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Liberapay logo v2 white-on-yellow.svg
Type of site
Crowdfunding platform
Available in30+ languages[1]
LaunchedFebruary 3, 2016; 6 years ago (2016-02-03)
Written inPython

Liberapay is a platform for recurrent donations.[2][3] It is maintained by a non-profit organization, also named Liberapay, registered in France.

The service does not charge a fee on donations aside from that required by the underlying payment processors, instead financing its own activity through donations handled by the service itself in the same way as donations to third-parties are handled.[3] As of October 2020, Liberapay uses payment processors PayPal and Stripe.[4]

Unlike other crowdfunding platforms, Liberapay does not allow creators to reward their patrons. This difference in the nature of the transactions has tax implications. For example, Patreon collects VAT on all payments made from inside the European Union[5] whereas Liberapay does not.[6]

Notable projects on Liberapay include,[7] Battle for Wesnoth,[8] GIMP,[9] Matrix[10] and Pepper&Carrot.[11]


Started in 2015 in France, Liberapay began as a fork of the now-defunct US-based platform (originally known as Gittip), which had undergone changes after facing legal issues.[12]

Initially, Liberapay's only currency was the euro, but support for the US dollar was added in December 2017, one month after Gratipay announced that it would shut down,[13] and support for 31 other currencies was added in 2018.[14]

In 2018, Liberapay had to respond to Mangopay withdrawing its services as payment processor.[15] Support for two other payment processors was added, but the way the platform works had to change.[16] In the same year Medium briefly suspended the organisation's blog account, claiming they were publishing articles about cryptocurrencies.[17]

In 2022, Liberapay started using machine translation services to automatically complete the translations of its website.[18]


  1. ^ Liberapay's translations on Weblate. Retrieved 2022-10-15.
  2. ^ "Après un an d'activité, Liberapay veut être l'alternative libre pour les dons récurrents" [A year after its launch, Liberapay wants to be the open source alternative for recurrent donations] (in French). 2017-04-13. Archived from the original on 2017-09-16.
  3. ^ a b "Introduction - Liberapay". Archived from the original on 2017-08-21.
  4. ^ "Payment Processors - Liberapay". Retrieved 2020-10-03.
  5. ^ "How does VAT work on Patreon?". 2018-03-25.
  6. ^ Tweet from Liberapay about VAT, 2018-03-13.
  7. ^ "archiveis - Liberapay". Archived from the original on 2017-07-11.
  8. ^ "Wesnoth on Liberapay - The Battle for Wesnoth Forums". 2019-04-05. Archived from the original on 2020-02-28.
  9. ^ "GIMP - Donate". 2020-02-28.
  10. ^ "A Call to Arms: Supporting Matrix!". 2017-07-07.
  11. ^ "Pepper&Carrot is now on Liberapay". 2017-07-13.
  12. ^ "Gratipay, Liberapay - Open source tipping apps struggle". P2P Foundation. 2016-03-11. Retrieved 2017-08-25.
  13. ^ "Liberapay now supports US dollars". 2017-12-07. Archived from the original on 2018-02-09.
  14. ^ "The third year of Liberapay". 2019-02-04.
  15. ^ "Liberapay is in trouble". 2018-07-12.
  16. ^ "Liberapay status update". 2018-10-12.
  17. ^ Sanders, James (March 26, 2018). "Why passage of SESTA/FOSTA is leading some cloud providers to terminate users". TechRepublic. Retrieved 2020-10-03.
  18. ^ Liberapay on Twitter: “Thanks to machine translations, Liberapay is now fully available in 34 languages”, 2022-09-16.

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