Most Popular Programming Languages in GitHub

We understand the importance of programming languages when it comes to developing software. And while there may be more options than you can stomach, information can go a long way in helping you decide. Whether you need to know why it’s important to learn programming languages or which programming language will get you the biggest paycheck, Tech.Co is the place to go. And now,thanks to this helpful interactive graphic from GitHut, you can find out which languages are the most popular on GitHub.

GitHut is a “small space” that consolidates all the programming languages used in the repositories on GitHub, which is the largest code host in the world with 3.4 million users. The visual representation of data aims to make the complicated world of GitHub a little more accessible to everyday people and tech entrepreneurs. While at first glance the infographic may seem a bit chaotic, the simple interface makes it easy to find out which programming language is best for any particular project. You do have to hover over graphs to get the actual data, but the information yielded is more than worth the trouble.

With little change over the last few  years, JavaScript remains the most popular programming language on GitHub with Java, Python, CSS, PHP and Ruby competing for second place. Rust and PowerShell bring up the rear, although it is worth mentioning that their new watchers and new forks numbers are steadily improving compared to other languages on the list. Check out the rest of the list in the infographics below to make your decision clear.

Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 2.40.25 PM

Graph of most popular programming languages

Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 2.37.32 PM

Graph of most popular active programming languages


Did you find this article helpful? Click on one of the following buttons
We're so happy you liked! Get more delivered to your inbox just like it.

We're sorry this article didn't help you today – we welcome feedback, so if there's any way you feel we could improve our content, please email us at

Written by:
Conor is the Lead Writer for For the last six years, he’s covered everything from tech news and product reviews to digital marketing trends and business tech innovations. He's written guest posts for the likes of Forbes, Chase, WeWork, and many others, covering tech trends, business resources, and everything in between. He's also participated in events for SXSW, Tech in Motion, and General Assembly, to name a few. He also cannot pronounce the word "colloquially" correctly. You can email Conor at
Back to top