Bitbucket Gets Academic – Free Academic Accounts, Free T-Shirt

By on August 20, 2012

Did you say FREE for academic users?

You bet. Bitbucket offers free unlimited public and private repositories for academic users and teams.

How do I get in on this?

Easy. Sign up for a Bitbucket account using your academic email address. We’ll do the rest. We’ve expanded the automatic academic account upgrade process to include all high-level educational domains such as .edu,,, etc.

I’m a student. How is Bitbucket going to help me?

Good question. Here are a few ways:

Refer Classmates. Win A Shirt.

So go ahead and invite your friends – we’ve added a referral link to academic users’ Bitbucket dashboard. Invite 5 of your school friends, and we’ll send you a free Bitbucket t-shirt!

The free T-shirt promotion is no longer active.


  • Anton Golov
    Posted August 20, 2012 at 4:28 am | Permalink

    “You bet. Bitbucket offers free unlimited public and private repositories for academic users and teams.”

    But… You already get unlimited public and private repositories.

    • Thomas Mundt
      Posted August 20, 2012 at 6:48 am | Permalink

      Anton, the regular free offer is limited to 5 users.

  • sebastian
    Posted August 20, 2012 at 4:31 am | Permalink

    what about international students?

    • Justen Stepka
      Posted August 20, 2012 at 11:52 am | Permalink


  • Hsiao-Ting Wang
    Posted August 20, 2012 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    May I know once I graduate from my college (of course, I have register my .edu email on BitBucket), can I still keep this unlimited repo and unlimited committers? thanks.

    • Justen Stepka
      Posted August 20, 2012 at 11:51 am | Permalink

      So long as your university email address is active and your primary email, yes.

  • Posted August 20, 2012 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    You dont have my college listed. Can you add to the list ?

  • Martin Smelik
    Posted August 20, 2012 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    If I invited my freinds. It’s possible to send shirt to europe (czech republic) ?

    • Justen Stepka
      Posted August 20, 2012 at 11:51 am | Permalink

      Yes, we will be shipping shirts internationally.

  • Mikael Svahnberg
    Posted September 13, 2012 at 1:38 am | Permalink

    As a senior lecturer at a university, I’ve taken this one step further; since I already had my research and teaching material on bitbucket, I simply made the course materials publicly available, and tell my students where to find it. In the first course I did this the end result was that all teams were using some form of configuration management system for their software. So, if you’re interested in e.g. a course on software architectues, be my guest:

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  • josh
    Posted October 9, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Is it free for non-academic University staff also? For example is it free for the University’s IT Department?

  • jack miller
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    It is a great oppurtunity for students like me. it could be a very big help among us. In line with this, How will I acquire this free shirt?

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  • nagae
    Posted February 26, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    I have requested an academic account via several
    minutes before I found this interactive(?) discussion. Could you please add
    ‘’ to the university email list, or, more productively, include
    ‘’ to the high-level educational domains?

  • J
    Posted March 7, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Is it still unlimited if an academic account user invites a non-academic member?

    • C
      Posted October 9, 2013 at 5:35 am | Permalink

      I’d also really like to know the answer to this. Does only the repo owner need to have an academic account?

  • x
    Posted June 24, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    Please add

  • Konstantinos
    Posted September 9, 2013 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    Is this offer valid if I add an academic account later in my profile?

  • Fabien
    Posted November 9, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    After the filling of the form, how many times does it takes before the account conversion? I filled it friday, 8th november in the morning (french time). The form said it was a success and I cannot see any modification of my account…
    I’m a lecturer at a french graduate school and use bitbucket with my master students and the limitation of users is a pain.


  • VH
    Posted February 3, 2014 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    I’m an alumni and have a .edu account — do I still qualify for an educational account?

  • Posted June 16, 2014 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    I just added a .edu to my existing Bitbucket account and was instantly upgraded to an academic account. I did not even need to make it my primary email. Thanks Bitbucket!

  • Derek Zhu
    Posted May 24, 2015 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    is this still going on? for the link: is dead

  • Posted July 4, 2015 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    This is really great to hear that Bitbucket is free for
    academic users. Many will be greatly benefit by this offer. Thanks for sharing
    the news.

  • Posted July 4, 2015 at 12:08 am | Permalink

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  • Jambo Kenya
    Posted July 14, 2015 at 6:41 am | Permalink

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