GitHub’s State of the Octoverse Shows Strong Global Open Source Growth

GitHub has published the 2020 State of the Octoverse, an annual report detailing activity on the GitHub platform. This year, the in-depth information is presented in three separate reports measuring productivity, community, and security, with particular focus on the topics of COVID-19, TensorFlow, and Python:

Overall, however, the activity numbers for the past year show:

  • 56 million+ total developers on GitHub
  • 1.9 billion+ contributions added
  • 60 million+ new repositories created

This represents 35 percent more repositories created than in the previous year and 25 percent more contributions to open source projects.

The top five languages represented are:

  • JavaScript
  • Python
  • Java
  • TypeScript
  • C#

And, the geographic breakdown of contributors looks like this:

  • North America: 34% (down 2% from last year)
  • Asia: 30.7% (up 1.1% from last year)
  • Europe: 26.8% (up 0.1%)
  • South America: 4.9% (up 0.4%)
  • Africa: 2% (up 0.3%)
  • Oceania: 1.7% (no change)

In 2020, the report states, “open source contributors from the United States dropped to 22.7%, with many coming from China (9.76%) and India (5.2%).” Contributions are also coming from a broader range of countries, with the strongest growth seen in the following:

  • Nigeria: 65.9%
  • Hong Kong (SAR): 64.5%
  • Saudi Arabia: 60.1%
  • Bangladesh: 59.5%
  • Egypt: 54.9%

As the report states, “these trends are particularly exciting because of the opportunity for open source development to truly impact lives around the world.”

Read all three reports on the 2020 State of the Octoverse at GitHub.