Help us run Derpibooru!
Derpibooru is paid for by a small group of volunteers who cover the majority of the site's operating costs each month. None of the staff who run the site are paid - we're all volunteers.
The cost of running a site like Derpibooru is significant, and we rely on donations to help cover the site's monthly operating costs, which are well over 400 USD per month. We have never made profit from Derpibooru, and have no desire to profit from running the site.
What do I get for donating?
To say thank you for supporting us, you'll get a badge by your name on forums and image comments/uploads. There are different badges for donations in the last month and total donations.
You'll also get all the adverts on the site hidden for four weeks, making your browsing experience that little bit nicer. Other donors also report a warm, fuzzy feeling that is probably indistinguishable from being hugged by Fluffle Puff.
You can support Derpibooru on a monthly basis via Patreon. Supporting the site in this way is the most useful to us, as a reliable monthly income allows us to invest more in the site's infrastructure, which is an ongoing monthly cost.
Click here to visit our Patreon page and become a patron. Badges for patrons are assigned on a regular basis, but may take a few days to appear.
Any funds above and beyond that required to cover our costs will be held in reserve solely for future use on the site, or donated to Cancer Research UK, a leading charity promoting scientific research into cures and treatment for cancer. We do not run Derpibooru to profit.
Thank you to the following top donors for their support of the site over the past three months:
- €150 from djhors3
- €120 from Dragonpone
- €120 from Ralek
- €120 from Magic Nova
- €80 from Cello Enthusiast
- €75 from Record.F
- €60 from SS808
- €60 from vavacung
- €60 from ice1517
- €60 from LightningBolt
Thank you to the following top donors of all time:
- €3992 from unregistered users
- €1983 from Carnelian
- €1592 from djhors3
- €1085 from Ralek
- €1075 from ElderlyWalrus
- €903 from Manual_Monaro
- €828 from nakuk
- €682 from smugllama
- €678 from ElectricSpark
- €659 from Archonix
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I support the site by advertising instead?
You can find out about advertising on the site over at this page
Why does Derpibooru cost so much to run?
We host hundreds of gigabytes of artwork and transfer tens of terabytes of images every month. Additionally we run quite a complex website, with significant computational requirements - handling hundreds of requests per second on average.
On top of that, because we let you personalize the site completely through filters, we can't easily cache all the complicated work we do server-side. These factors combined mean we need a lot of transit (which is expensive) and a lot of server power (also expensive).
We don't have any costs on top of the servers and bandwidth that are covered by these donations; some minor incidental costs are covered out of pocket each month by members of the administration team. We all work for free; nobody is paid to run, write, moderate or maintain the site. What we ask for help with is the big cost of the servers and their upkeep and connectivity.
Why can't Derpibooru support itself through commercial ads?
We host a lot of content that most advertising networks will refuse to have their adverts featured alongside for legal reasons (payment companies get jumpy around graphic adult material). The networks that support being shown alongside this content are typically rather dodgy and we'd rather not deal with them and risk our users privacy and safety.
We run adverts which feature primarily community artists who run commissions and wish to gain exposure via the site. These adverts do not bring a huge amount of money in towards the site's upkeep, but they do help.