[Updated July 27th, 2014 - Added two more faucets. Removed two faucets from the warning list because they have been fixed and are once again paying out as decribed. - Bryan]
[Updated July 18th, 2014 - Improved formatting to make this guide easier to use. Unified my descriptions to use satoshis for payout descriptions. Removed several faucets that have gone dark or turned into scams. Added more faucets that have been confirmed to pay. - 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.
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||8 Dogecoin to 800,000 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.|
|LuckyCheckIn||15 satoshis to 1.2 million satoshis||5 Minutes||Payouts are based on a random number generator. You hit a bonus on an average of 1 in 18 spins. It's very fast.|
|New - Click2Dad||350 satoshis to 3,000 Satoshis||10 Seconds||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 a few hours.|
|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||3 Hours||Straight forward faucet that pays up to 1,200 satoshis per visit. It's weighted, but I've hit the top mark many times.|
|BTCRock||318 Satosis with bonus opportunity||50 Minutes||You get 6 tries to hit a free 5,000 satoshi bonus, with each try paying 53 satoshis by itself. That's 318 satoshis minimum, plus the bonus opportunity.|
|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 1,200 or so bonus prizes that pay up to 100,000 satoshis 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, moving this faucet to the bottom of my favorite's list. Check out my full review for more info.|
(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.|
|New - 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.)
|Bitcoinker.com||100 satoshis to 300 satoshis||15 Minutes||Great faucet! 400 to 1,200 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.|
|Bitcoin Devils Faucet||25 satoshis to 500 satoshis||Hourly||Straight forward and easy to use.|
|HourlyBitcoins||1 satoshis to 300 satoshis||Hourly||Straight forward, with an even chance to win 1, 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 100, 150, 200, 250, or 300 satoshis.|
|DailyFreeBits||100 satoshis to 1,200 satoshis||Straight forward faucet that pays up to 1,200 satoshis per visit. It's weighted, but I've hit the top mark many times. Also listed with my favorite faucets.|
|New - 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.|
|PayFaucet||100 satoshis to 400 satoshis||30 Minutes||AdFly, Redirects||I hate the redirects—they're aggressive. The faucet is otherwise good.|
|The Free Bitcoin Faucet||100 satoshis to 300 satoshis||Hourly||Redirects||Recently fixed, this faucet is once again paying out to Mirowallet. It pays 100, 150, 200, 250, or 300 satoshis.|
|Sandy Faucet||100 satoshis to 300 satoshis||Hourly||Redirects||Recently fixed, this faucet is once again paying out to Mirowallet. It pays between 100-300 satoshis, but it accumulates those satoshis until you reach 3,000, at which point it pays all at once.|
|New - Pizza Faucet||75 satoshis to 10,000 satoshis||3 hours||Straight forward, with the weighted odds to win 75, 150, 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||10 satoshis to 500 satoshis||6 Hours||This is a straight forward 6-hour faucet. It runs out of funds on occasion, but always comes back.|
|New - BitcoinGenie||130 satoshis||6 Hours||Straight forward and east to use.|
|Bitkong.tk||1 satoshi to 512 satoshis||4 Hours||Faucet pays 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, or 512 satoshis, equally weighted. There is a small chance of winning tens of thousands of satoshis in a free jackpot bonus. I've seen it reach almost 100,000 satoshis.|
|CoinGiveaway||10 satoshis to 300 satoshis||Hourly||Some redirects||This is an ugly faucet, and sometimes it will redirect you to other webpages.|
|100Satoshi||100 satoshis||Daily||Straight forward daily faucet.|
(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.|
|New - FreeBTC4all||20 satoshis||30 Minutes||Straight forward, but low payout.|
|New - 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.
- Bitcoin-Ace Faucet - (Faucet says is is paying 131 satoshis, but only pays 1 satoshi)
- BitCoin Game Changer - (Faucet out of funds for some time)
- MMOClub.com Faucet - (Faucet out of funds for some time)
- Bitcoin4free - (Faucet out of funds for some time)
- Freesatoshi.ga - (Faucet out of funds for some time)
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