Apply for the OSS plan

Apply for our Open Source plan in GitBook.

We welcome applications for our OSS plan from organizations that meet certain criteria. Broadly, these fall into one of three categories:

  1. Non-profit organizations

  2. Open source projects

  3. Small education-related groups

If you won’t need to collaborate with others, then your needs should be covered by our free Personal plan!

It allows you to publish content to the world and even supports linking a custom domain to each of your spaces.

If you will need to collaborate with others, then please continue reading.

Our criteria

For all

If we reject your application, we are sorry in advance. We don’t have the resources to share the details. We’ll do our best to give you some context if possible, but please check our criteria below to figure out what might be wrong. Please note you can reapply at any time if you are able to adjust and meet our criteria.

Your organization should not:

  • be a church, affiliated with one, or promote any specific religion.

  • be a school, college, university, etc. (but it can be a student group, lab group, course group, etc.).

  • be a government office, ministry, or function (but can be a small municipality local office).

  • be a private foundation.

  • have political affiliations.

  • promote a dogma.

  • promote a religious position as part of its activity.

  • promote discrimination of any kind, on the basis of gender (identity or expression), race, ethnicity, political or religious opinion, sexual orientation, or anything else.

Criteria for non-profit organizations

Your organization needs to:

  • Be a company with an official non-profit status.

  • Share a valid charitable status (501(c) or equivalent for your country).

Criteria for open source projects

Your Git repository must:

  • Exist publicly on GitHub or GitLab.

  • Not be an empty repository.

  • Not be a fork with no activity of its own.

  • Have a README.md file that clearly explains what the software is about.

  • Have a CONTRIBUTING.md file that explains how to contribute to the project.

  • Have a LICENSE file with a valid OSS license.

  • Have a CODE_OF_CONDUCT.md file.

  • Make it easy for others to contribute.

  • The organization must not represent a school, college, or university as a whole.

  • The organization may represent a small group related to a school, college, or university.

  • You may be a small student group or a teacher organizing a course for a small group of students.

Individual students who want to keep their personal and course notes should use our free Personal plan. This plan provides unlimited private or public spaces at no cost, without needing to apply for the Community plan.

How to apply

  1. Sign up or sign in Start by signing up for a GitBook account if you don’t have one yet, or signing in if you do.

  2. Choose an organization Decide which organization you would like the Community plan to be applied to. This could be one that you’ve already created, or you might want to create a new organization. (To create a new organization, click the switch organization toggle near the top of the sidebar, then click create an organization, and follow the prompts.)

  3. Get the organization’s URL In the sidebar, click on the name of the organization you chose in step 2. Copy or make a note of the URL in your browser. It will be in the format app.gitbook.com/o/[string]/home, where [string] will be a unique string of letters and numbers used to identify that organization.

  4. Contact us via our messenger on our website Select ’I have a question about pricing’ then ’I want to apply to the Community plan’ or alternatively send us an email to support@gitbook.com

Submitting your application via email

Depending on which type of organization you are applying for, please follow the relevant steps listed below.

  • Briefly describe the purpose of your non-profit organization.

  • Share a link to your organization’s public website.

  • Attach your non-profit organization’s valid 501(c) or equivalent documentation for your country.

  • Include the link to your organization. Finding this link is described in step 3 of the section above.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our support team.

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