Free GitHub developer pack for students

The Student Developer Pack program starts from October 2014, and it aims at giving students free access to the best developer tools in one place so they can learn by doing. Now there are 15 different technology companies in the partnership.


Here is a full list of tools and services in the GitHub Student Developer Pack:

Atom —

A hackable text editor for the 21st Century

Details: Open Source by GitHub, free for everyone


AWS Education —

Access to the AWS cloud, free training, and collaboration resources

Details: Student Developer Pack members receive $15 in bonus AWS credits for a total of $50-$115


Bitnami —

Install cloud applications in a single click

Details: Business 3 plan (normally $49/month) for one year


Crowdflower —

Crowdsourcing and data enrichment platform

Details: Access to the Crowdflower platform


DigitalOcean —

Simple cloud hosting, built for developers

Details: $50 in platform credit for new users


DNSimple —

Simple DNS management with one-click services and a robust API

Details: Personal hosted DNS plan (normally $5/month) for one year


GitHub —

Powerful collaboration, code review, and code management

Details: Unlimited private repositories (normally $7/month) while you are a student


HackHands —

Live programming help available 24/7

Details: $25 in platform credit


Microsoft Azure —

A suite of Microsoft Azure cloud services and developer tools, including the Visual Studio IDE

Details: Microsoft Azure, Visual Studio Community 2015 and the rest of the Microsoft developer tools while you’re a student


Namecheap —

Affordable registration, hosting, and domain management

Details: One year domain name registration on the .me TLD (normally $18.99/year); One year SSL certificate (normally $9/year)


SendGrid —

Email infrastructure as a service

Details: Student plan 15K free emails/month (normally limited to 200 free emails/day) while you’re a student


Stripe —

Web and mobile payments, built for developers

Details: Waived transaction fees on first $1,000 in revenue processed


Thinkful —

Learn Fundamentals of Web Development with a mentor

Details: Two-week course in web development that will get you started coding. Includes two 1-on-1 mentor sessions, unlimited office hours, and membership in the Thinkful community.


Travis CI —

Continuous integration platform for open source and private projects

Details: Private builds (normally $69/month) while you’re a student


Udacity —

Enroll in a Nanodegree program, and launch your career in Web and Mobile Development, Machine Learning, Data Science, and more.

Details: Student Developer Pack members get one month free access to any Nanodegree program (normally $199)


Unreal Engine —

A complete suite of game development tools made by game developers, for game developers

Details: Unreal Engine while you’re a student


How to get it?

  1. Prepare your school-issued email address, and valid student identification card or other official proof of enrollment before you start. Because the pack is available to students aged 13+ and enrolled in a degree or diploma granting course of study.
  2. Go to Student Developer Pack page, and click “Get your pack”.
  3. Login to your GitHub account. (Create a new account if you don’t have one)
  4. Fill out the form and upload your student materials.
  5. Submit your request and after that you will get the approval email.


Congratulations! It’s time to learn to ship software like a pro.

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