A list of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS offerings that have free tiers of interest to devops and infradev
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free-for-dev

Developers and Open Source authors now have a massive amount of services offering free tiers, but it can be hard to find them all in order to make informed decisions.

This is list of software (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, etc.) and other offerings that have free tiers for developers.

The scope of this particular list is limited to things infrastructure developers (System Administrator, DevOps Practitioners, etc.) are likely to find useful. We love all the free services out there, but it would be good to keep it on topic. It's a bit of a grey line at times so this is a bit opinionated; do not be offended if I do not accept your contribution.

You can help by sending Pull Requests to add more services. Once I have a good set of links in this README file, I'll look into a better layout for the information and links (help with that is appreciated too).

Table of Contents

Source Code Repos

Tools for teams & Collaboration

  • http://appear.in/ - One click video conversations, for free
  • https://www.flowdock.com/ - Chat and inbox, free for teams of 5 or less
  • https://slack.com/ - Free for unlimited users with some feature limitations
  • https://hipchat.com/ - Free for unlimited users with some feature limitations
  • https://gitter.im/ - "Chat, for GitHub". Unlimited public & private rooms, free for teams of up to 25
  • http://www.google.com/hangouts/ - One place for all your Conversations, for free (Need Google Account)
  • https://kato.im/ - Team Chat & Collaboration, free for unlimited users with some feature limitations
  • http://seafile.com/ - Private or cloud storage, file sharing, sync, discussions. Private version is full. Cloud version has just 1 GB.
  • https://sameroom.io/ - Free for unlimited users with some feature limitations
  • https://yammer.com/ - Private social network standalone or for MS Office 365. Free, just a bit less admin tools and users management features.
  • https://www.blockspring.com/ - Share scripts with anyone on your team: cross language and with spreadsheet users. Free for 5 million runs a month.
  • https://helpmonks.com/ - Shared inbox for teams - Free for open source projects and non-profit organizations.
  • http://typetalk.in/ - Share and discuss ideas with your team through instant messaging on the web or on your mobile.
  • https://talky.io/ - Free group video chat. Anonymous. Peer‑to‑peer. No plugins, signup, or payment required.
  • http://sourcetalk.net/ - Code discussion tool, free for open code talks.
  • http://vipaar.com/ - Help over video with augmented reality. Free without analytics, encryption, support.
  • https://evernote.com/ - Tool for organizing information. Share your notes and work together with others.
  • https://www.wunderlist.com/ - Share your lists and work collaboratively on projects with your colleagues - Available for free to download and use on iPhone,iPad,Mac,Android,Windows and the Web.
  • http://doodle.com/ - The scheduling tool you'll actually use. Find a date for a meeting 2x faster!
  • https://sendtoinc.com/ - Share links, notes, files and have discussions. Free for 3, 100 MB.
  • https://www.zoom.us/ - Secure Video and Web conferencing, add-ons available. Free limited to 40 min.

Code Quality

Code Search and Browsing

CI / CD

Security and PKI

Management Systems

Log Management

Translation Management

Monitoring

Crash / Exception handling

  • https://rollbar.com/ - Exception and error monitoring, free plan - 5000 errors/month, unlimited users, 30 days retention.
  • https://bugsnag.com/ - Free for up to 2000 errors a month after the initial trial
  • https://airbrake.io/ - Free for 1 project, 1 user, 2 errors per minute, 2 day retention
  • http://getsentry.com/ - Sentry tracks app exceptions in realtime, has a small free plan. Free, unrestricted use if self-hosted.

Search

  • https://www.algolia.com/ - Hosted search-as-you-type (instant). Free hacker plan up to 1,000 documents and 50,000 operations. Bigger free plans available for community/open source projects.
  • https://swiftype.com/ - hosted search solution (API and crawler). Free for a single search engine with up to 1000 documents. Free upgrade to Premium level for open-source projects.
  • https://bonsai.io/ - Free 1GB memory and 1GB storage.
  • http://www.searchly.com/ - Free 2 Indices and 5MB storage.
  • https://facetflow.com/ - Hosted Elasticsearch for Microsoft Azure. Free 5000 docs / 500 MB
  • http://indexisto.com/ - Site search reinvented. Free 10,000,000 document index limit with advertisement block.

