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Bitcoin is an innovative payment network and a new kind of money.

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency and worldwide payment system. It is the first decentralized digital currency, as the system works without a central bank or single administrator. The network is peer-to-peer and transactions take place between users directly, without an intermediary. These transactions are verified by network nodes through the use of cryptography and recorded in a public distributed ledger called a blockchain. Bitcoin was invented by an unknown person or group of people under the name Satoshi Nakamoto and released as open-source software in 2009.
Decentralised Team
There are several implementations of the bitcoin client maintained by different teams. The reference client in Bitcoin Core, maintained by developers around the world. Since bitcoin is fully working in production and very actively developed, the decentralised nature of the team can be seen as a strength.
Back in August 2010 there was a bug in Bitcoin's software that allowed an attacker to create about 92 billion bitcoin. A fix was released within 5 hours of the creation of the bitcoin. At that time, the "market cap" of bitcoin was only around $300k.
No Address
According to "Just like nobody owns the email technology, nobody owns the Bitcoin network. As such, nobody can speak with authority in the name of Bitcoin."
Utility of the coin/token
Store of value, payment

Team OverviewTeam Overview

Satoshi Nakamoto
Michael Ford
Suhas Daftuar
Dr. Johnson Lau
Patrick Strateman
Nicolas Dorier
Eric Lombrozo
Peter Todd
Jorge Timón
Gregory Maxwell
Cory Fields
Dr. Pieter Wuille
Marco Falke
Code Maintainer
Jonas Schnelli
Code Maintainer
Wladimir J. van der Laan
Code Maintainer

