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Giveaway of the Day

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Giveaway of the Day
Type of site
Digital distribution platform for software distribution
Available inEnglish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Dutch, Romanian, Greek, Turkish and Russian.
Alexa rankIncrease 6,444 (October 2017)[1]
Launched24 October 2006

Giveaway of the Day (GOTD) is a website that offers commercially licensed Windows (and occasionally Mac) software for free without software updates or technical support. Each software offered on the site is free only on a specific date, and protection software included with the download will only activate the free license if the software is installed on the correct date. Though the project prohibits commercial usage, individual software publishers may allow otherwise in the end user license agreement for their own software. The site was launched on 24 October 2006.

Giveawayoftheday.com is ranked #6,444 in the world according to Alexa traffic rankings on October 4, 2017. The site is ranked #6,190 in the US, where it is estimated that 19% of its visitors are located. It is also popular in Germany, where it is ranked #2,481.[2]

Previous titles and charge on Giveaway of the Day[edit]

Categories of software on Giveaway of the Day include system tools, shell replacements, video and photo editing tools, office add-ons, file format converters, screen-savers and others. Software titles offered by Giveaway of the Day are free if downloaded from the Giveaway of the Day website.

User criticism[edit]

Initially GOTD used a technique to protect the installation package that led to a situation where titles previously featured on Giveaway of the Day became available on warez sites. Some websites provided protection circumvention guides. In July 2012 GOTD team announced a new release of the wrapper,[3] integrating Themida software developed by Oreans Technologies [4] into the wrapper as a protection mechanism.

Mac Giveaway of the Day[edit]

At the end of the 2008 Giveaway announced in the blog their plans to launch similar project for Mac products.[5] Even though the idea was highly appreciated and supported by the users community the project team didn’t step forward with it. Сurrently GOTD occasionally offers Mac applications together with giveaways for Windows (usually by the same developer).

Game Giveaway of the Day[edit]

On 11 December 2006 a new site was launched, Game Giveaway of the Day (GGOTD for short), which gave away games each day. Later, these giveaways were restricted to weekends. From 29 April 2009, the beta website gave away games on a monthly basis, though this changed some years later to one game being given away each Saturday and a (usually different) game being given away each Sunday: as of 7 July 2020, this is still the case. Sometimes, low-price games (sometimes called "99c games") are given away on weekdays.

Like the main site, all installer files downloaded from GGOTD have a time limit of 24 hours, and cannot be used to install the software after the expiry date and time.


  1. "Giveawayoftheday.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
  2. "Giveawayoftheday.com Site Info". Alexa. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  3. "In July 2012 the team announced a new release of the wrapper". Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  4. "Themida software developed by Oreans Technologies". Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  5. "Monday morning news and questions – Giveaway@Mac? Can we do that?". Giveaway of the Day.com. Retrieved 10 February 2008.

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