[Updated April 11th, 2014 - Removed some faucets that have gone dark, added several new faucets, and added pagination for easier reading. I also noted that many faucets have increased their payouts because the price of Bitcoin has decreased. DailyFreeBits was moved to the Microwallet.org section. - Bryan]
[Updated March 7th, 2014 - Added 6 new faucets with short reviews for all of the faucets to augment the full reviews. I'm still testing two other faucets, as well. - Bryan]
[Updated February 7th, 2014 - Added three new faucets—bringing the total to 14—and updated some the original descriptions with additional information. I also mentioned three faucets that I am testing that I'll add to the official list once I receive a payout. - Bryan]
[Updated January 17th, 2014 - Added three new faucets—bringing the total to 11—and updated some the original descriptions with additional information. - 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 that I can personally attest pay out when and how they say they will as I've collected 0.24 BTC from them.
This also seems like a good place to mention that I'm presenting a Bitcoin session at Macworld/iWorld 2014.
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.
- µBTC/uBTC is a micro Bitcoin, or 0.000001BTC.
- A satoshi is currently the smallest fraction of a Bitcoin, or 0.00000001BTC.
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 below, here are quick links in order of my preference.
- My Favorite Faucets
- FreeBitco.in - (Hands down my favorite faucet)
- BitcoinGet -(Best site for earning Bitcoins for tasks)
- Qoinpro - (Register for free Bitcoins, Litecoins, and other alt-coins every day, automatically. More features coming. Make sure to activate your registration, too)
- BitVisitor -(Earn Bitcoins every 5 minutes - pays daily)
- GratisBitco.in - (Free Bitcoins every hour by rolling virtual dice—payment based on the number you roll)
- DailyBitcoins - (Hourly faucet. Current "prize" structure makes it easy to get higher payouts)
- MMOClub.com Faucet - (Hourly faucet that pays between 1 and 500 sathoshis)
- Bitcoiner.net and Litecoiner.net - (Two daily faucets that pay like clockwork)
- Mirowallet.org Collection (These faucets all pay into one Microwallet account for fast accumulation and payouts. This is a good format that's easy to use.)
- PayFaucet - (A half-hour faucet that pays out 50-200 satoshis every visit)
- DailyFreeBits - (A 6-hour faucet that pays out 100-1200 satoshis with each visit)
- LandOfBitcoins.com - (Automatic free Bitcoins every minute (renewable every half hour))
- New - CoinOmega - (Choose your timing - 10 minutes, 1 hour, or daily faucet)
- New - Crypto Faucet - (12 hour faucet paying up to 300 satoshis)
- Bitcoin Tap - (A daily faucet paying 400-2000 satoshis. See full review below for more)
- BitcoinGator - (A 6-hour faucet that pays 10-500 satoshis)
- New - Persian Faucet - (Two faucets on one page, but it generates a ton of popup webpages)
- Bitcoin Earn - (A 20 minute faucet with an automatic feature, too. See full review for more)
- Fibonacci Faucet - (A two-hour faucet with small payouts)
- Coinbox.me Trio - (Same as above, they all pay into a Coinbox account with fast, automatic payouts)
- Señor Bitcoin - (A half-hour faucet that pays 20 satoshis)
- Can Has Bitcoin - (A half-hour faucet that pays 80 satoshis)
- FaucetBTC - (A half-hour faucet that pays 20 satoshis)
- Other Faucets
- BitcoinFaucet.tk - (A 6-hour faucet with small payouts, but regular payments)
- FreeCoins4.me - (A small amount of free Bitcoins every 8 hours. The site is in alpha, with more features coming soon.)
- Faucets with
- FreeBitcoinz.com - (Used to be a cool faucet, but hasn't paid in 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 10 Favorite Faucets