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Sponsoring an open source contributor through Patreon

You can make payments through Patreon on to a developer or organization who designs, creates, or maintains open source projects you depend on.

Who can use this feature

Anyone can sponsor accounts on behalf of their own personal account. Organization owners and billing managers can sponsor accounts on behalf of their organization.

About sponsoring through Patreon

Rather than paying through GitHub, you can choose to sponsor eligible maintainers through Patreon on

To sponsor through Patreon on, both you and the selected maintainer must link your Patreon accounts to your GitHub accounts. You can then choose to sponsor maintainers through Patreon on, or you can sponsor the maintainer directly through the Patreon website while receiving recognition on GitHub. For more information on sponsoring through the Patreon website, see Become a patron of a creator in the Patreon documentation.

Currently, if you sponsor a maintainer through Patreon on, you can only choose their lowest Patreon tier. However, if you sponsor a maintainer for a higher tier through the Patreon site, you will receive recognition for that sponsorship on GitHub.

Linking your Patreon account to your GitHub account

  1. In the upper-right corner of any page, click your profile photo, then click Settings.

    Screenshot of a user's account menu on GitHub. The menu item "Settings" is outlined in dark orange.

  2. In the left sidebar, click Account.

  3. In the "Link Patreon account" section, click Connect with Patreon.

  4. Sign into your Patreon account.

  5. To allow GitHub to connect with Patreon, in the "GitHub would like to..." section, click Allow.

Sponsoring through Patreon

  1. On GitHub, navigate to the profile of the user or organization you want to sponsor.
  2. Navigate to your sponsorship dashboard for the account.
    • To sponsor a developer, under the developer's name, click Sponsor.

      Screenshot of the sidebar of @octocat's profile page. A button, labeled with a heart icon and "Sponsor", is outlined in dark orange.

    • To sponsor an organization, to the right of the organization's name, click Sponsor.

  3. Optionally, on the right side of the page, to sponsor the account on behalf of your organization, select the Sponsor as dropdown menu, and click the organization.
  4. Under the "Sponsor as" section, click Patreon, then click Become a patron next to the desired sponsorship tier.
  5. On Patreon, select your payment method and fill out your payment information if necessary.
  6. To finalize your sponsorship, click Subscribe now.