Email

CDN and Protection

PaaS

BaaS

  • http://apigee.com/docs/api-baas (product docs), http://apigee.com/docs/developer-vs-edge (registration) - Unlimited trial includes NoSQL data store with 25GB of storage, user and permission management, geolocation, 10,000,000 push notifications per month, remote configuration, beta and A/B split testing, APM, fully API driven. Accessible and manageable via UI, SDK, and API.
  • http://appacitive.com/ - Mobile backend, free for the first 3 months with 100k API calls,Push notifications.
  • https://bip.io/ - A web-automation platform for easily connecting web services. Fully open GPLv3 to power the backend of your open-source project. Commercial OEM License available.
  • https://www.blockspring.com/ - Cloud functions. Free for 5 million runs a month.
  • https://www.contentful.com/ - Content as a Service. Content Management & Delivery APIs in the cloud. 3 users, 3 spaces (repositories) and 1,000,000 API requests per month for free.
  • http://www.kinvey.com/ - Mobile backend, starter plan has unlimited requests per second, with 2 GB of data storage, as well as push notifications for up 5,000,000 unique recipients. Enterprise application support.
  • http://konacloud.io/ - Web and Mobile Backend as a Service, with 5 GB free account.
  • https://layer.com/ - The full-stack building block for communications.
  • https://www.parse.com/ - Mobile backends, free plan has 30 requests per second, with 20 GB of file and database storage, as well as push notifications for up to 1,000,000 unique recipients.
  • http://quickblox.com/ - A communication backend for instant messaging, video and voice calling, and push notifications
  • https://pushbots.com/ - Push notification service. Free for up to 1,500,000 push/month.
  • http://www.dreamfactory.com/ - DreamFactory is an open source backend platform that provides all of the RESTful services you need to build fantastic mobile and web applications
  • https://www.mashape.com/ - API Marketplace And Powerful Tools For Private And Public APIs. With the free tier, some features are limited such as monitoring, alerting and support.
  • https://onesignal.com/ - Unlimited free push notifications

Web Hosting

IaaS

DBaaS

STUN, WebRTC, Web Socket Servers and other Routers

  • https://pusher.com/ - Hosted Web Sockets broker. Free for up to 20 simultaneous connections and 100k messages a day.
  • stun:stun.l.google.com:19302 - Google STUN
  • stun:global.stun.twilio.com:3478?transport=udp - Twilio STUN
  • https://www.segment.com/ - Hub to translate and route events to other third party services. 100k events a month free.
  • https://ngrok.com/ - expose locally running servers over a tunnel to a public URL
  • https://www.cloudamqp.com/ - RabbitMQ as a Service. Little Lemur plan: max 1M message per month, max 20 concurrent connections, max 100 queues, max 10,000 queued messages, multiple nodes in differen AZ's.

Issue tracking / Project management

Storage and Media Processing

  • https://www.aerofs.com/ - P2P file syncing, free for up to 30 users
  • http://cloudinary.com/ - Image upload, powerful manipulations, storage, and delivery for sites and apps, with libraries for Ruby, Python, Java, PHP, Objective-C and more. Perpetual free tier includes 7500 images/month, 2gb storage, 5gb bandwidth.
  • https://plot.ly/ - graph and share your data. Free tier includes unlimited public files and 10 private files.
  • https://transloadit.com/ - Handles file uploads & encoding of video, audio, images, documents. Free for open source & other do-gooders. Commercial applications get the first GB free for test driving.
  • https://podio.com/ - You can use Podio with a team of up to five people and try out the features of the Basic Plan - except User Management.
  • https://shrinkray.io/ - free image optimization of Github repos
  • http://imagefly.io/ - Responsive images on-demand. CDN-fronted image resizing, transcoding, and optimizing. 100 MB/month for free.
  • https://kraken.io/pro - Image optimization for website performance as a service - free plan up to 1MB filesize
  • https://placehold.it/ - A quick and simple image placeholder service.
  • https://placekitten.com/ - A quick and simple service for getting pictures of kittens for use as placeholders.
  • http://placepenguin.com/ - A quick and simple service for placeholder images of penguins.
  • http://embed.ly/ - Provides APIs for embeding media in a webpage, Responsive image Scaling, Extracting elements from a webpage. Free for up to 5,000 URLs per Month at 15 Requests per Second
  • https://backhub.co/ - Backup and archive your GitHub repositories. Free for public repos.

