About Read the Docs

Read the Docs has grown substantially since its beginning as a weekend project and is closing in on being a top-1000 site on the internet. Today, we:

We fund our operations through sponsorship and support, advertising, and corporate-hosted documentation with Read the Docs for Business.

Sponsorship & Support

Gold Membership

Gold members support Read the Docs on a monthly basis and lets us work more on features that people love. All money goes directly to maintenance and development of Read the Docs.

Like all supporters, being a Gold member makes Read the Docs ad-free when you are logged-in. Gold members may also completely remove advertising for all visitors to their projects.

Becoming a Gold member with your existing Read the Docs account is a quick and easy way to support the continued development of Read the Docs.


Our servers are graciously sponsored by Microsoft Azure, at a value of $3,000 each month. They are our single largest sponsor, and Read the Docs wouldn't be possible without their generous support. You can view the full list of past sponsors in our documentation.

If your company shares our passion for documentation, or if you want to support our mission, contact us for more information on sponsoring Read the Docs.

Our Supporters

Below is a list of all the wonderful people who have supported our vision.


This program is modeled after the fantastic Django Fellowship. Thanks for the inspiration.


Advertising is our largest source of funding and has allowed Read the Docs to expand from its best-effort supported beginnings to the company we are today with a small but dedicated team of full-time engineers supporting free and open documentation.

In 2016, we launched our ethical advertising initiative to build an advertising model that doesn't track our readers and respects their privacy. We have proven that this model works to fund open source infrastructure. After proving our model and building our own advertising infrastructure, we launched the EthicalAds network in 2020 to help other projects be sustainable.

If your company is interested in reaching a 100% developer audience, please consider advertising on Read the Docs and other sites across our network that value privacy.