[Update #14, August 29th, 2014 - Added new faucets, readded several more that started paying again, and deleted several that have stopped paying. The descriptions on everything else were also updated. - Bryan]
Bitcoins are all over the headlines, but did you know there are websites that pay out "free" Bitcoins for visiting them or doing tasks? They're called Bitcoin faucets, and they're a great way for you to get into Bitcoins without mining, winning it through playing online poker with Bitcoins, wiring money to a Bitcoin exchange, or buying through LocalBitcoins.
Before we get to the faucets, Bitcoin is a virtual crypto currency—I penned a Bitcoin primer a while back if you're looking for more information. Bitcoin faucets aren't going to make you rich, but these are faucets I can personally attest pay out when and how they say they will as I've collected 0.34 BTC from them.
The first Bitcoin faucets were designed as promotional vehicles to get people interested and involved in Bitcoins back when a Bitcoin was worth a few pennies. A few people who had tons of Bitcoins that weren't worth much at the time thought that if they got them into the hands of more people, it would generate interest.
Today's so-called faucets are much more of a business model. Most of them work by paying out tiny fractions of a Bitcoin in exchange for loading a page full of ads or for watching videos. I also have one site to show you that's not a faucet, per se, but rather a site that pays Bitcoins in exchange for doing crowd-sourced tasks.
- A satoshi is currently the smallest fraction of a Bitcoin, or 0.00000001BTC. 1,000 satoshis would is 0.00001000BTC.
You'll need a Bitcoin wallet, either a standalone client wallet or a wallet from a service like Blockchain.info.
If you don't need the full rundown on each site, here are quick links in order of my preference.
|My Favorite Faucets|
|FreeBitco.in||318 satoshis to .318BTC||Hourly||Hands down my favorite faucet. Payouts tied to US$200 worth of Bitcoin, so it fluctuates up and down with the price of Bitcoin.|
|FreeDoge.co.in||15 Dogecoin to 1,500,000 Dogecoin||Hourly||Sister site to FreeBitco.in. Payouts are tied to $200 worth of Dogecoin. You'll need a Dogecoin wallet to sign up.|
|BitcoinGet||Up to 20,000 satoshis per task||N/A||The best site for earning Bitcoins for doing tasks. I have earned the most from this site.|
|BitcoinReward||Up to 12,000 satoshis per task||N/A||Another site for earning Bitcoin for doing tasks. Some tasks are complementary to what BitcoinGet offers.|
|BitcoinZebra||100 satoshis to 1,000 satoshis, plus free bonus opportunity||Hourly||I love this faucet. It's cute and it's fun. You win 100, 200, 300, 400, or 1,000 satoshis per visit. There's also a free bonus opportunity based on rolling virtual dive that can pay up to 3,000X!|
|DailyFreeBits||100 satoshis to 1,200 satoshis||Hourly||Straight forward faucet that pays up to 1,200 satoshis per visit. It's weighted, but I've hit the top mark many times. Recently increased to an hourly faucet.|
|Qoinpro||Multiple cryptocurrencies||N/A||This site is unique in my list. Just sign up and get daily Bitcoins, Litecoins, Dogecoins, Feather Coins, Infinite Coins, and Fedora Coins, without you having to do anything more. You get a bonus by getting other folks to sign up.|
|GratisBitco.in||10 Satoshis to 2,500 satoshis||Hourly||Free Bitcoins every hour by rolling virtual dice—payment based on the number you roll.|
|DailyBitcoins||50 satoshis to 100,000 satoshis||Hourly||Minimum 50 satoshi payout, but there are 800 or so bonus prizes (recently reduced) that pay up to 10,000 satoshis (recently reduced) per visit. Just reload the page until you get a prize you want.|
|Bitcoiner.net||200 satoshis to 1,000 satoshis||Daily||This daily faucet pays between 200 and 500 satoshis per day, with a loyalty bonus that pays up to double when you visit every day. Check out my full review for more details.|
|Litecoiner.net||0.00001000LTC to 0.00005000LTC||Daily||A sister site to the faucet above. You'll need a Litecoin wallet to sign up.|
|BitVisitor||10 satoshis up 2,400 satoshis||5 Minutes||This faucet pays you Bitcoins in exchange for loading up webpages. Payments have been decreased. Check out my full review for more info.|
|CoinCheckIn||15 satoshis to 100,000 satoshis||5 Minutes||
Changed domain to CoinCheckIn as of 8/31/2014. All account info and balanaces remain intact. Recently reduced payments significantly while the operators work on their business model. Payouts are based on a random number generator. You hit a bonus on an average of 1 in 18 spins. It's very fast.
|BTCRock||175 satoshis with bonus opportunity||50 Minutes||You get 6 tries to hit a free 3,000 satoshi bonus, with each try paying 35 satoshis by itself. That's 175 satoshis minimum, plus the bonus opportunity. These prizes represent decreases while the operators work on their business model.|
|Click2Dad||350 satoshis to 3,000 Satoshis||10 Seconds||Site has been slow to pay since I first added it, but the operators say they are working on it. View "ads" in exchange for Bitcoin. Ads are webpages, many of which are in Russian. Most require just 10 seconds, making it a very high payout. Ads reset after 12 hours.|
(These faucets all pay into one BitChest account for fast accumulation and payouts. This is a good format that's easy to use. See my full review for more information.)