Design & UI

  • Pixlr - Free online browser editor on the level of commercial ones
  • Imagebin - Pastebin for images
  • Cloudconvert - Convert anything to anything. 208 supported formats including videos to gif.
  • App Icon Resizer - A simple service to resize and manage your app icons.

Data Visualization on Maps

Package Build Systems

IDE and Code Editing

  • https://c9.io/ - IDE in a browser. Incorporates an Ubuntu virtual machine and in-browser terminal access. Integrates with github and bitbucket, but also adds SFTP and generic Git access.
  • https://codeanywhere.com/ - Full IDE in the browser and mobile apps. Access FTP, SFTP, Dropbox, Google Drive, GitHub, and BitBucket. Hosted virtual machines with terminal access. Collaboration features like share links, live editing, permissions, and version tracking.
  • https://codenvy.com/ - IDE and automated developer workspaces in a browser, collaborative, git/SVN integration, build and run your app in customizable Docker-based runners (free tier includes: 4GB RAM, always-on machines, ability to run multiple machines simultaneously), pre-integrated deploy to Google Apps.
  • https://koding.com/ - IDE in a browser. Features: Full sudo access - VMs hosted on Amazon EC2 - SSH Access - Real EC2 VM, no LXCs/hypervising - Custom sub-domains - Publicly accessible IP - Ubuntu 14.04 - IDE/Terminal/Collaboration
  • https://www.nitrous.io/ - Private Linux instance(s) with interactive collaboration, free for 2 hours a day. {More Details}
  • http://visualstudio.com/free - Fully-featured IDE with thousands of extensions, cross-platform app development (Microsoft extensions available for download for iOS and Android), desktop, web and cloud development, multi-language support (C#, C++, JavaScript, Python, PHP and more).
  • https://cloud.sagemath.com/ - Collaborative mathematics-oriented IDE in a browser, with support for Python, LaTeX, IPython Notebooks, etc.
  • https://wakatime.com/ - quantified self metrics about your coding activity, using text editor plugins - Limited plan for free.
  • https://apiary.io/ - Collaborative design API with instant API mock and generated documentation (Free for unlimited API blueprints and unlimited user with one admin account and hosted documentation)
  • https://www.mockable.io/ - Mockable is a simple configurable service to mock out RESTful API or SOAP web-services. This online service allows you to quickly define REST API or SOAP endpoints and have them return JSON or XML data.
  • https://www.jetbrains.com/products.html - Productivity tools, IDEs and deploy tools. Free license for students, teachers, open source projects, and user groups.
  • https://readme.io/ - Beautiful documentations made easy - free for Open Source
  • https://codio.com/ - Codio is a cloud-based computer programming platform for universities, schools, and developer professionals.
  • http://www.stackhive.com/ - Cloud based IDE in browser that supports HTML5/CSS3/jQuery/Bootstrap
  • http://www.tadpoledb.com/ - IDE in browser Database tool. Support Amazon RDS, Apache Hive, Apache Tajo, CUBRID, MariaDB, MySQL, Oracle, SQLite, MSSQL, PostgreSQL and MongoDB databases.
  • https://www.sourcelair.com/ - In-browser IDE for Django, JavaScript, HTML5, Python, and more. Integrates with Git, Mercurial, GitHub, Heroku and more. Free forever for 1 private project.
  • https://codepen.io/ - CodePen is a playground for the front end side of the web.

Analytics, Events and Statistics

International Mobile number verification API and SDK

  • https://www.cognalys.com/ - Freemium mobile number verification through an innovative and reliable method than using SMS gateway. Free accounts will have 70 Tries and 50 verifications per day. {Signup}

Payment / Billing Integration

  • https://www.braintreepayments.com/ - Credit Card, Paypal, Venmo, Bitcoin, Apple Pay (, ...) integration. Single and Recurrent Payments. First $50 are free of charge.
  • http://taxratesapi.avalara.com/ - Get the right sales tax rates to charge for the close to 10,000 sales tax jurisdictions in the USA. Free REST API. Registration required.

Other Packs

Docker Related

Alternate hosting

PaaS

  • https://www.tutum.co/ - The Docker Platform for Dev and Ops - Build, deploy, and manage your apps across any cloud - free while in beta and free developer plan when tutum will be production ready

Vagrant Related

Vagrant box indexes

Data mining

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