Welcome to Polar

Focus on shipping. We'll focus on the infrastructure to get you paid - from first donation to IPO.


  • GitHub Login & Official funding partner (FUNDING.yaml)
  • Funding
    • Accept one-off donations
    • Crowdfunding behind GitHub issues - beautifully embedded
    • Reward contributors to funded issues
  • Commercialization (Sponsorware to SaaS)
    • Pay once digital products, or...
    • Recurring subscriptions (monthly/annual)
    • Built-in & powerfully automated product & subscription benefits, e.g File Downloads, GitHub Repo(s) access, Discord access, Premium newsletter and more.
  • Newsletters
    • Write posts with code highlighting + using GitHub flavoured markdown
    • Free, premium or early access posts (premium until set date)
  • Polar is the Merchant of Record (MOR) handling billing, sales tax & EU VAT.
  • Beautiful Polar page out of the box (official GitHub funding link) or...
  • API & SDK for seamless integrations across docs, sites & services

You'll be up and running in 5 minutes. Let's get started.

Built Open Source (Apache 2.0)

  • 100% of our product, code and docs available on GitHub
  • 19 contributors and growing (Contributions welcome)
  • Feature requests, feedback and issues - all in public
  • Self-hosting while possible is not supported or encouraged (no MOR benefits)


  • No fixed, monthly, costs
  • 5% + 0¢ on transactions - we earn when you do
  • + Payment & Payout fees (Stripe, Open Collective)

Why Polar vs. X?

There are a lot of options out there. So why use Polar?

  • We're the Merchant of Record and handle Sales tax & EU VAT so you don't have to
  • Built-in benefits to upsell designed for the developer ecosystem, e.g Discord invites, GitHub repository access, premium newsletter, file downloads and more.
  • Official GitHub funding.yaml option
  • Newsletter is built-in vs. a costly add-on
  • Powerful API & built 100% open source for the developer ecosystem
  • Transparent pricing. No games or schemes. Others say 5%, but apply it to the full amount including VAT. We don't - you deserve not to get squeezed.

Supported countries

Polar is built on Stripe Connect and currently supports the following list of countries for payouts:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • United States