Donationware is a licensing model that supplies fully operational unrestricted software to the user and requests an optional donation be paid to the programmer or a third-party beneficiary (usually a non-profit). The amount of the donation may also be stipulated by the author, or it may be left to the discretion of the user, based on individual perceptions of the software's value. Since donationware comes fully operational (i.e. not crippleware) when payment is optional, it is a type of freeware.
Red Ryder was a terminal emulation software program created for the Apple Macintosh in the 1980s that used donations to fund development. Modern examples include GIMP, Paint.Net, IrfanView, VLC media player, TrueCrypt, FileZilla, Vim, Stickies, and the browser extension AdBlock.
- Careware, where the software developer requests a donation to charity
- Gift economy
- Participatory organization
- Pay what you want
- Milian, Mark (2011-06-13). "Reading apps sell subscriptions to fuzzy feelings". CNN. Retrieved 2014-05-22.
- Zukerman, Erez (2011-12-08). "Free Downloads That Are Worth a Donation, Part 1". PC World. Retrieved 2014-05-22.
- "AdBlock - Browse faster. Ad-free.".
- Jesse Reichler (2006) Donationware experience – An article describing experiments with donationware at Donationcoder.
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