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In 2019, we set a goal to have 100 million developers using GitHub by 2025—because we know when more developers come together in a single place, incredible things happen.
Today, I’m excited to share that there are now officially more than 100 million developers using GitHub to build, maintain, and contribute to software projects.
This not only puts us two years ahead of schedule, but represents a huge responsibility for us at GitHub to continue putting developers first.
When the first line of code was committed to GitHub in October 2007, people tended to have a pretty firm picture in mind of who a developer was, their background, and their work.
Today, developers are no longer just people building software for technology companies. They’re an increasingly diverse and global group of people working across industries, tinkering with code, design, and docs in their free time, contributing to open source projects, conducting scientific research, and more.
In 2015, almost a third of developers on GitHub were from North America. Today, some of the fastest-growing regions are far away from the U.S., for example, in Southeast Asia, Africa, and South America. In India alone, more than 10 million developers use GitHub to build software. And in Brazil, over 3 million new developers use GitHub.
This global exchange of ideas is helping democratize who a developer is, what they work on, and where they live. Developers today are committing code, contributing documentation, and building new solutions to solve new problems on a global level. They’re people working around the world to build software for hospitals, filmmaking, NASA, and the PyTorch project, which powers AI and machine learning applications. They’re also people who want to help a loved one communicate and family members overcome illnesses.
With all this growing responsibility, it can no longer be about just equipping developers with tools so they can do more. We need to give developers everything they need to focus on doing their best work.
GitHub is the home of all developers. This is our vision. From creating the pull request to empowering developers with AI through GitHub Copilot, everything we do has been to put the developer first. And it’s just the beginning. With GitHub Next, our research and development team is investigating the future of software development. From Code Brushes to Hey, GitHub!, GitHub Next has been pivotal in ensuring GitHub is the home for all developers.
As the home for 100 million developers and counting, we take our responsibility seriously to help bring more new developers into technology and help people work together to build the next great thing, accelerate human progress, and solve problems we don’t yet understand. Because when more developers work together and have everything they need to be at their best, incredible things happen for everyone.
So, let’s build from here—together.