[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)
- DailyFreeBits - (A 6-hour faucet that pays out 200-1200 satoshis with each visit)
- 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)
- FreeBitcoinz.tk - (An hourly faucet that pays 100-1000 satoshis, with the percentage chance posted right on the site)
- 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)
- Surf4bits.com - (A half-hour faucet that pays 20 satoshis)
- 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)
- Good Faucets with Caveats
- FreeBitcoinz.com - (A very cool faucet, but recently they've been slow to pay. I'll update once this changes.)
Faucets I Am Testing (with a short description)
- LandOfBitcoins.com - (Automatic free Bitcoins every minute (renewable every half hour))
- FreeCoins4.me - (A small amount of free Bitcoins every 8 hours. The site is in alpha, with more features coming soon.)
The Descriptions in Full
This is my favorite faucet because it has an element of gamble without any risk. First of all, click on the "Free Play" link at the top of the site. That's the faucet part of this site.
Once there, you can "roll" once per hour and a random number generator will toss back a number between 1 and 10,000. The higher the number, the bigger the payout, and the highest number pays out more than 0.2BTC. At 1 in 10,000, that makes every roll exciting.
In the screenshot below, you can see the payout table, but it changes frequently as the price of Bitcoin fluctuates. I have received many larger payouts, and in the screenshot below you can see my highest roll—9988—good enough for the 4th highest payout. I'm not sure that it's truly a random number generator, but even the lowest payout makes this the best faucet around
Payouts happen once a week, and I've earned more than 0.01BTC from just this faucet. There are all sorts of stats to look at, both personal and site-wide.
Update: I updated the screenshot below with my best roll to-date, 9988, good enough for 0.00021978BTC. w00t!
This is the site that's paid me the most—I've earned 0.078BTC—but it's also the site that has required the most effort. BitcoinGet pays for three things, crowd-sourced tasks, watching videos, and a category called "Special Offers" for filling out surveys and giving all your personal information to third-party companies. I don't recommend the last option, but the first two work just fine.
[Update 3/7/2014: BitcoinGet recently increased the size of their payouts significantly.]
Performing tasks is the thing that most people will find interesting. These range from doing Google searches, recording search result ranking and offering feedback on web design, to determining the meaning of a passage of text, to trying different CAPTCHA methods, to flagging adult images, to checking for expiration dates on deals.
The key here is to only do tasks that are worth your time. If a task pays µ6BTC and takes 10 minutes, you're wasting your time. That said, with today's BTC value in the US$600-$700 range, some tasks pay as much as µ400BTC and take very little time. They still might not be worth your time on an hourly basis, but if your goal is to get Bitcoins without paying cash, free is free.
Please note that the tasks are refreshed throughout the day. If you find a task you like doing, come back tomorrow at the same time and you'll probably find it again.
Lastly, note that prices paid float up and down as the price of Bitcoin changes. They pay once a day when you accumulate more than µ100BTC, and it's regular as clockwork.
This site is fascinating, in part because the company behind it has not revealed its full business plan. What it's started off with, though, is a site that pays out free Bitcoins, Litecoins, FeatherCoins, FedoraCoins, and InfiniteCoins every day without you doing a thing except for registering and activating your account.
You get the highest payout when you first sign up, but thereafter your daily payments are quite small. In both cases, you get each of the coins above with more alt-coins coming. Plus, you're not doing a thing to receive it. You don't even have to visit the site, but Qoinpro says that this is just the beginning and that their business model will become clear as they continue to roll out features.
That's all pretty cool, but the real benefits of this site come from getting your friends to sign up, because you get a percentage of their signup bonus and daily payouts, up to four levels deep with more levels to come. In addition, your own daily bonus increases as you get more referrals.
I like BitVisitor for two reasons. The first is that it pays, and the second is that I've been exposed to some new things from their advertisers. BitVisitor pays from µ0.8BTC to µ10.6BTC for loading up a webpage. You have to leave it up for five minutes, and you don't get credit until you click a green "Next" button that appears after the five minutes have elapsed.
The amounts vary as the price of BTC rises and falls. The prizes above are the most current, as of March 7th, 2014.
You can earn a maximum of µ100BTC per day, and BitVisitor won't always have pages for you to load. But I've earned more than 0.03BTC. You don't have to pay attention to the webpages, of course, but I tend to notice new ones as they come in, so I'd say it works for the advertisers.
This is what it looks like:
Here's another super fun faucet that lets you get your gamble on without risking anything. GratisBitco.in is an hourly faucet that pays out based on a "roll" of six virtual 6-sided dice. Roll below 21 and get 10 satoshis. Roll above 21 and get 30 satoshis. Roll exactly 21 and get 100 satoshis. Roll 36 and get 2,500 satoshis.
Sounds pretty easy, right? Well, keep in mind that rolling a 6 on all six 6-sided dice is a 1 in 46,656 event. You could get lucky, but don't quit your day job planning on binking a 36 every hour.
