16 Best DocuSign Alternatives In 2020

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Daniyar Jandossov Troncoso

The use of e-signature solutions has catapulted globally in recent years (even more so thanks to COVID-19). The rise of paperless signatures has resulted in a dizzying array of competitive products available to use online.

Trying to choose the right product can be like trying to find a new song to listen to on Spotify – there are just so many choices that it's hard to make up your mind at all.

You might have heard of DocuSign, one of the most highly acclaimed electronic signature platforms. But did you know that many alternatives to DocuSign happen to offer better value and unique additional features?

With many categories of users come many sorts of tools and services. Some users need advanced functionality and scale, while others just need the basics. By the end of this article, you’ll have a broad overview of the best products and services on the market. We’ve provided pricing as well as pros and cons for each product, so you can decide which service is right for you.

Let's not waste any time and dive right in to the world of digital signatures.

HelloSign

Pricing:

  • HelloSign at $13/month
  • HelloSign Enterprise $24/month
  • HelloSign API (application programming interface) costing $99/month

Available on:

  • Web-based
  • iOS
  • Android

Pros:

  • Great Support
  • Easy to use
  • Training options available

Cons:

  • Can’t sign in blue ink
  • Lack of signature options

HelloSign has been around since 2010. These days, this electronic signature solution as one of the best and most popular DocuSign alternatives on the market. It was bought by Dropbox in 2019 and as such, one of its biggest strengths is the integration between the two platforms. Don't worry though, it also works seamlessly with Google Docs and other well-known applications.  

The features you’ll find with HelloSign will cover almost all of your e-signature needs. In most cases, you won’t even end up utilizing all of them (it's like buying a Ferrari to go grocery shopping.) While HelloSign is certainly one of the more user-friendly signature solutions, keep in mind it's on the high-end spectrum in terms of pricing. That said, you’ll be getting top of the line features, generous support, and even some training.

Paperform


Pricing: There are a total of three plans (Essential, Pro, and Agency), but only the Pro and Agency plans have E-Signature support. The Pro plan is $32.50/month, and the Agency plan starts at $82.50+/month.                                                                    

Available on:

  • Web-based
  • Fully responsive on mobile

Pros:

  • Simply integrates into forms and landing pages
  • Straightforward to use
  • Cutting-edge marketing features

Cons:

  • Isn’t an e-signing solution on its own

So you’re in the market not only for a stand-alone electronic signature software solution. But you’re also looking for a product that builds online forms. And you want landing pages that can collect data. And you want integrated e-signature functionalities. Look no further than Paperform.

The implementation of document signing is as easy as creating forms. Users can sign by drawing on a touch screen or by using a cursor. Paperform's team has put a lot of effort into making intuitive and easy-to-use features.

Because signing integrates into forms, it’s a smooth experience for all parties. The signing process happens right in the form editor, and only takes a few clicks.

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PandaDoc

Pricing:

  • Free: unlimited signatures and payments
  • The Essentials plan starts at $19/ month
  • The Business plan is $49/ month
  • The price of the Enterprise plan depends on the scale of your business

Available on:

  • Web-based
  • iOS
  • Android

Pros:

  • There’s a free standalone e-Sign plan
  • Great for document management
  • Easy to use

Cons:

  • Free version has no Audit Trail
  • Zapier integrations cost extra

PandaDoc is a vast online signing platform with a modern look and more connectors than an electric circuit. There's no shortage of excellent features, but our favorites are the ability to convert a Google Doc into a signable document and its diverse template library.

It’s pretty rare in this industry to provide in-document payments in the free version, so if that’s important to you, PandaDoc should be one of your top contenders. But if all you need is a document editor, you might want to consider alternatives. While the lowest paid plan, Essentials, is rich with premium features, it is more expensive than most options.

DottedSign

Pricing:

  • Free: 3 signatures per month, with audit trail
  • Pro: $5/mo, unlimited signatures, limited to one reusable template
  • Business: $570/yr. Five users, branding, unlimited attachments
  • Enterprise: Call to quote, pricing is user-based, unlimited everything pretty much.

Available on:

  • Web-based
  • Android
  • iOS

Pros:

  • Lowest price for unlimited signatures
  • Audit trail in free version
  • iPad app in free version

Cons:

  • Lacks integrations
  • Templates library is a separate app

DottedSign offers one of the best deals around if all you need is e-signatures. Where many of the apps on this list do a little of everything - from editing to CRM auto-fill - DottedSign sticks to the basics. Depending on your needs that will be a strength or a weakness.

If you want a polished, modern-design app that does a few things well (e-signatures, audit trails, and signature tracking) DottedSign is an excellent place to start. It's also a great option if you're on a budget.