|8coin.me||Daily||500 satoshis||Straight forward, easy to use.|
|BITcurl.met||4 Hours||250 satoshis||Straight forward, easy to use.|
|BitcoinFaucet.me||Hourly||120 satoshis||Straight forward, easy to use.|
|FreeCoinBit.com||Hourly||109 satoshis||Straight forward, easy to use.|
|GetBitcoinsQuick.com||30 Minutes||100 satoshis||Straight forward, easy to use.|
|RainCoins||Hourly||52 satoshis||Straight forward, easy to use.|
|SmurfCoin||30 Minutes||52 satoshis||Straight forward, easy to use.|
(Same as above, these faucets all pay into one Microwallet account with fast, automatic payouts. Some of these faucets have begun using redirects and AdFly, so I added a column for that info for those who want to avoid the hassles.)
|DailyFreeBits||100 satoshis to 1,200 satoshis||Hourly||Straight forward faucet that pays up to 1,200 satoshis per visit. It's weighted, but I've hit the top mark many times. Recently changed to hourly. Also listed with my favorite faucets.|
|Bitcoinker.com||100 satoshis to 300 satoshis||15 Minutes||400 to 800 satoshis per hour for the really motivated, but I have it in my hourly rotation.|
|LandOfBitcoins.com||2 satoshis (automatic)||1 Minute||I like this site. It has an automatic faucet that lets you accumulate 2 satoshis per minute. You just have to reload it every 15-30 minutes. There's also an automatic guide through other faucets that some folks seem to like.|
|Moon BitCoin||Variable||5 Minutes||New twist on the faucet - Adds 1 satoshi every few seconds, slowing down as it goes. You get the most satoshis per minute by collecting every 5 minutes, but if you have to wait longer, you'll get a larger payout.|
|Bitcoin Devils Faucet||25 satoshis to 500 satoshis||Hourly||Straight forward and easy to use. Sometimes runs out of funds, but always comes back.|
|PayFaucet||100 satoshis to 400 satoshis||30 Minutes||AdFly, Redirects||I hate the redirects—they're aggressive. The faucet is otherwise good.|
Readded - Bitcoin4free
|1 satoshi to 100,000 satoshis||Hourly||Just readded Bitcoin4free to my list as it is once again paying to Microwallet. The new payouts are from 1 satoshi to 100,000 satoshis. Absent information to the contrary, that's likely weighted.|
|Pizza Faucet||75 satoshis to 10,000 satoshis||3 hours||Straight forward, with weighted odds to win 75, 150, 300, 1,000, or 10,000 satoshis per visit.|
|New - Flying Faucet||100 satoshis to 10,000 satoshis||Hourly||Straight forward, easy to use. The Flying Faucet has weighted odds to win 100, 200, 300, 1,000, or 10,000 satoshis per visit|
|BestBTCFaucet||30 satoshis to 3,000 satoshis||3 hours||Straight forward, with the weighted odds to win 30, 50, 80, 100, 150, 300, 1,500, or 3,000 satoshis per visit.|
|Bitcoin Tap||400 satoshis to 2,000 satoshis||Daily||This is a straight forward daily faucet. It runs out of funds on occasion, but always comes back. I like this faucet.|
|BitcoinGator||25 satoshis to 1,000 satoshis||6 Hours||This is a straight forward 6-hour faucet. It runs out of funds on occasion, but always comes back. Prizes were recently increased.|
|BitcoinGenie||130 satoshis||6 Hours||Straight forward and east to use.|
|CoinGiveaway||50 satoshis to 500 satoshis||Hourly||Some redirects||Recently increased payments to to 50, 60, 70, 100, or 500 satoshis per visit. There are prettier faucets out there, but it pays.|
|100Satoshi||100 satoshis||Daily||Straight forward daily faucet.|
Readded - Bitcoin-Ace Faucet
|40 or 41 satoshis||Daily||Just added Bicoin-Ace Faucet to my list because it is once again paying what it says. That's currently 40 or 41 satoshis every 24 hours.|
|The Free Bitcoin Faucet||1 satoshi to 100 satoshis||Hourly||Aggressive pop-up ads.||Payments recently reduced to 1 to 100 satoshis/|
|Sandy Faucet||100 satoshis to 300 satoshis||Hourly||Redirects||Faucet still claims to pay from 100-300 satoshis per visit, but it appears to actually pay 1-50 satoshis. With a requirement to accumulate 3,000 satoshis, payouts are very, very slow. Use with caution.|
(Same as above, these faucets all pay into one Coinbox.me account with fast, automatic payouts.)
|Señor Bitcoin||20 satoshis||30 Minutes||Straight forward, but low payout.|
|Can Has Bitcoin||60 satoshis||30 Minutes||Straight forward, but low payout.|
|FaucetBTC||20 satoshis||30 Minutes||Straight forward, but low payout.|
|BitcoinSpain||20 satoshis||30 Minutes||Straight forward, but low payout.|
|FreeBTC4all||20 satoshis||30 Minutes||Straight forward, but low payout.|
|Fr33bitcoins||20 satoshis||30 Minutes||Straight forward, but low payout.|
|Two More Faucets|
|BitcoinFaucet.tk||100 satoshis||6 Hours||Payouts are small, but faucet is straight forward and pays when it says.|
|FreeCoins4.me||1 satoshi to 100 satoshis||8 Hours||AdFly/Redirects||With small payouts, this site had more promise when it was first introduced. Recently the operator added AdFly and aggressive redirects, which sucks.|
Faucets I am Testing
- New - CheapBitcoins - A new faucet mentioned in the comments. It pays 100 satoshis every two hours, and I'm currently testing it to see if it pays.
- HourlyBitcoins- Faucet has been out of funds for the last two weeks.
In the following pages, I take a detailed look at each of the faucets, including how they work, how they pay, and anything else you might want to know.
Next: Full Reviews of My 15 Favorite Faucets