Best Patreon Alternatives in 2021

    Patreon is described as 'In 2013, YouTube musician Jack Conte was looking for a solution to his problem: millions of people loved his videos, but only hundreds of dollars were hitting his bank account' and is an app in the Development category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Patreon for a variety of platforms, including Online / Web-based, Android, SaaS, iPhone and Self-Hosted solutions. The best alternative is MintMe, which is free. Other great apps like Patreon are Liberapay (Free, Open Source), Bandcamp (Freemium), Ko-fi (Freemium) and Open Collective (Freemium, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 8, 2021

    1. MintMe revolutionizes how people help each other by allowing both sides to earn through an innovative way of crowdfunding. Anyone can create a token that represents themselves or a project in just a few clicks.
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      Almost everyone thinks MintMe is a great alternative to Patreon.
    2. Liberapay is a way to donate money recurrently to people whose work you appreciate. Liberapay does not take a cut of payments, recipients get the full face value. The service is funded by the donations to its own account.
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      Liberapay vs Patreon opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Liberapay is a great alternative to Patreon.
      dataculi They don't take a cut of the donations. The only way they make money is from donations themselves
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

      All the features, but doesn't take a cut of the donations
      Top positive comment  almost 3 years ago

      There is no way to provide incentives for different donation tiers and payments can only be processed through Paypal which isn't anonymous.
      Top negative comment  almost 2 years ago

      Can't have counterparts for the donators...
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

      Changaco Unlike Patreon, Liberapay doesn't take a cut on payments.
      Positive comment over 5 years ago


    3. Discover amazing new music and directly support the artists who make it.
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      Bandcamp vs Patreon opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Bandcamp is still a legitimate alternative to Patreon, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      Bandcamp is for music only, so it's not alike to Patreon
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

    4. Ko-fi is the fast, friendly, 0% fee way to ask fans to support your work for the price of a coffee. Coffee's just a metaphor (You don’t have to buy actual coffee!). Donations - Receive donations directly from your fans with 0% platform fees.
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      Most users think Ko-fi is a great alternative to Patreon.
    5. Recurring funding for groups. Accept money without creating a new bank account, and be fully transparent about where that money is going.
      Open Collective vs Patreon opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Open Collective is a great alternative to Patreon.
      CapR Open Collective has PayPal support. LibraPay doesn't. Plus Open Collective has a more sensible business model than collecting donations like LibraPay does.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago


      • Online
      • Android
      • Google Chrome
      Flattr is a social micropayment service, that makes it easy for you to "flatter" things on the internet that you like. When you're registered to Flattr, you pay a small monthly fee of your own choosing.
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      Flattr vs Patreon opinions
      Some users think Flattr is a great alternative to Patreon, some don't.
      grag Patreon is on-going monthly support (a subscription) while Flattr is an a micro-payment tipping system. It's unlikely people looking for alternatives to Patreon will find Flattr to be a good replacement.
      Negative comment almost 5 years ago

      It doesn't work in the same way, but have the same goal: reward creators on internet.
      Positive comment almost 6 years ago

      If you don't have the money or are not sure if your project is going to return revenue, it's the best alternative since it uses micro-payment tipping system.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

    6. A free, fast, and friendly way to accept donations💰 Buy Me a Coffee is a free platform for creators (bloggers, developers, artists) to receive donations from their audience in a friendly manner 🎉 FEATURES: – Multiple payout options: Paypal and Stripe...
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      Buy Me a Coffee vs Patreon opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Buy Me a Coffee is a great alternative to Patreon.
      quick donation in friendly way
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

    7. BountySource is a funding platform for open-source bugs and features. Anyone can can post a monetary bounty on an open source project's issues (currently only projects hosted on Github are supported), encouraging other developers to come and work on a solution.
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      BountySource vs Patreon opinions
      Some users think BountySource is a great alternative to Patreon, some don't.
      They are for money going out not coming in
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

    8. SubscribeStar is an online media content marketplace that operates on a subscription basis. We allow users to expose their talents and earn money.
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      Almost everyone thinks SubscribeStar is a great alternative to Patreon.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Online
      "Tip" the creators you like.
      Almost everyone thinks Tipeee is a great alternative to Patreon.
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