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Why should I donate?

At IPFire, we are working hard to provide you with a free firewall distribution that is like no other. We release updates regularly and enhance functionality to make IPFire more secure, faster and easier to use.

To achieve our high standards that we have set for ourselves, we need your help. Only with your donation, we can get the right tools, people and utilities that we need to make our work most efficient and reach our maximum potential. Only with your donation, we can achieve our vision to make the Internet a safer place that is fair for everyone and giving equal opportunities.

How much should I give?

We are grateful for every single donation, but of course, we appreciate if you help us as much as you can.

We rely on steady contributions from companies to keep the project healthy and encourage them to set up a monthly donation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What payment methods do you accept?

We currently accept the following payment methods:

  • Credit Card (VISA, MasterCard, and American Express)
  • SEPA Direct Debit
  • SEPA Bank Transfer
  • PayPal

Please fill in the form above and you will be able to chose a payment method in the next step.

Will you charge VAT?

Yes, we charge VAT wherever required.

Donors from outside the EU will always donate entirely tax-free.

As an individual from an EU country, you will be charged VAT at your local rate. The entered amount will be inclusive of VAT.

As an organization, the entered amount will be exclusive of VAT. That means that the final billed amount might be higher than the amount you entered. Any charged VAT can be reclaimed with your VAT return. Organizations won't be charged any VAT if they can provide a valid VAT number or if they are based outside the EU. Please ensure to enter your VAT number before submitting the form.

Why do you need my address in order to process a donation?

We understand that your privacy is very important.

We ask for a minimum amount of information required to process credit card donations, including billing addresses. This allows our payment processor to verify your identity, process your payment, and prevent fraudulent charges to your credit card.

Additionally we need your billing address in order to work out if any VAT has to be paid on your donation.

We keep your information private - if you have questions, please refer to Lightning Wire Labs' Privacy Policy.

If you would rather not fill in your information on our online donation form, you can send your donation via SEPA bank transfer.

I am concerned about losing my credit card details

Credit card fraud is a serious and common problem. To avoid that you and we fall victim of that, we comply with PCI DSS, which is mandatory in Europe.

That means that we never handle any credit card data or store it on our systems. The entire transaction is securely handled by our payment provider and our systems are regularly audited to ensure that we implement this standard correctly.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes, from 2021, you will receive a formal invoice with your donation which is fully tax-deductible.

What will be charged to my credit card?

We are based in Germany. Donations by credit card from other countries may be subject to an international payment fee charged by your credit card issuer. This is usually a small fee around 1%, but please check with your bank before donating.

If you consider this charge too high, please consider using SEPA direct Debit or Bank Transfer if you can. Even with this charge, it is a lot cheaper than paying the higher processing fees of other payment services like PayPal which keep a lot more of the donation to themselves.

How do I cancel or change my recurring donation?

You will be able to manage any recurring donations in our online store at If you do not have an account already, please register with the email address you have used to make your donation.

Who can I email directly with questions about donating?

If you have a question about donating to the IPFire Project, please contact us at