SignNow

Pricing:

  • Business: $8/month, unlimited templates
  • Business Premium: $15/month, notifications, reminders, branding
  • Enterprise: $30/month, send in bulk, calculated fields, conditional fields
  • airSlate Business Cloud: $500/month, 10 users, signatures, pdf editor, a bundle of apps

Available on:

  • Web-based
  • iOS
  • Android

Pros:

  • Part of a broader ecosystem of apps
  • Premium features cost less than others

Cons:

  • Costs add up if you count the editing app and the signing app separately

SignNow is the signature element of the extensive airSlate software suite. AirSlate specializes in no-code business process management (BPM) tools for automation. Inside of documents, you can create actions quickly based on conditions or triggers.

e-Signatures are a great application of BPM automation, and SignNow offers many premium features at low prices. We’re impressed by the custom branding, multilingual support, and bulk send included in the $15/mo plan. However, SignNow places payment acceptance in the third tier, which we’ve seen in the free plan in some cases.

Want small-business or even enterprise business automation? Look no further. But if you're after an option that's kinder on your wallet, you may be better off with another solution.

AdobeSign

Pricing: (it’s the hardest to explain, but we’re going to try anyway)

  • Free: “Acrobat Pro DC:” sign yourself, view, and annotate
  • PDF Pack with e-sign: $15/mo ($10/mo billed annually), send for signature, convert to PDF, export to other docs, scan to PDF on mobile, Office integration
  • Sign Small Business: $21/mo (billed annually only), bulk sending, sending right from MS Office, website signature page embedding, collect payments
  • Acrobat Pro DC with e-Sign: $25/mo ($15/mo billed annually), OCR, encryption, automatic form recognition, mobile editing, comprehensive PDF editing
  • Sign Business & Enterprise: call for quote, more integrations like Salesforce, Dynamics365, APIs, SSO, advanced admin features.

Available on:

  • iOS
  • Android
  • Windows Phone (phone and tablet)
  • macOS
  • Windows
  • Web-based

Pros:

  • Office integration is the best we’ve seen
  • Automatic form recognition and OCR

Cons:

  • Bulky application might not run quickly on some devices
  • Payments is part of $21/mo plan
  • Pricing is difficult to understand at any level

Adobe is the LeBron James of documents. They have been around forever and are the best at what they do. As a user or a small business owner it's tempting to say they're the default option. The Microsoft Office integration is second to none, the AI-driven OCR and form recognition works like magic and they're a huge name in the industry.

However, over the years, Adobe has struggled with its complexity and can appear fractured and overly complicated to the new user. It’s light on the API and customer logos and branding, but you’re not paying much considering it’s the most powerful PDF editor on the market.

Compared to other offerings, AdobeSign is on the cheaper side, with an impressive feature list to boot. Where so many other apps trend towards SaaS and cloud no-install apps, Adobe's most distinguishing feature is that it's meant for the desktop. Although there is a no-install signature capability and Adobe has begun dipping its toes in cloud apps, it still feels most comfortable on desktop, as part of Creative Cloud.

SignRequest

Pricing:

  • Free: 10 documents/month
  • Professional: $7/month for one user, five templates, custom branding, attachments
  • Business: $12/month per one user, unlimited signatures, templates, bulk sending
  • Enterprise: on-premise available with pricing on request

Available on:

  • Web-based
  • Support for mobile devices via a browser

Pros:

  • Zapier automation and bulk sending
  • Higher-end integrations
  • Google apps with the free version

Cons:

  • No dedicated apps
  • Pricey for the feature list
  • No template library

With pure web apps, there are certainly trade-offs to mention. Sometimes, it’s better to have beautiful and accessible apps to accomplish a single task, with no-download and installation. Other situations call for complexity and exposure of “under-the-hood” features.

SignRequest is the former, giving you big buttons right on the front page to get started with a free signature request. It’s smart, and more companies should do it. Delving deeper, we found that SignRequest competes with the big players in terms of integrations, bulk sending, and custom branding.

What is refreshing about SignRequest is that it seems like a smaller company with a focus on signature workflow and initial onboarding. Sure, they don't have a template library, but their integration with Google Docs and others is better than many of their competitors. We tend to think that without PDF editing their price is a tad too high, but for most small businesses, they have a good variety of features for the price.

RightSignature

Pricing:

  • The $15/month (12/month annually) standard plan offers one user and “Document Sending, Hand-Drawn Signatures, and Integration add-ons”
  • $60/month “Advanced” has three users and templates, statistics, branding, and attachments

Available on:

  • Web-based
  • It can be embedded in your website or API-connected as well

Pros:

  • Supports on-cloud file conversion
  • Custom branding
  • Biometric signatures

Cons:

  • Less business automation features
  • Pricey

RightSignature by Citrix is one of the legacy players in the market. It's the grizzled veteran that has seen it all and lived to tell the tale. Particularly if your company is already using Citrix applications (as so many do), adding RightSignature might be the right move.

