Buy Me A Coffee is a free and beautiful Ko-fi alternative.

Buy Me A Coffee is a free, fast, and beautiful way to accept tips and monthly support from your audience. You can also share supporter-only posts, sell digital downloads, set goals, and more! Best part - all of these features are available to all, and we never ask you to pay a monthly fee to unlock a feature!

Why Creators choose Buy Me A Coffee over Ko-fi.

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One-time / Tipping

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Monthly Support

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Supporter-only posts

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Payment Methods

Credit Card, PayPal,
Apple Pay, Google Pay
Credit Card, PayPal

Fees

No monthly fee.
5% transaction fee.
$6/month for advanced features

Mobile app

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Analytics

Yes Only for Gold plan ($6/mo)

Live chat support

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Free, and for all

By opening up all features for free, we make money only when you do. By charging a reasonable transaction fee (5%), we make sure it’s in our best interest to help you make money and give a delightful experience for your supporters.
Dianna Allen
anthony ware

Love what you created. Super simple setup, connecting, and payment/receive money. Took me all of 3 minutes to set up Smiling face with smiling eyesHot beverage 😊☕️

Creator-friendly and we mean it

Buy Me A Coffee is built by a bunch of folks who are creators themselves. Our founders lived on a moderate Adsense income from their blogs. $300 is what you pay for a gym membership in San Francisco (looking at you, Equinox); but in many parts of the world, it is good enough to make a living. We get what every coffee means to you ✊
Dianna Allen
Uncle Jessy

Woah, Someone just bought me 20 coffees today! Way way way way way too kind from some anonymous person out there 🤘

PayPal, Apple Pay, Credit Card - you name it!

We go to extreme lengths to make it easy and fun for your audience to support you. They can leave you a positive note and support you, all in less than a minute.

Instant payout

There is no hold or minimum threshold. Once you’ve linked your PayPal or Stripe with Buy Me A Coffee, you’ll get paid instantly.
We're big proponents of creators having their own agency and access to the financial support they receive from their fans.

Frequently asked questions

What is Buy Me a Coffee?

Buy Me a Coffee is a fast and beautiful way to accept support and offer extras to your audience. There are more than 100,000 creators on the platform, spread across 750 different categories (try scrolling down the homepage).

Who uses Buy Me A Coffee?

Anyone with an audience. Youtubers, musicians, podcasters, writers, programmers, nonprofits, cosplayers, you name it!

What are some of the features?

Don’t let the pretty face fool you. BMC has all the features to build your creative business.

  • Accept support (tips/donations) in a friendly way.
  • Offer Extras to your audience. We have shared some templates and use-cases to get you going, but ultimately, you know what your audience want from you more than anyone else.
  • Start a membership to earn stable income. You can share exclusive posts and other rewards with your members.
  • Send email updates to your supporters. You can also Export the list.
  • Accept one-tap payment via Apple Pay, Google Pay, PayPal, and all major credit cards.
  • Instant payout to your PayPal or Bank account. No minimum threshold, no 30-day delay.
  • Mobile app for iOS and Android to keep track of your stats and earnings.
  • Integrations and API are coming soon. Meanwhile, use our Zapier integration to automate your workflows and connect with 3rd party apps.
  • Be featured with other top creators in your space.
What are Extras? Should I offer any?

Extras are a beautiful way for creators to sell anything they like. It’s designed to be flexible and creative; just the way creators would want it to be. We have seen Extras ranging from sheet music and unlisted YouTube videos to 1-1 mentorship calls and Zoom parties. Extras are what you make of it!

Give me one reason to choose BMC over similar platforms

We’ll give you three.

  • BMC is designed for individuals, not businesses. We’ve made a deliberate effort to make payments less transactional and more meaningful for everyone. They are your supporters, not customers. They are buying you a coffee, not donating to you. They are accessing your Extras, not purchasing it. We believe it plays a huge role in the success of creators on BMC.
  • Your BMC page is arguably the most delightful experience you can offer your audience. From the one-tap payment (look ma, no sign-ups required!) to the many exciting ways you can customize your page, we’ve obsessed over every bit of detail.
  • We listen to the creators ( building.buymeacoffee.com ), and ship new features ( changelog ) all the time. When is the last time one of those ‘similar platforms’ shipped an exciting feature? Ok, maybe that was harsh. Anyway, we even have a community for creators to hang out.
Do I have complete ownership of my supporters?

Yes, you do. Probably the best thing about Buy Me A Coffee. Your supporters are strictly yours. We do not email them, or share their data to third parties. You can export their list any time you like

How do I get paid?

Payments are instantly transferred to your PayPal and/or Stripe (bank account). Unlike other platforms, we do not hold your balance, and there is no minimum threshold. Buy Me A Coffee is a verified partner of PayPal and Stripe.

What does it cost?

There is no monthly fee, and all features are available to everyone. We charge a 5% transaction fee, and creators keep 95% of the amount (a creator who earned $50 will be paid $47.5). We only make money when you do.

Is Buy Me A Coffee safe and reliable?

We take security seriously. Here are some measures we’ve taken to protect your and your supporter’s data.

  • We don’t store credit card data on our servers. Payment processing is handled by PayPal and Stripe (PCI Compliance Level 1).
  • We run on the robust Amazon infrastructure. Cloudflare adds an additional layer of security. We also take periodic backups, and force SSL encryption across the platform.
  • We have a bug bounty program to encourage responsible reporting of any security issues, and we’re quick to take action.
Who are you folks?

Buy Me A Coffee is a Y Combinator-backed company based in San Francisco. Check out our company values to learn more about us.

How do I contact you?

Our live chat support is pretty amazing. You can also drop us a line at [email protected].

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