Automate your CI/CD pipelines, for free.
Add more power and flexibility as you scale.
- 2,500 free credits/week
- Run 1 job at a time
- Build on Linux and Windows
- Autoscale capacity to meet demand
- Build on Linux, Windows, and macOS
- Access to larger compute for better performance
- Docker layer caching to optimize job speed
- Everything in Performance, plus GPU and our largest compute
- Access to 24/7 support and premium services
- Customizable annual billing
- Named customer success team
The power and flexibility you need to go fast.
Plans scale to match your team size and compute needs.
$15/month for the first three users*
Engineering time is too valuable to waste on waiting. Give your team access to the tools they need to release better code, faster.
Starts at $15 for 25,000 credits
Access a wide range of compute to build your Linux, Windows, GPU, and macOS jobs. Only pay for the build minutes you use.
* $15/month for each additional user
Powerful compute options
With usage-based plans, your team can choose the compute type (CPU and memory) you need for each job. Usage is calculated based on build minutes and compute type.
|Linux / Docker||vCPU||Memory (GB)||Credit/Min|
|Docker layer caching||200 credits per job run|
Build faster on CircleCI
With these changes, a team can go from a
How can you get your build from 30 minutes to 6 minutes? Here's an example!
Docker layer caching saves 12 minutes in build time.
Concurrency and parallelism take off another 8 minutes.
Using more powerful resources can shave off another 2 minutes.
By controlling what image your build uses, your team can drop another 2 minutes from their build process.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I get with 2,500 free credits / week?
Users on our Free plan can build up to 250 minutes per week using their 2,500 credits.
On the Free plan, users can build with the Medium compute option (2 vCPUs with 4 GB of memory) on Linux machines, which uses 10 credits per minute.
What if I am building open source?
CircleCI will be offering organizations on our free plan 400,000 credits per month
to use on medium Docker compute for open source repositories, but they can
only be spent on Linux compute. Orgs building OSS Windows projects can
still use the 2,500 free credits per week that all projects have access to
on those projects, and orgs building OSS macOS projects can request free
macOS access by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
What is scaling concurrency?
Scaling concurrency means that your pipelines are not restricted to a set
number of resources running at a given time. You pay for compute based on
the total amount of time you use compute resources, not the number of
resources that you have access to. This means you can maximize concurrent
jobs and parallelism for your jobs without queuing.
For example, say you have a workflow with 10 jobs that each take 5 minutes to run. If you are limited to 1x concurrency, each of these jobs runs subsequently, and the workflow completes in 50 minutes. With scaling concurrency, you can run all 10 jobs concurrently (at the same time), and the workflow completes in 5 minutes. In both cases, your total usage time is 50 minutes since you used 10 machines for 5 minutes each. With usage-based pricing, that means you pay the same amount either way, but if you maximize your concurrency, you save 45 minutes of time waiting for your workflow to complete.
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.
How do I buy credits?
Credits are purchased in blocks of 25,000. At the beginning of each
billing month (based on your purchase date), you are charged for your
credit package and those credits are added to your account.
If you reach 10% of your remaining credits during your billing month, you will be refilled 25% of your credits. For example, if your monthly package size is 25,000 credits, you will automatically be refilled 6,250 credits when you reach 2,500 remaining credits.
Do credits expire?
Credits expire one year after purchase. Unused credits will be forfeited when the account subscription is canceled.
How do I enable Docker layer caching for my builds?
To use Docker layer caching, your account must be on the Performance plan.
If your team is not yet on the Performance plan, the administrator on your
account can upgrade your team on the Plan Overview page within
the application. Then you can enable Docker layer caching at the job level
within your configuration file.
Docker layer caching uses 200 credits per job run in a pipeline. For example, if your configuration specifies a workflow with three parallel Docker build jobs, you will be charged 600 credits each time these jobs are run in addition to the compute credits/minute usage.
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.
If you are an existing customer on our paid container plan and would like to upgrade to our Performance plan, please reach out to our support team.
Invoicing billing is available on custom annual plans and requires a spend of $6,000 / year.
Why does CircleCI charge for Docker layer caching?
Docker layer caching reduces build times on pipelines where Docker images are built by only rebuilding Docker layers that have changed (more in docs here). Docker layer caching (DLC) costs 200 credits per job run.
There are a few things that CircleCI does to ensure DLC is available to customers. We use solid-state drives and replicate the cache across zones to make sure DLC is available. We will also increase the cache as needed in order to manage concurrent requests and make DLC available for your jobs. All of these optimizations incur additional cost for CircleCI with our compute providers, which pass along to customers when they use DLC.
To estimate your DLC cost, look at the jobs in your config file with Docker layer caching enabled, and the number of Docker images you are building in those jobs. Docker layer caching costs 200 credits per job run. There are cases where a job can be written once in a config file but the job runs multiple times in a pipeline, for example, with parallelism.
Note that the benefits of Docker layer caching are only apparent on pipelines that are building Docker images, and reduces image build times by reusing the unchanged layers of the application image built during your job. If your pipeline does not include a job where Docker images are built, Docker layer caching will provide no benefit.
We are looking at ways to optimize Docker layer caching over time in order to improve the experience and reduce the cost.
Why does CircleCI have per-active-user pricing?
Credit usage covers access to compute. We prefer to keep usage costs as low as possible to encourage frequent job runs, which is the foundation of a good CI practice. Per-active-user fees cover access to platform features and job orchestration. This includes features like dependency caching, artifact caching, and workspaces, all of which speed up build times without incurring additional compute cost. Our per-active-user charge also allows us to provide support to all customers and deliver additional features like insights and orbs.
Anyone who triggers a build on CircleCI is an active user, regardless of whether they have a CircleCI account. If a user without a CircleCI triggers a build, for example via a pull request on a repo, they are counted as an active user.