How Do Free Dyno Hours Work?


How are free dyno hours calculated?
How do I monitor my free dyno hours quota?
Are free dyno hours available for use with Heroku Teams?


How are free dyno hours calculated?

Personal accounts are given a base of 550 free dyno hours each month. An additional 450 free dyno hours is available for all accounts verified with a credit card for a total of 1000 hours per month.

We calculate free dyno hours in the same way all other dynos are calculated (pro-rated to the second), however for free dyno hours the currency is time rather than money.

Free dyno hours are calculated whenever a free web dyno is running and we stop calculating when the free web dyno goes to sleep. (If a free web dyno doesn't receive a request for 30mins it will "sleep" so we will no longer count towards the quota until a request is made and the free web dyno boots again.)

Free worker dynos (non-web) do not sleep (as they don't receive web requests), so they will run 24/7 so free worker dynos will always use up the time quota as long as they're scaled to 1.

For a more in depth look at free dyno hours see:

Important note: The quota of free hours is divided amongst all the apps within an individual account, and not per application. Also, these limits cannot be circumvented by transferring an application to another account within the same month.

How do I monitor my free dyno hours quota?

You can monitor your Free Dyno Hours quota and usage in your Heroku Dashboard or by using the Heroku CLI. Usage metrics are not live and may be delayed up to one day.

Using the Heroku Dashboard

Visit your Billing page:

Using the Heroku CLI

Option 1: Show usage in hours

$ heroku ps -a app-name

Free dyno hours quota remaining this month: 799h 43m (79%)
Free dyno usage for this app: 200h 16m (20%)

Option 2: Show usage in seconds

$ heroku user:info
. . .
account_quota:             3600000
quota_used:                614439

Are free dyno hours available for use with Heroku Teams?

Free tier dynos aren't available for use with Heroku Teams:

For cost savings, it's recommended to scale the dynos down when not in use. There are also add-ons available that may help to automate more complex availability requirements

WARNING: Starting November 28, 2022, free Heroku Dynos, free Heroku Postgres, and free Heroku Data for Redis plans will no longer be available. If you have apps using any of these resources, you must upgrade to paid plans by this date to ensure your apps continue to run and retain your data. Eligible students can apply for platform credits through our new Heroku for GitHub Students program. See our blog and FAQ for more info.

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