Below is a non-authoritative list of known Urbit providers. Note that this information is not definitive for any provider besides Networked Subject. If you have a correction, or are aware of a provider that isn’t listed here, please let us know.
Transaction fees for claiming and transferring address ownership are currently very high; work is underway to implement a system to reduce fees by 65-100x, which should be in place later this year. You can read more details here. Remember that you don’t need a planet to use Urbit! You can boot a comet for free today, even on Windows, and even hosted on a server for free.
Be sure to check whether your sponsor is online before purchase, or you will have diminished or no ability to communicate with the rest of the network!
~hodzod-walrus has built a monitoring system with live information about sponsor connectivity here. Hosting & sponsorship fees refer to recurring costs denoted in monthly rate.
|Provider||Planet cost||Hosting fee (/mo)||Sponsorship or subscription fee (/mo)||Notes|
|Escape Pod Store||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Full hosting provider & one-off sales; BTC/ETH/Ravencoin/fiat|
|Get Urbit ID||Incl. w/ hosting||20USD||No||Full hosting provider; CC payment|
|Networked subject||20/40USD||NA||No||ETH or BTC|
|OpenSea||Var.||NA||No||Make sure the sponsor is online! ETH only|
|Tlon||Forthcoming||Forthcoming||Forthcoming||Full hosting provider (Waitlist referral)|
|UrbitHost||Incl. w/ subscription||15/6USD (Planets/comets)||NA||Full hosting provider, CC payment|
|Urbit.live||20USD||NA||No||Network & sigil explorer; ETH only|
|Urbit Marketplace||30USD||NA||No||Offline sponsor?|
|Urbit.me||Var.||NA||No||Sigil picker tool; ETH only|
|Urth Systems||Incl. w/ subscription||NA||5USD/mo||Free planet with 3mo group subscription; macOS app; ETH only|
|Wexpert Systems||Forthcoming||Forthcoming||Full hosting provider||Details forthcoming|
You can find directions for going from purchase to booting here. Note that to take possession of an address after purchasing a planet from any provider, you will need an additional small amount of ETH to pay transaction fees to transfer your planet to a paper wallet before you can download a keyfile necessary to boot for the first time. If you opt for full hosting, this step is not necessary unless you want to run your planet yourself.