Please note that the free faucet is on the home page. There's also a "Play Dice" page that allows you to gamble with the Bitcoins you've earned. I am not recommending that you actually gamble, and am not endorsing the "Play Dice" page.
This site says it pays out when your balance reaches 0.0001BTC, but I've actually gotten payments at 0.0006BTC. It will take many visits to reach either amount, but each visit is fun!
Here's a six hour faucet that I like. Daily Free Bits pays from 100-1200 satoshis with every visit, and those numbers seem fairly random as I've gotten results all across that spread. It's pretty straight forward: Enter your Bitcoin address and the "Go" button. If you're eligible (i.e. it's been more than six hours), you get a CAPTCHA that you enter, and boom, free Bitcoins.
If it's been less than six hours, you get a reminder to wait, plus there's a countdown right on the page to make it easy to see how long you have to wait.
They say that they payout when you've accumulated 60,000 satoshis, which will take a while, but it's better to wait until you hit 100,000 satoshis so you don't pay a transaction fee.
Better yet, use your Microwallet.org address and they'll send your payment to your Microwallet account at just 3,500 satoshis. That's the way to do it because it means all your Microwallet payments will come faster. See my Microwallet section below for more information.
Daily Free Bits Screenshot
This site is closer to a straight faucet. Once an hour you can load the page, enter your Bitcoin wallet address, enter the CAPTCHA, and get µ0.5BTC. Done and done. But, DailyBitcoins ups the ante a bit by including roughly 1,200 larger rewards every day, up to 0.01BTC at a time.
There's even a schedule of those prizes—they're metered out every few minutes—so you can optimize your obsessive refreshing along with everyone else. This might not be worth it on an absolute hourly basis, but if you want to get free Bitcoins, it works.
Update 3/7/2014: The number of extra prizes has been adjusted to 1,200 per day. This makes it much easier to get the larger prizes if you have the patience to reload. Check the "Prizes" tab for the upcoming schedule of bigger payouts.
DailyBitcoins will pay out within 24 hours once you reach a balance of 0.0001BTC. If you're going to use this site regularly, take the time to register so that it remembers your Bitcoin wallet address.
No sooner had I updated this list with a note about MMOClub.com Faucet not having paid out in a few weeks than the site reloaded its bank and resumed payouts.
It's an hourly faucet that pays between 1 and 500 satoshis (see the terms above for how much that is). You can trigger a manual payout once you've accumulated 10,000 (or more) satoshis, or 0.00001BTC. Payouts are sometimes instant and sometimes take a few hours.
Update: The average payout on MMOClub.com has been reduced to 80 satoshis with the addition of smaller increments.
Tip: the faucet tells you exactly how many satoshis are loaded up at any given moment. Only trigger a manual payout when the faucet has enough satoshis loaded to cover your payout.
MMOClub.com Faucet Screenshots
Bitcoiner.net is a daily faucet, and as such you won't accumulate Bitcoins very fast. In a few weeks, I've earned 0.0003BTC. It's also ad-supported, and as such requires little more than a few seconds a day.
There's a random element and a long-term reward program, too. The amount offered is reset every hour (the 24-hour cycle begins at midnight GMT), so if the amount being offered in any particular hour is too low, come back later.
There's also a "prize multiplier." It's a little weird, so let me explain. When you check that you want an "automatic payout," the site pays out once you reach 0.00013BTC. But, every day that you check that box (when submitting), you get a cumulative prize multiplier of 0.05x per day, starting at 1x and going up to a maximum of 2x cumulative.
The thing is you get a message that says, "you've checked the 'I want a payout today', but you haven't accumulated [the] required 0.00013 BTC." It sounds like you did something wrong, but you didn't. Just do it every time, and whatever amount is on the screen gets multiplied before being added to your total.
Tip: Payout amounts currently range from a low of 0.0000022BTC to 0.00000500BTC (that I've seen). I pull the trigger any time I see a payout above 0.00000440BTC. As noted above, that amount is then multiplied by the multiplier before being added to your balance.
Bitcoiner.net - Make sure you check that "I want a payout today" checkbox each time!
It has a sister site called Litecoiner.net that pays out in Litecoins. Litecoin, or LTC, is the biggest so-called "alt-coin," the catch-all name for Bitcoin copycats. LTC tends to be worth from 1 percent to 3 percent of a Bitcoin. You'll need a separate Litecoin wallet and address to use that site.
I have a collection of sites that pay out to an intermediary wallet, just like the Coinbox.me-related sites.
It doesn't matter, though, because if you use the same Bitcoin address for your payments on all three sites, you'll get your payments from Microwallet.org that much quicker. Microwallet.org's automatic payout level is 0.000058BTC.
As with all of the sites in my list, I can confirm that all three of these sites pay out just as they say they will.
PayFaucet is a 30-minute faucet, meaning you can hit it twice an hour. Each time, it pays between 20 and 200 satoshis, which is easily the best of the 30-minute faucets, but still not as good as the best hourly faucets above. Note, however, that PayFaucet frequently redirects to AdFly, an advertising site, and it also uses AdFly to pop up windows on your browser. If you use this faucet, pay attention, and if you don't like popup windows, avoid it entirely.