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What is Bitcoin?
Bitcoin is a consensus network that enables a new payment system and a completely digital money. It is the first decentralized peer-to-peer payment network that is powered by its users with no central authority or middlemen. From a user perspective, Bitcoin is pretty much like cash for the Internet. Bitcoin can also be seen as the most prominent triple entry bookkeeping system in existence.
Who created Bitcoin?
Bitcoin is the first implementation of a concept called "cryptocurrency", which was first described in 1998 by Wei Dai on the cypherpunks mailing list, suggesting the idea of a new form of money that uses cryptography to control its creation and transactions, rather than a central authority. The first Bitcoin specification and proof of concept was published in 2009 in a cryptography mailing list by Satoshi Nakamoto. Satoshi left the project in late 2010 without revealing much about himself. The community has since grown exponentially with many developers working on Bitcoin. Satoshi's anonymity often raised unjustified concerns, many of which are linked to misunderstanding of the open-source nature of Bitcoin. The Bitcoin protocol and software are published openly and any developer around the world can review the code or make their own modified version of the Bitcoin software. Just like current developers, Satoshi's influence was limited to the changes he made being adopted by others and therefore he did not control Bitcoin. As such, the identity of Bitcoin's inventor is probably as relevant today as the identity of the person who invented paper.
Who controls the Bitcoin network?
Nobody owns the Bitcoin network much like no one owns the technology behind email. Bitcoin is controlled by all Bitcoin users around the world. While developers are improving the software, they can't force a change in the Bitcoin protocol because all users are free to choose what software and version they use. In order to stay compatible with each other, all users need to use software complying with the same rules. Bitcoin can only work correctly with a complete consensus among all users. Therefore, all users and developers have a strong incentive to protect this consensus.
How does Bitcoin work?
From a user perspective, Bitcoin is nothing more than a mobile app or computer program that provides a personal Bitcoin wallet and allows a user to send and receive bitcoins with them. This is how Bitcoin works for most users. Behind the scenes, the Bitcoin network is sharing a public ledger called the "block chain". This ledger contains every transaction ever processed, allowing a user's computer to verify the validity of each transaction. The authenticity of each transaction is protected by digital signatures corresponding to the sending addresses, allowing all users to have full control over sending bitcoins from their own Bitcoin addresses. In addition, anyone can process transactions using the computing power of specialized hardware and earn a reward in bitcoins for this service. This is often called "mining".
What are the advantages of Bitcoin?
Payment freedom - It is possible to send and receive bitcoins anywhere in the world at any time. No bank holidays. No borders. No bureaucracy. Bitcoin allows its users to be in full control of their money. Choose your own fees - There is no fee to receive bitcoins, and many wallets let you control how large a fee to pay when spending. Higher fees can encourage faster confirmation of your transactions. Fees are unrelated to the amount transferred, so it's possible to send 100,000 bitcoins for the same fee it costs to send 1 bitcoin. Additionally, merchant processors exist to assist merchants in processing transactions, converting bitcoins to fiat currency and depositing funds directly into merchants' bank accounts daily. As these services are based on Bitcoin, they can be offered for much lower fees than with PayPal or credit card networks. Fewer risks for merchants - Bitcoin transactions are secure, irreversible, and do not contain customers’ sensitive or personal information. This protects merchants from losses caused by fraud or fraudulent chargebacks, and there is no need for PCI compliance. Merchants can easily expand to new markets where either credit cards are not available or fraud rates are unacceptably high. The net results are lower fees, larger markets, and fewer administrative costs. Security and control - Bitcoin users are in full control of their transactions; it is impossible for merchants to force unwanted or unnoticed charges as can happen with other payment methods. Bitcoin payments can be made without personal information tied to the transaction. This offers strong protection against identity theft. Bitcoin users can also protect their money with backup and encryption. Transparent and neutral - All information concerning the Bitcoin money supply itself is readily available on the block chain for anybody to verify and use in real-time. No individual or organization can control or manipulate the Bitcoin protocol because it is cryptographically secure. This allows the core of Bitcoin to be trusted for being completely neutral, transparent and predictable.
What are the disadvantages of Bitcoin?
Degree of acceptance - Many people are still unaware of Bitcoin. Every day, more businesses accept bitcoins because they want the advantages of doing so, but the list remains small and still needs to grow in order to benefit from network effects. Volatility - The total value of bitcoins in circulation and the number of businesses using Bitcoin are still very small compared to what they could be. Therefore, relatively small events, trades, or business activities can significantly affect the price. In theory, this volatility will decrease as Bitcoin markets and the technology matures. Never before has the world seen a start-up currency, so it is truly difficult (and exciting) to imagine how it will play out. Ongoing development - Bitcoin software is still in beta with many incomplete features in active development. New tools, features, and services are being developed to make Bitcoin more secure and accessible to the masses. Some of these are still not ready for everyone. Most Bitcoin businesses are new and still offer no insurance. In general, Bitcoin is still in the process of maturing.
Why do people trust Bitcoin?