For small businesses that want feature-rich apps for editing PDFs, receiving payments, or using a free extensive template library, RightSignature probably isn't for you. Not only is it on the expensive side, it's targeted at larger businesses that rely on biometric signatures, a more specific use case.

SignEasy

Pricing:

  • Plus: $20/month ($12/month annually), one user, unlimited signatures, one template
  • Professional: $25/month ($16/month yearly), one user, three templates, integrations
  • Premium: $75/month, ($60/month annually), three users, unlimited templates, branding

Available on:

  • Web-based
  • iOS
  • Android

Pros:

  • Biometric authentication on cheapest plan
  • Offline-signing

Cons:

  • Lack of template library
  • Expensive
  • Lack of PDF editor

Compared to the other apps on our list, SignEasy isn’t the most competitive option. It has relatively pricy plans and, although there is a free trial, doesn't include a free version. Although the list of integrations covers most common applications, it’s not available until the $25/mo plan.

We were impressed to see biometric authentication and fingerprint authentication on the cheapest plan. On the Premium plan, you get access to a richer feature set. Still, we were disappointed to see that compared to other apps, SignEasy disappoints with a lack of editing features, no Salesforce integration, and difficulty accessing IFTTT and Zapier capabilities.

DocHub

Pricing: DocHub is free up to 2000 documents and three e-signatures (by other people) per month. For $7/month, get unlimited signatures and even up to 35 fax pages/month—29% discount for annual subscriptions.

Available on:

  • Web-based
  • Support for mobile devices or desktop browsers

Pros:

  • Fast
  • Cloud-based
  • Browser editing of PDFs
  • More advanced signature workflows

Cons:

  • Lacks mobile app support
  • Requires persistent internet connection

DocHub is an excellent place to get started for individuals or small businesses. It’s entirely cloud-based and doesn’t even have an app. Although not as feature-packed as Adobe Document Cloud, it provides a wide range of capabilities, like batch signing and real-time collaboration (even with the free plan). Companies adopt the cloud signature process because it doesn't require the signers to download an app and it's simple to use – if you have used Google Docs, you can use DocHub.

It’s integrated with Google Drive, Dropbox, and even Gmail, but it won’t be replacing Google Docs. You’ll need to import any files from another cloud platform before it becomes a signed document. There are better workflows for enterprise or medium businesses, but DocHub suits small businesses perfectly.

Sertifi

Pricing:

  • e-Signatures: up to 5 users, for $1800/year
  • e-Signatures plus: payments, $3000/year
  • eAuthorizations package: no e-signatures, for $1260/year

Available on:

  • Web-based and enterprise applications

Pros:

  • Enterprise tools for large business
  • Your labeling/branding
  • Payments platform and Salesforce integrations

Cons:

  • Expensive plan has a limit of 5 users (with the ability to purchase additional)
  • One year limit on cloud storage (ability to purchase more)

Sertifi is a large player in the signature services market. Offering all-in-one payment systems, it is aimed primarily at the hospitality and tourism industry. The company is also used as a back end in e-commerce, and with the Salesforce integration, they can assist other companies in tracking their sales.

They are focused on three main products: e-Signatures, Payments, and eAuthorizations. We guess that most customers pay for the ePayments program, which tacks on eSignatures. Compared to other eSignature software, it is costly, but together with payments, it’s priced reasonably for enterprise accounts. Key elements include the ability to add your company branding to the “portal” and integrating with Salesforce and e-payments.

Eversign

Pricing:

  • Free for five documents (other people sign) per month
  • $10/month for one user, unlimited signatures, and three templates
  • $40/month for the “Professional” plan. It’s 5 of the “Basic” $10 plan, but with only ten templates and in-person signing
  • Finally, $80/month for “Professional Plus,” which offers custom branding and 15 users. There’s also an enterprise solution for larger companies.

Available on:

  • Web-based, works on any device, no dedicated application.

Pros:

  • Free plan is more generous than others
  • Branded portal much cheaper than the competition
  • REST API for developers to integrate

Cons:

  • Less advanced PDF Editor
  • Bi-annual SSL certificate is relatively weak

Eversign is part of the APILayer group of Software as a Service (SaaS) products, including invoicely, checkable, and Teamstack, among others. If you’re looking for a back-end to white-label, eversign’s API is quite good. Although the document management isn’t as seamless as we’ve seen with others, the tools to sign documents are relatively generous compared to the competition.

Eversign offers in-person signing, audit trails, and 256-bit SSL encryption. Still, with security-conscious sites migrating towards monthly and even shorter validity certificates, we were disappointed to find a 2-year-old RapidSSL digital signature on the website.

