The time to monetize npm packages is now

Open Source is great. In many cases though, it’s not sustainable. Many library authors put in a lot of time and effort into their projects, without any chance of being properly compensated for it. Poken is a new way to monetize npm packages, sparing publishers the hassle of setting up payment and delivery systems and making it easy for package consumers to purchase packages without having to deal with complex configuration.

Poken for package authors

Start charging for your libraries

We believe you deserve to be compensated for your work. Poken makes it easy to start charging for your libraries, without making it complicated for consumers.

Connect to GitHub

Install the Poken GitHub app in your repository. This allows Poken to access your package and distribute it to people who purchased it.

Create Stripe account

Create a Stripe Connect account via Poken in order to be able to receive the payments for your package sales.

Start selling

Set a price for your package and share the unique link to your packages storefront. You get notifications for every sale.

Poken for package consumers

Pay for packages without the hassle of private registries

Poken makes it easy for you to compensate library authors for their work by purchasing packages before adding them to your project via a personal install link.

Purchase a package.
Check out a package’s listing to learn what functionality it provides. If you want to use it, you can simply purchase it with the click of a button.
Receive personal install link.
Use your personal install link to add the package to your project. Keep this link secret, as it might be deactivated when it’s discovered in the wild.
Use the dependency everywhere.
In your development environment, continous integration server, or production deployment, the dependency works everywhere without any special configuration like a private registry.
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Works with all popular package managers

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Frequently asked questions

What is Poken’s goal?

Poken allows software library authors to monetize their work. Our goal is making this as easy as possible for both the publisher and the consumer of a package.

How does publishing a package via Poken work?

Using the Poken backend, package publishers connect a private GitHub repository containing their package, create a Stripe Connect account, and publish their Poken listing. Each package has it's own storefront ( and will be listed in the Poken directory.

How does using a package published on Poken work?

Developers purchase a package via the packages storefront ( and pay the price specified by the author via Stripe Checkout. After purchasing, they’ll receive a custom install link including a token (e.g. npm i, which they can use to install the package in their project.

What does distributing via Poken cost?

The package author defines the price that the package will be sold for on Poken. The platform will keep a 15 % commission on every sales transaction.

Where does the name Poken come from?

Poken is a portmanteau of “package” and “token.” The name reflects Poken’s basic premise, which is purchasing packages and consuming them via tokens.