Much of the trust in Bitcoin comes from the fact that it requires no trust at all. Bitcoin is fully open-source and decentralized. This means that anyone has access to the entire source code at any time. Any developer in the world can therefore verify exactly how Bitcoin works. All transactions and bitcoins issued into existence can be transparently consulted in real-time by anyone. All payments can be made without reliance on a third party and the whole system is protected by heavily peer-reviewed cryptographic algorithms like those used for online banking. No organization or individual can control Bitcoin, and the network remains secure even if not all of its users can be trusted.
Can I make money with Bitcoin?
You should never expect to get rich with Bitcoin or any emerging technology. It is always important to be wary of anything that sounds too good to be true or disobeys basic economic rules.
Is Bitcoin fully virtual and immaterial?
Bitcoin is as virtual as the credit cards and online banking networks people use everyday. Bitcoin can be used to pay online and in physical stores just like any other form of money. Bitcoins can also be exchanged in physical form such as the Denarium coins, but paying with a mobile phone usually remains more convenient. Bitcoin balances are stored in a large distributed network, and they cannot be fraudulently altered by anybody. In other words, Bitcoin users have exclusive control over their funds and bitcoins cannot vanish just because they are virtual.
What happens when bitcoins are lost?
When a user loses his wallet, it has the effect of removing money out of circulation. Lost bitcoins still remain in the block chain just like any other bitcoins. However, lost bitcoins remain dormant forever because there is no way for anybody to find the private key(s) that would allow them to be spent again. Because of the law of supply and demand, when fewer bitcoins are available, the ones that are left will be in higher demand and increase in value to compensate.
Is Bitcoin legal?
To the best of our knowledge, Bitcoin has not been made illegal by legislation in most jurisdictions. However, some jurisdictions (such as Argentina and Russia) severely restrict or ban foreign currencies. Other jurisdictions (such as Thailand) may limit the licensing of certain entities such as Bitcoin exchanges.
Is Bitcoin useful for illegal activities?
Bitcoin is money, and money has always been used both for legal and illegal purposes. Cash, credit cards and current banking systems widely surpass Bitcoin in terms of their use to finance crime. Bitcoin can bring significant innovation in payment systems and the benefits of such innovation are often considered to be far beyond their potential drawbacks. Bitcoin is designed to be a huge step forward in making money more secure and could also act as a significant protection against many forms of financial crime. For instance, bitcoins are completely impossible to counterfeit. Users are in full control of their payments and cannot receive unapproved charges such as with credit card fraud. Bitcoin transactions are irreversible and immune to fraudulent chargebacks. Bitcoin allows money to be secured against theft and loss using very strong and useful mechanisms such as backups, encryption, and multiple signatures. Some concerns have been raised that Bitcoin could be more attractive to criminals because it can be used to make private and irreversible payments. However, these features already exist with cash and wire transfer, which are widely used and well-established. The use of Bitcoin will undoubtedly be subjected to similar regulations that are already in place inside existing financial systems, and Bitcoin is not likely to prevent criminal investigations from being conducted. In general, it is common for important breakthroughs to be perceived as being controversial before their benefits are well understood. The Internet is a good example among many others to illustrate this.
Can Bitcoin be regulated?
The Bitcoin protocol itself cannot be modified without the cooperation of nearly all its users, who choose what software they use. Attempting to assign special rights to a local authority in the rules of the global Bitcoin network is not a practical possibility. Any rich organization could choose to invest in mining hardware to control half of the computing power of the network and become able to block or reverse recent transactions. However, there is no guarantee that they could retain this power since this requires to invest as much than all other miners in the world. It is however possible to regulate the use of Bitcoin in a similar way to any other instrument. Just like the dollar, Bitcoin can be used for a wide variety of purposes, some of which can be considered legitimate or not as per each jurisdiction's laws. In this regard, Bitcoin is no different than any other tool or resource and can be subjected to different regulations in each country. Bitcoin use could also be made difficult by restrictive regulations, in which case it is hard to determine what percentage of users would keep using the technology. A government that chooses to ban Bitcoin would prevent domestic businesses and markets from developing, shifting innovation to other countries. The challenge for regulators, as always, is to develop efficient solutions while not impairing the growth of new emerging markets and businesses.
What about Bitcoin and taxes?
Bitcoin is not a fiat currency with legal tender status in any jurisdiction, but often tax liability accrues regardless of the medium used. There is a wide variety of legislation in many different jurisdictions which could cause income, sales, payroll, capital gains, or some other form of tax liability to arise with Bitcoin.
How are bitcoins created?
New bitcoins are generated by a competitive and decentralized process called "mining". This process involves that individuals are rewarded by the network for their services. Bitcoin miners are processing transactions and securing the network using specialized hardware and are collecting new bitcoins in exchange. The Bitcoin protocol is designed in such a way that new bitcoins are created at a fixed rate. This makes Bitcoin mining a very competitive business. When more miners join the network, it becomes increasingly difficult to make a profit and miners must seek efficiency to cut their operating costs. No central authority or developer has any power to control or manipulate the system to increase their profits. Every Bitcoin node in the world will reject anything that does not comply with the rules it expects the system to follow. Bitcoins are created at a decreasing and predictable rate. The number of new bitcoins created each year is automatically halved over time until bitcoin issuance halts completely with a total of 21 million bitcoins in existence. At this point, Bitcoin miners will probably be supported exclusively by numerous small transaction fees.
