Usage Plan

What if I am building open-source?

We offer a total of four free linux containers ($2,400 annual value) for open-source projects. Simply keeping your project public will enable this for you!

We also offer the Seed plan free (at 1x concurrency) for macOS open source projects. Contact us at for access.

If you are building a bigger open-source project and would like the flexibility of our new plans, let us know how we can help you!

How do I use credits?

Credits are used to pay for your usage based on machine type and size, and premium features like Docker Layer Caching.

See credit table

How do I buy credits?

Credits are purchased in blocks of 25,000. At the beginning of each billing month, you are charged for your credit package and those credits are added to your account. If you hit below 5% of your package during the month, your account will automatically reload with another credit package (10% of your selected package) until the next billing cycle.

For example, if your team uses 95% of a 100,000 credit package, your account will automatically reload with a 10,000 credit package for $6 ($0.0006 per credit). Then at the beginning of your next billing month, your account will reload with another 100,000 credits.

Do credits expire?

Credits expire one year after purchase. Unused credits will be forfeited when the account subscription is canceled.

How do I pay?

Once you have a CircleCI account, and if you are the admin on the account, you can pay by logging into the CircleCI application and going to Settings → Plan Overview. From there, you can pay via credit card.

You can also request invoiced billing by talking to the CircleCI Sales team. Payment by invoice requires a spend of $6,000 / year.