Non-profit / open source plan
Open-source & non-profits make the world a better place, providing software & services to those in need. In order to do our part, GitBook is free for open-source and non-profit teams!


We welcome applications from organizations that hold a valid charitable status 501(c) or similar as well as open-source applications with a GitHub related project.
All eligible organizations must visit our pricing page and click Request Community Plan. We’ll review your application and accept it or reject it.
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
  • Need 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, can use your free personal accounts. They give you up to 10 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 by starting a free trial. If you already have an account and have created an organization, you can go directly to point 4.
  1. 1.
    Signup for GitBook here
  2. 2.
    Create a space using the prompt
  3. 3.
    Once you're in your space, create an organization by starting a trial
  4. 4.
    Visit the pricing page
  5. 5.
    Click Request Community Plan
  6. 6.
    Follow the instructions in the chatbot
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].