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 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 as I’ve collected 0.57 BTC from them.

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.

Terms:

  • 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.

For trusted bitcoin faucet sites, click here.