How to update Base permissions setting in GitHub

Pragti Chauhan
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GitHub Organization allows users to set default permissions on new users when they are being added to the organization. These permissions are No permission, Read, Write, or Admin permissions of which No permission provides no access and Admin gives complete access to users. To decrease operational overhead and to provide valid users with read access to the code but no edit or modify, GitHub Organization allows a minimum permission of Read by default for any new member accounts.

From a security standpoint, it is recommended to update this permission to No permission so that when a new user is created, the admin is aware and deliberately assigns one of the permissions to the user.

In this article we will see how to update the Base permissions in your GitHub Organization.

Update Base permissions setting in GitHub

Following are the steps to update Base permissions settings in GitHub:

  1. Login to your GitHub account

  2. Navigate to the Organization for which you want to update Base permissions

    GitHub Organizations

  3. On the main page, click on Settings


  4. Go to Member Privileges

    Member Privileges

  5. Under Base permissions section click on the dropdown and select No permission

    Base Permissions

  6. A pop-up will appear for confirming the action. Click on Change base permission to “No permission”

    Change Base Permissions

  7. This will change the Base permission to No Permission

    Updated Base Permissions

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