What is GitHub
GitHub is a web based interface to the version control software GIT. Version control software manages and tracks changes to files over time. It is a critical tool in software development. A great intro to using Git and GitHub can be found at GitHub Hello World Guide.
How do I access GitHub @RPI
RPI's GitHub service is available to all RPI Faculty and Students for academic not-for-profit research. Staff interested in using GitHub must be covered under our commercial use license and should Submit a Request.
You may access the service at https://github.rpi.edu/ with a valid RCS username and password.
Can non-RPI people get accounts
Yes, as long as the project is RPI led and for academic or not-for-profit research then the external user will be permitted access. Guest accounts can be requested at https://webforms.rpi.edu/guest-account-form
Why should I use GitHub @RPI vs GitHub.com
RPI's GitHub service is hosted and managed internally. This allows us to provide unlimited private and public repositories. On premise data storage also allows for use with intellectual property that requires on campus hosting. This makes GitHub enterprise ideal for class usage and research projects.
What documentation is available
This page will cover some common topics, particularly related to RPI's GitHub Enterprise service.
For topics not specific to RPI, general GitHub documentation is available at:
What are the restrictions for organization names
GitHub allows the use of groups called Organizations where multiple people can collaborate across many projects at once. Organization names fall into the same namespace as user accounts, which means that someone with an RCS ID that is the same as an existing organization will be denied access to GitHub @RPI. For this reason we currently require all organization requests to be submitted through https://webforms.rpi.edu/request-github-organization
How do I request an Organization
All requests for a new GitHub Organization should be made by filling out a GitHub Organization Request Form.
What is the address or URL of my repositories
GitHub uses HTTPS or SSH. The repository address for HTTPS will use the pattern:
If you use HTTPS, be aware that the system does not know (or use) your RCS password. You need to create an GitHub access token and use it as your password. See Creating an access token but be aware that you need to create the access token in your RPI GitHub account on github.rpi.edu (and not on github.com).
The repository address for SSH will use the pattern:
If you use SSH, you need to generate SSH keys and add them to your account. See Generating SSH keys, but be aware that some steps connect to the public GitHub.com site. You will want to adapt those steps, to connect to RPI's github.rpi.edu site.
Can I store large files in GitHub
Git is for storing lots of small files that change often, it is not suitable for large files.
How much storage am I allowed
RPI's GitHub enterprise is intended for use with text files such as source code. Binary files are allowed, but attention should be taken with regard to their size. There are no hard limits on file or repository size. However DotCIO does review usage for abnormal situations, and reserves the right to limit excessive use. Contact Us if you have questions about your planned use case.
Security & Privacy
As a user of GitHub @RPI, you understand and agree to abide by RPI’s Policy on Electronic Citizenship and acknowledge that you have reviewed this security information.
- Staff - Activities in support of job responsibilities. Personal use acceptable as long as incidental in nature.
- Faculty - Academic and not-for-profit research activities. Personal use acceptable as long as incidental in nature.
- Students - Academic and personal use. Commercial use or any use for the benefit of an unaffiliated third party is prohibited.
You should not use your GitHub account to store most institutional data classified as Confidential.
Do not store private information such as usernames, passwords or security tokens in your GitHub repositories.
What are the RPI GitHub Enterprise host key fingerprints
RPI GitHub's (github.rpi.edu) public key fingerprints:
2048 e9:b0:13:9e:d0:cf:09:a5:0e:cb:eb:3b:c2:85:f5:13 (RSA) 2048 SHA256:DPjGmbN5c6wOPTRAPNmu/sVCglz4uq4gszYWuXZ4ZQU github.rpi.edu (RSA) 256 fd:14:12:93:29:ee:a0:1a:50:61:1b:33:f5:07:6c:b8 (ECDSA) 256 SHA256:4a8KbcUgosZPmi7ycux4aOwvqFnc3LPv5HIm3Ls37nA github.rpi.edu (ECDSA)
You should be able to use the following command to view which fingerprint is being used when you establish a ssh connection to github.rpi.edu.
ssh -o VisualHostKey=yes firstname.lastname@example.org
Deleting & Restoring Files and Folders in your GitHub account
- GitHub is a version control system, most deleted files are end user recoverable inside your repository.
- Deleting an Organization or Repository is permanent and unrecoverable.
- Git typically keeps a local copy of the repository on your machine during normal use.
- DotCIO maintains backups of the servers providing this service for disaster recovery scenarios only.
Weekly preventive maintenance is scheduled on Wednesdays 8:30am to 9:30am Eastern Time. During this period GitHub @RPI may be down.
- What is GitHub
- How do I access GitHub @RPI
- Can non-RPI people get accounts
- Why should I use GitHub @RPI vs GitHub.com
- What documentation is available
- What are the restrictions for organization names
- How do I request an Organization
- What is the address or URL of my repositories
- Can I store large files in GitHub
- How much storage am I allowed
- Security & Privacy
- What are the RPI GitHub Enterprise host key fingerprints
- Deleting & Restoring Files and Folders in your GitHub account
- Schedule Maintenance