Why do bitcoins have value?
Bitcoins have value because they are useful as a form of money. Bitcoin has the characteristics of money (durability, portability, fungibility, scarcity, divisibility, and recognizability) based on the properties of mathematics rather than relying on physical properties (like gold and silver) or trust in central authorities (like fiat currencies). In short, Bitcoin is backed by mathematics. With these attributes, all that is required for a form of money to hold value is trust and adoption. In the case of Bitcoin, this can be measured by its growing base of users, merchants, and startups. As with all currency, bitcoin's value comes only and directly from people willing to accept them as payment.
What determines bitcoin’s price?
The price of a bitcoin is determined by supply and demand. When demand for bitcoins increases, the price increases, and when demand falls, the price falls. There is only a limited number of bitcoins in circulation and new bitcoins are created at a predictable and decreasing rate, which means that demand must follow this level of inflation to keep the price stable. Because Bitcoin is still a relatively small market compared to what it could be, it doesn't take significant amounts of money to move the market price up or down, and thus the price of a bitcoin is still very volatile.
Can bitcoins become worthless?
Yes. History is littered with currencies that failed and are no longer used, such as the German Mark during the Weimar Republic and, more recently, the Zimbabwean dollar. Although previous currency failures were typically due to hyperinflation of a kind that Bitcoin makes impossible, there is always potential for technical failures, competing currencies, political issues and so on. As a basic rule of thumb, no currency should be considered absolutely safe from failures or hard times. Bitcoin has proven reliable for years since its inception and there is a lot of potential for Bitcoin to continue to grow. However, no one is in a position to predict what the future will be for Bitcoin.
Is Bitcoin a bubble?
A fast rise in price does not constitute a bubble. An artificial over-valuation that will lead to a sudden downward correction constitutes a bubble. Choices based on individual human action by hundreds of thousands of market participants is the cause for bitcoin's price to fluctuate as the market seeks price discovery. Reasons for changes in sentiment may include a loss of confidence in Bitcoin, a large difference between value and price not based on the fundamentals of the Bitcoin economy, increased press coverage stimulating speculative demand, fear of uncertainty, and old-fashioned irrational exuberance and greed.
Is Bitcoin a Ponzi scheme?
A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation that pays returns to its investors from their own money, or the money paid by subsequent investors, instead of from profit earned by the individuals running the business. Ponzi schemes are designed to collapse at the expense of the last investors when there is not enough new participants. Bitcoin is a free software project with no central authority. Consequently, no one is in a position to make fraudulent representations about investment returns. Like other major currencies such as gold, United States dollar, euro, yen, etc. there is no guaranteed purchasing power and the exchange rate floats freely. This leads to volatility where owners of bitcoins can unpredictably make or lose money. Beyond speculation, Bitcoin is also a payment system with useful and competitive attributes that are being used by thousands of users and businesses.
Why do I have to wait for confirmation?
Receiving notification of a payment is almost instant with Bitcoin. However, there is a delay before the network begins to confirm your transaction by including it in a block. A confirmation means that there is a consensus on the network that the bitcoins you received haven't been sent to anyone else and are considered your property. Once your transaction has been included in one block, it will continue to be buried under every block after it, which will exponentially consolidate this consensus and decrease the risk of a reversed transaction. Each confirmation takes between a few seconds and 90 minutes, with 10 minutes being the average. If the transaction pays too low a fee or is otherwise atypical, getting the first confirmation can take much longer. Every user is free to determine at what point they consider a transaction sufficiently confirmed, but 6 confirmations is often considered to be as safe as waiting 6 months on a credit card transaction.
How much will the transaction fee be?
Transactions can be processed without fees, but trying to send free transactions can require waiting days or weeks. Although fees may increase over time, normal fees currently only cost a tiny amount. By default, all Bitcoin wallets listed on add what they think is an appropriate fee to your transactions; most of those wallets will also give you chance to review the fee before sending the transaction. Transaction fees are used as a protection against users sending transactions to overload the network and as a way to pay miners for their work helping to secure the network. The precise manner in which fees work is still being developed and will change over time. Because the fee is not related to the amount of bitcoins being sent, it may seem extremely low or unfairly high. Instead, the fee is relative to the number of bytes in the transaction, so using multisig or spending multiple previously-received amounts may cost more than simpler transactions. If your activity follows the pattern of conventional transactions, you won't have to pay unusually high fees.
What if I receive a bitcoin when my computer is powered off?
This works fine. The bitcoins will appear next time you start your wallet application. Bitcoins are not actually received by the software on your computer, they are appended to a public ledger that is shared between all the devices on the network. If you are sent bitcoins when your wallet client program is not running and you later launch it, it will download blocks and catch up with any transactions it did not already know about, and the bitcoins will eventually appear as if they were just received in real time. Your wallet is only needed when you wish to spend bitcoins.