OneSpan Sign

Pricing:

  • The “Professional” plan used to be $20/month, now call for a quote
  • There is also an Enterprise plan, which requires a quote also, of course

Available on:

  • Web-based
  • Mobile apps for signing and authentication

Pros:

  • Custom-tailored solutions
  • Big enterprise clients welcome
  • Extra strong on security

Cons:

  • Not for average small business, probably
  • Website is a bit clunky

OneSpan is an e-signature platform you may have heard of if you work for the US Government. Although private, they have an impressive client list, including the Air Force (USAF) and Postal Service (USPS). For large-scale handling of business documents, only a few platforms will make custom-tailored applications for your needs. OneSpan is one of them.

If you’re not put off by the price tag, OneSpan offers a rare element in e-signatures - hardware authentication. As for its features, it looks like a carbon copy of many other products at enterprise scale. With all of the typical drag-and-drop features, we wouldn’t be surprised if its document editor is even white-labeled from another base application. OneSpan changed its name from “eSignLive Software” in 2019.

A unique aspect of OneSpan is its training programs. Their classes in just about every e-signature topic can quickly bring a large workforce up-to-speed on the software.

eSign Genie

Pricing:

  • Pay as you go: $10 month (5 documents + $2/document)
  • Professional Plan: $10/month , one user/sender
  • Business Premium: $25/month, includes 20 templates (vs. 10 with Professional plan)
  • Enterprise plan: call for pricing, on-premise installation, API access (not with other plans)

Available on:

  • Native mobile apps (although quite old)
  • Web-based version

Pros:

  • Dropbox, Google Drive Integrations
  • 3rd party document editing and permissions
  • Payment Integrations for relatively low prices

Cons:

  • Visual look and feel is older than others
  • API access is bundled vs. by itself

eSign Genie ranks as one of the best alternatives because of its relatively inexpensive pricing and the check-every-box nature of its feature list. They provide government compliant signatures, signature delegation, third party editing controls, and digitally certified PDF documents. You can integrate with Mailchimp or Zapier for mass signatures, sign with professional Topaz and Wacom POS systems, and it’s compliant with UETA, ESIGN, HIPAA, CFR 11, and PCI.

Overall we were impressed. Assuming you don't mind the app's funky visual style that looks like it was around in the days of dial-up, eSign Genie is a great option. It's not all about looks – eSign Genie definitely has the most extensive feature list at the lowest price on the market.

pdfFiller

Pricing:

  • Basic: $20/month, one user, filling PDFs
  • Premium: $40/month for up to five team members, sending for signatures
  • Business Cloud: $500+/month , Editor, ten users ($50 more for 11th+ user)

Available on:

  • Mobile iOS and Android apps
  • Windows and Mac Apps
  • Web-based version

Pros:

  • Excellent AirSlate Business Workflow apps integration
  • Useful USLegal Forms Library bundled subscription

Cons:

  • Monthly plan is expensive
  • Huge template library is difficult to navigate

PdfFiller is the last signature tool on our list, but not the least. Although our main issue is its pricing plan, it can be cost-competitive due to major annual subscription discounts. This brings the cost per user under $10/mo, which is less than most other competitor plans. Although the basic plan doesn’t include a signature platform, the Premium plan is just $3/user/mo and has many advanced features.

We’re pleased to see Slack integration, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Dynamics, Salesforce, and even Evernote, HubSpot, and Zoho via Zapier connectors (although pretty much anything can be advertised as an “integration” with Zapier). Like many e-signature platforms, pdfFiller seems to be a workflow automation app with PDF editing functionality tacked-on.

PDF editing isn’t a total afterthought, though. With the basic plan supporting only PDF editing and filling processes, including document management, pdfFiller aim is to be a useful PDF editing tool. As a unique differentiator, no other product has as many reusable templates and legal forms as you'll find within pdfFiller’s comprehensive library.

Better Proposals

Pricing:

  • Starter at $19 per user
  • Premium at $29 per user
  • Enterprise at $49 per user

Available on:

  • Web-based
  • Cloud
  • SaaS

Pros:

  • An extensive template library
  • Lots of different integrations
  • Instant payment option
  • Live chat with your prospects
  • E-signature

Cons:

  • No audit trail
  • No workflow management
  • No free version

Better Proposals isn’t exactly an electronic signature software. It's a way to quickly create, edit and share proposals with your customers. There are a bunch of great features, including an ability to get your proposals signed just by typing the name, and with solid encryption and really fast turn-around time, it’s hard to say no to.

The features don't stop there. Other notable features include pricing tables, instant notifications, proposal customization and instant payment options. All of these and more combine to make it a versatile and modern solution. With 40 integrations – from CRM to live chat and project management – you're in complete control of how, when and what you do.


These are the best e-signature tools available in the market. Before committing to any software, be sure to try out as many as possible, and if necessary, reach out to the support teams for help.

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