GitHub goes down, affecting thousands of software developers

GitHub is down for thousands of software developers this morning. The Microsoft-owned service, which provides version control via Git and hosting for software development, has been down for more than an hour. GitHub users have experienced errors logging into the service, and some are even unable to use their integrated development environment (IDE) due to how closely linked software development is to the service.

GitHub says it’s investigating the outage, and has “identified the source of elevated errors and are working on recovery.”

GitHub is a large code repository that has become very popular with developers and companies hosting entire projects and code on the service. Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, and many other big tech companies use GitHub. There are more than 100 million repositories hosted on GitHub, and 40 million developers contribute to them.

Microsoft acquired GitHub for $7.5 billion back in 2018, and has been gradually improving the service for developers. Microsoft reduced the price of GitHub’s most popular paid tiers earlier this year, and moved a key feature of all its paid plans into its the free option.

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