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 Free Access. 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
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
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 README.md file that clearly explains what the software is about
Has a CONTRIBUTING.md file that explains how to contribute
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.