Create a GitHub account to use with Visual Studio

With a GitHub account, you get full GitHub support from within the Visual Studio IDE to both manage your code and collaborate with others on development projects.

If you don't already have a GitHub account, here's how to create one.

  1. Open in a web browser, and then select Sign up.

    Screenshot of the Sign Up for GitHub page.

  2. Enter your email address.

    Screenshot of the Enter Your Email dialog.

  3. Create a password for your new GitHub account, and Enter a username, too. Next, choose whether you want to receive updates and announcements via email, and then select Continue.

    Screenshot of the Create a Password and Enter a Username dialog.

  4. Verify your account by solving a puzzle. Select the Start Puzzle button to do so, and then follow the prompts.

  5. After you verify your account, select the Create account button.

  6. Next, GitHub sends a launch code to your email address. Type that launch code in the Enter code dialog, and then press Enter.

    Screenshot of the Enter Your Launch Code dialog.

  7. GitHub asks you some questions to help tailor your experience. Choose the answers that apply to you in the following dialogs:

    • How many team members will be working with you?
    • What specific features are you interested in using?
  8. On the Where teams collaborate and ship screen, you can choose whether you want to use the Free account or the Team account. To choose the Free account, select the Skip personalization button.


    You can always upgrade your account later. See the Types of GitHub accounts page to learn more.

    GitHub opens a personalized page in your browser.

    Your new user page.

Congratulations! You've successfully created your GitHub account.