Bitcoin Tap is a daily faucet, meaning you can use it once every 24 hours. As such, you should put it in with your other daily faucets so you can do all of them at one time. It pays either 400, 800, 1,200, 1,600, or 2,000 satoshis.
Fibbonacci Faucet is a curious little beast. You can get a dispense every 2-hours, and it pays out a very small amount, between 1 and 144 satoshis, with an average payout of only 34 satoshis. It would hardly be worth the effort if it wasn't also feeding into your Microwallet.org account.
FreeBitcoinz.tk is a new faucet with a payout table published openly on the site: 1000 satoshi: 0.36% 750 satoshi: 2.88% 500 satoshi: 6.83% 300 satoshi: 21.58% 200 satoshi: 32.37% 100 satoshi: 35.97% . It's an hourly faucet, and those payouts make it one of the best faucets out there.
BitcoinGator is 6-hour faucet that pays 10, 25, 50, 75, 100, 150, 300, or 500 satoshis, with an equal percentage chance of hitting any of those levels.
Surf4Bits.com is a simple faucet that pays out 20 satoshis every 30 minutes. It's easy to do, and though the payouts are small, paying out directly to your Microwallet account makes it a no-brainer.
BitcoinEarn is a 20 minute faucet that ostensibly pays between 1 and 5,000 satoshis. In hundreds of visits, though, I've never gotten more than 50 satoshis, so the higher payouts are most likely weighted to payout very, very rarely. Still, free Bitcoins. It's part of my 30-minute collection that I visit when I think about it.
BitcoinEarn also has an automatic engine that pays out 1-10 satoshis once every 5 minutes without you doing a thing. It's called "Generate," and you just need to renew it every few hours. Note, however, that getting a Generate automatic payment keeps you from being eligible for the 20-minute part of the site.
Daily Free Bits - I reviewed this site in the section above, but they have a Microwallet option in addition to their other Bitcoin address option. If you're going to use this faucet, use your Microwallet address.
PayFaucet, Bitcoin Tap, Fibbonacci Faucet, and Microwallet.org Screenshots
I have a trio of sites to tell you about at the same time, Señor Bitcoin, Can Has Bitcoin, and FaucetBTC. All three sites are operated by the same company, and they all pay out together.
Firstly, they are 30 minute faucets, meaning you can return to them every half hour and get some free Bitcoins. They pay out very small amounts, however, either 0.0000002BTC or 0.0000006BTC, for a cumulative total of 0.000001BTC if you visit all three sites at the same time—and you can do that twice an hour if you're motivated.
They payout to your BTC address, but they send it to a holding service called CoinBox.me. That site then holds your winnings from all three sites until you reach a total of 0.000055BTC. I can confirm that they pay out to your wallet once you reach that amount.
These sites are quirky, and Can Has Bitcoin is intentionally a throw-back eyesore, but they make it easy to get some free Bitcoins.
Señor Bitcoin, Can Has Bitcoin, and FaucetBTC Screenshots
Update: BitcoinFaucet.tk has cut each dispense sharply. It's still free Bitcoins (yay!), but it will take a while to earn enough to get a payout.
When I first posted this guide, this was a new faucet, but I can now confirm that it pays. It's a 6-hour faucet, I've accumulated 0.00016BTC over several weeks.
It's pretty straight forward. Load the page, enter your Bitcoin wallet address, enter the CAPTCHA, and come back in six hours.
Faucets with Caveats
This is a very cool faucet, and I have received several payments from them. In the last month, however, they haven't paid out, and according to posts on BitcoinTalk.org, they're trying to clean out their database of bot accounts and other cheaters.
I have no idea if they will resume regular payments, but since this is a daily faucet, I will continue to to visit it on the assumption that payments will resume.
You earn 1,000 satoshis by visiting the home page and filling out a CAPTCHA. Once you do that, you can click over to the Extra page and repeat the process for another 1,000 satoshis. Easy!
That means it currently takes 50 visits if you hit both the Home page and the Extras page to get your free 0.001BTC, and it takes very little work per visit. The site also offers "Tasks," but these are largely surveys and offers from third party companies wanting your personal info. I don't recommend doing that sort of thing.
In the screenshot below, note my balance in the lower right corner.
If you have fiat cash (i.e. dollars or euros) you want to invest in Bitcoins, just buy them. None of these faucets pay out enough to warrant the time you spend. Hitting these faucets is not a job replacement.
But, it's fun and it's easy, and if it's sitting there in the background and you hit them when you're taking a break from work or futzing around on your iPad, it's essentially free bitcoins. Today's 0.01BTC is worth about US$6.70. But if Bitcoin hits $40,000 like the Winkelvoss Twins think it will, that same 0.01BTC would be worth $400, and I've personally earned .24BTC from these faucets over the last couple of months.
That would retroactively make the time you spend loading a page and entering some CAPTCHA information a different equation.
And in the meanwhile, you could even use these free Bitcoins to play some online poker.