Non-profit / open source plan
Open source and non-profits make the world a better place. In order to do our part, GitBook is free for open source and non-profit teams.
Please note that most of your needs should be covered by the free personal account. If you don’t plan to collaborate with others, you can start with it. It allows you to publish content to the world 🌍! It even supports linking a custom domain to each of your spaces.
If it's absolutely necessary to collaborate with others, please continue reading.


We welcome applications from organizations that hold a valid charitable status 501(c) or similar as well as open-source applications with a GitHub or GitLab related project.
Please read the criteria before applying.
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.

Base criteria for all cases

Your organization:
  • Is not a church, affiliated or promoting a specific religion
  • Is not a school, college, university (can be student group, lab group, course group)
  • Is not a government office, ministry, or function (can be a small municipality local office)
  • Is not a private foundation
  • Does not have political affiliations
  • Does not promote a dogma
  • Does not promote a religious position as part of its activity
  • Does not promote discrimination of any kind, on the basis of the gender (identity or expression), race, ethnicity, political or religious opinion, sexual orientation, or other.

Criteria for non-profits

Your organization:
  • Needs to be a company and have an official non-profit status
  • Needs to share a valid charitable status 501(c) or equivalent

Criteria for open source

Your Git repository:
  • Exists on GitHub or GitLab
  • Is not just an empty repository with nothing to show
  • Is not just a fork with no activity of its own
  • Has a file that clearly explains what the software is about
  • Has a file that explains how to contribute
  • Has a LICENSE file with a valid OSS license​
  • Has a
  • Makes it easy for others to contribute​

Criteria for education

  • The organization does not represent a school, college, or university as a whole
  • The organization represents a small group related to a school, college, or university
  • You are a small student group or a teacher organizing a course for a small group of students
Individual students that want to keep your personal and course notes should use a free personal account. They give you unlimited private or public spaces for free. No need to apply for a community plan.

How to apply

In order to apply for the community plan, you need to have a GitBook account and create an organization.
  1. 1.
    ​Sign up if you don't have an account, or Sign in if you already have one.
  2. 2.
    Choose an existing organization in the sidebar or create one if you haven't done so.
  3. 3.
    Copy the link of your organization because you will need it to apply: It will look like: => where knDc9w0Awj6RGjaiTeWn is different and unique to your organization.
  4. 4.
    Visit the pricing page, and scroll down to Frequently Asked Questions.
  5. 5.
    Expand "Do you offer non profit/open source discounts?".
  6. 6.
    Click Apply here.
  7. 7.
    Follow the instructions in the chat bot that pops up.
You might be required to provide additional information for us to validate your organization type:
  • Open-source: link to your GitHub repository or GitLab project
  • Non-profit: proof of your non-profit status (such as a copy of your 501(c)(3) or your country's equivalent proof of non-profit status)
We will respond to your query as soon as possible. Please allow up to 5 days for us to review your status and update your account.
If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected].
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Base criteria for all cases
Criteria for non-profits
Criteria for open source
Criteria for education
How to apply