GitHub says it will operate in Iran after being exempt from sanctions

GitHub said that due to U.S. sanctions and platform restrictions imposed on Iranian developers, it will now provide a full range of services in Iran. These changes are attributed to the exemption from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the sanctions enforcement agency of the US Department of the Treasury.

“Today, we announced a breakthrough: We have obtained permission from the US government to provide GitHub to Iranian developers. This includes all services for individuals and organizations, including private and public, free and paid,” GitHub CEO Nat Friedman wrote in a blog post published on Tuesday. “In two years, we were able to prove how the use of GitHub by developers promotes human progress, international exchanges, and the United States’ enduring foreign policy to promote free speech and free flow of information.


Since 2019, GitHub has been operating in a very limited form in Iran, mainly due to the provision of some public code repositories.

The reason is that US trade restrictions have forced open source hosting sites owned by Microsoft to also restrict its presence in Crimea and Operation in Syria.

The company is now “removing all restrictions on Iranian developers” and “restoring full access to affected accounts.” Friedman said GitHub is also working to obtain exemptions for Crimea and Syria.

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