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Free Patreon Alternatives

The best free alternative to Patreon is Liberapay, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Patreon and loads of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Patreon are MintMe, Bandcamp, Ko-fi and Open Collective.

Patreon alternatives are mainly Crowdfunding Services but may also be Music Streaming Services or Music Discovery Services. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Patreon.
This page was last updated Jun 25, 2022
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  1. Liberapay is a way to donate money recurrently to people whose work you appreciate.

    Liberapay vs Patreon opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Liberapay is a great alternative to Patreon.
    Changaco

    Unlike Patreon, Liberapay doesn't take a cut on payments.

    Top positive comment  about 6 years ago
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    Sandro_Linux

    No fees, less censorship, ethical software (open source)

    Top positive comment  8 months ago
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    Can't have counterparts for the donators...

    Top negative comment  over 3 years ago
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    -4

    There is no way to provide incentives for different donation tiers and payments can only be processed through Paypal which isn't anonymous.

    Negative comment over 2 years ago
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    dataculi

    They don't take a cut of the donations. The only way they make money is from donations themselves

    Positive comment over 3 years ago
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    All the features, but doesn't take a cut of the donations

    Positive comment almost 4 years ago
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  2. MintMe revolutionizes how people help each other by allowing both sides to earn through an innovative way of crowdfunding.

    Almost everyone thinks MintMe is a great alternative to Patreon.


  3. Bandcamp helps artists sell their music and merch directly to their fans, and helps fans discover new music and directly support those who make it.

    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 3 years ago
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  4. Ko-fi

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online
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    • Twitter

    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!).

    Most users think Ko-fi is a great alternative to Patreon.
  5. Open Collective

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Online

    Open Collective lets you manage your finances so everyone can see where money comes from and where it goes. Collect and spend money transparently.

    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 almost 3 years ago
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  6. Buy Me a Coffee

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online

    A fast and friendly way to accept donations .

    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 4 years ago
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  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.

    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 3 years ago
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  8. Create a free, zero-fee webpage for accepting payments & donations.

  9. Tipeee

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online

    "Tip" the creators you like.

    Almost everyone thinks Tipeee is a great alternative to Patreon.
  10. Kiva

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online

    Kiva is the world's first online lending platform connecting online lenders to entrepreneurs across the globe.

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