and/or Professional subscriptions:

    Fly out panel

You can review the impacted subscribers and specify whether you would like to notify them to receive an email notification after the move is complete. This email informs subscribers that their benefits remain unchanged and encourages them to begin setting up a presence in GitHub.

Selecting the Move subscribers button allows you to move all recommended subscribers or choose individuals from a list. After you confirm your selections, it takes a few seconds for the subscription moves to complete. If applicable, perform these steps for Professional and Enterprise separately.

Invite subscribers to your organization

After a subscriber has been assigned a subscription in the Visual Studio subscriptions admin portal, GitHub will be updated with these users and will reflect them as Pending Members. An organization owner needs to invite pending members to an organization to access their GitHub Enterprise benefits.

To add a user to your organization in GitHub:

  1. Select Organizations in the left nav pane.
  2. Choose the organization to which you want to add subscribers.

    Choose Organizations

  3. Select the People tab.
  4. If you're an owner of the organization, you see an Invite member button. Select it.
  5. Enter the email address you used to assign a subscription to the new member, and select Invite.

    Invite members

  6. Select Send invitation. The user appears in the list of pending invitations.
  7. After a user receives an invitation to GitHub, they need to select the button in the email, which will take them to your organization and grant them member access.


User invitations are valid for 7 days before a new invite will need to be sent. If your enterprise uses enterprise-managed users, you may need to inform your users of their access to GitHub.

If you have questions, contact your GitHub or Microsoft account manager. You can also visit for more information.

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Next steps

Learn more about managing Visual Studio subscriptions.

For more information about managing Visual Studio subscriptions with GitHub Enterprise, check out the Visual Studio subscriptions admin portal.