[Update #28, May 25th, 2016 - MonsterBTC hasn't paid out since they were added to our list, the site is now offline. Removed it from our list. - Bryan]
[Update #27, May 6th, 2016 - Added MonsterBTC, the new highest-paying faucet by a lot. Updated the amounts paid out by FreeBitco.in and FreeDogeco.in, which have decreased because of the rise in Bitcoin. - 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, wiring money to a Bitcoin exchange, or buying through LocalBitcoins.
Before we get to the faucets, Bitcoin is a virtual cryptocurrency—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.
Most of these faucets work by paying out tiny fractions of a Bitcoin in exchange for loading a page full of ads or for watching videos. I've also listed sites that pay Bitcoins in exchange for doing crowd-sourced tasks.
I've broken the list up into several sections: My Favorite Faucets, The Microwallet Collection, Other Faucets, and Faucets with Caveats and Warnings.
- 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-side wallet or a wallet from a service like Blockchain.info.
For Dogecoin faucets, download the Dogecoin wallet.
|My Favorite Faucets|
|FreeBitco.in||736 satoshis to .436BTC||Hourly||Hands down my favorite faucet. Payouts tied to current Bitcoin price, meaning payouts fluctuate up and down with the price of Bitcoin. As of this writing, payouts start at 955 satoshis (BTC priced at $419), the highest of any faucet by far. I've won the first three levels of prizes over time. This site has been stable for almost two years, and payments are regular and timely.|
|FreeDoge.co.in||8.68 Dogecoin to 514,350 Dogecoin||Hourly||Sister site to FreeBitco.in. Payouts start at 10.29 DOGE, which is more than 500 satoshis as of this writing. You'll need a Dogecoin wallet to sign up.|
|BitcoinZebra||200 satoshis to 3,000 satoshis, plus free bonus opportunity||Hourly||I love this faucet. It's cute and it's fun. You win 200, 300, 400, 500, or 3,000 satoshis per visit. I've won all levels, but it's weighted towards the low end. There's also a free bonus opportunity based on rolling virtual dive that can pay up to 3,000X.|
|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.|
|Moon Dogecoin||Variable||5 Minutes||Sister site to Moon Bitcoin above. Starts at 0.05 Dogecoin, adding more Dogecoin every few seconds, slowing down as it goes. You get the most Dogecoin per minute by collecting every 5 minutes, but if you have to wait longer, you'll get a larger payout. Also listed with my favorites.|
|777Bitco.in||218 satoshis to 0.11BTC||15 minutes||I've never won more than the minimum on this faucet, but it's straight forward and has been paying promptly for more than a year.|
|Crococoin||100 satoshis to 1BTC||30 Minutes||Crococoin pays out 100 satoshis, 10,000 satoshis, 1,000,000 satoshis, or a full Bitcoin—the odds aren't posted, but it's heavily weighted towards the bottom payout. I've personally gotten 10,000 satoshis four times. Requires an email address to register.|
|New - Dance Faucet||Variable||5 Minutes||Dance Faucet takes a new approach. With each go at the faucet, you win "tickets" that are traded in at the end of the day based on the value of the advertising for that day. Like MoonBitcoin, the longer you wait, the more tickets/satoshis you get. But if you went every five minutes, you'd get more tickets/satoshis in a day.|
|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.|
|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.|
|FreeBetco.in||250 satoshis||Hourly||Despite the similar name, this faucet isn't related to FreeBitco.in—nor is it a gambling site. It pays from 301 - 1,200 satoshis per visit, hourly, but I've never won more than the current minimum, ever.|
|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 referring other folks to sign up.|
|DailyBitcoins||50 satoshis to 100,000 satoshis||Hourly||Minimum 50 satoshi payout, but there are 800 or so bonus prizes every day that pay up to 30,000 satoshis per visit. Just reload the page until you get a prize you want.|
|DogeCheckIn||0.3 Dogecoin to 2,000 Dogecoin||5 Minutes||I do love Dogecoin! Sister site to CoinCheckIn above. Payouts are based on a random number generator. You hit a bonus on an average of 1 in 18 spins. It's very fast.|
|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. It pays through FaucetBOX.|
|Litecoiner.net||0.00002000LTC to 0.00005000LTC||Daily||A sister site to the faucet above. You'll need a Litecoin wallet to sign up. Litecoiner's payment engine is working fine.|
|BonusBitcoin||231 Satoshis||15 Minutes||BonusBitcoin pays 231 satoshis every 15 minutes. They require a valid email and a login to play citing security. It's straight forward.|
|Rena Faucet||268 to 178,000 satoshis||30 Minutes||Rena Faucet pays between 268 and 178,000 satoshis, with the weighted odds posted plainly. I've won as much the second highest payout. There's a bonus roll to double your payout, too.|
|Rena Dogecoin||4.6 DOGE to 3,090 DOGE||30 Minutes||Same concept as the other Rena faucets, but prizes are in Dogecoin.|
|99 Milli||100 satoshis to 10,000 satoshis||5 Minutes||Straight forward and east to use.|
|Darkfaucet||262 satoshis to 2,000 satoshis||30 Minutes||Log in with your Faucetbox address, then click the Faucet tab. It has a straight forward CAPTCHA—you can click "Send straight to Faucebox" or leave that unchecked to play a bonus game that then pays out to Faucetbox.|
|Bitcoinker.com||100 satoshis to 1,200 satoshis||15 Minutes||This faucet pays either 100, 200, or 1,200 satoshis. But you can also just choose to get a straight 600 satoshis per roll. Have seen some ads redirect to malware sites.|
|BitVisitor||40 satoshis up 2,400 satoshis||5 Minutes||This faucet pays you Bitcoins in exchange for loading up webpages. Straight forward, and websites load in the background.|
|GreenBitco.in||100-1000 satoshis||15 Minutes||A straight forward faucet paying 100, 120, 140, 150, 250, 300, 2,000, or 200,000 satoshis—odds aren't posted, but it appears to be weighted towards the bottom. Uses a double CAPCTHA before the submit button is revealed.|
|BitcoinFaucet.tk||100 satoshis||Hourly||Payouts are small, but faucet is straight forward and pays when it says.|
|StarsBit||33 - 999 satoshis||10 Minutes||Another faucet owned by the folks behind Gold's Day, StarsBit pays between 66 and 999 satoshis, but the more you play, the less you win per visit. It pays to your same ePay account, so use the same address for all three of these faucets.|
|Golds Day||Up to 1,000 satoshis, plus Jackpot||10 Minutes||Golds Day uses a lottery wheel metaphor with prizes from 150 to 1,000 satoshis. There's also a jackpot up to several million satoshis that gets won roughly once every day or two. The more you play, the less you'll win per visit.|
|Coin Collecting||111 to 999 satoshis||10 Minutes||Currently paying 2X prizes - Coin Collecting is owned by the same people that run Golds Day. It uses a scratch off metaphor that currently paying between 66 satoshis and 999 satoshis. I've won all the prizes, but the more you play, the less you win per visit. It's so quick, though, it's worth it. It pays out to ePay the same as above.|
|CoinCheckIn||15 satoshis to 100,000 satoshis||5 Minutes||Payments appear to be on hold, but you can continue to play if you wish. Payouts are based on a random number generator. You hit a bonus on an average of 1 in 18 spins. It's very fast.|
|USA Faucet||650 to 30,000,000 satoshis||4 Hours||Faucet is "under maintenance" as of this writing.|