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Source Code Repositories

bitcoin/bitcoin 39618 Stars 779 Contributers 959 Open Issues

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Supply Economics
Every block mints new bitcoins as a mining reward. The rewards started at 50 BTC and half every 4 years until 21 million bitcoins are mined, somewhere in the year 2140. It's estimated that 3-4 million BTC have already been lost or destroyed.
Tradeable CoinsTradeable Coins
17,815,712 (100% of total) ({tradeable_of_total} of total)

Rich List Addresses holding the largest balances

AddressAddress AmountAmount NameName
35hK24tcLEWcgNA4JxpvbkNkoAcDGqQPsP 151,000.13333333 (Wallet Multisignature 3-of-7)
34xp4vRoCGJym3xR7yCVPFHoCNxv4Twseo 148,689.15978108 Binance (Cold Wallet)
385cR5DM96n1HvBDMzLHPYcw89fZAXULJP 120,804.91715587 Bittrex (Cold Wallet)
3Nxwenay9Z8Lc9JBiywExpnEFiLp6Afp8v 107,848.28903408 Bitstamp (Cold Wallet Multisignature 3-of-5)
183hmJGRuTEi2YDCWy5iozY8rZtFwVgahM 85,947.34877055
1FeexV6bAHb8ybZjqQMjJrcCrHGW9sb6uF 79,957.20036267
3D2oetdNuZUqQHPJmcMDDHYoqkyNVsFk9r 76,893.07172632 Bitfinex (Cold Wallet Multisignature 3-of-6)
1HQ3Go3ggs8pFnXuHVHRytPCq5fGG8Hbhx 69,370.13011174
3E35SFZkfLMGo4qX5aVs1bBDSnAuGgBH33 65,077.08184519
1LdRcdxfbSnmCYYNdeYpUnztiYzVfBEQeC 53,880.05907322
38UmuUqPCrFmQo4khkomQwZ4VbY2nZMJ67 53,548.36897117 (Wallet Multisignature 2-of-6)
3JZq4atUahhuA9rLhXLMhhTo133J9rF97j 53,388.23450332 Bitfinex (Cold Wallet)
1JCe8z4jJVNXSjohjM4i9Hh813dLCNx2Sy 53,000.01397931
1AC4fMwgY8j9onSbXEWeH6Zan8QGMSdmtA 51,830.35700656
15VREscuZWHb41zzyivw6ZYagMyJ6YKFHd 47,000.07802562
3R1hBCHURkquAjFUv1eH5u2gXqooJkjg4B 41,899.37737319 (Wallet Multisignature 3-of-5)
bc1q5shngj24323nsrmxv99st02na6srekfctt30ch 40,000.32709848
33FKcwFhFBKWHh46Ksmxs3QBu8HV7h8QdF 37,922.91025993
17hf5H8D6Yc4B7zHEg3orAtKn7Jhme7Adx 36,000.00202
3Kzh9qAqVWQhEsfQz7zEQL1EuSx5tyNLNS 32,132.48075119 25603268 (Wallet Multisignature 2-of-3)

Exchange Markets

ExchangeExchange MarketMarket PricePrice DiffDiff Volume 24hVolume 24h SpreadSpread Spread $1kSpread $1k
Binance BTC/USDT $11,831 0.14% $455,781,811 0% 0%
Coinbase Pro BTC/USD $11,815 0.01% $131,398,316 0% 0%
Bitfinex BTC/BUSD $11,814 0% $90,141,830 0.01% 0.02%
Bitstamp BTC/USD $11,818 0.04% $87,051,889 0.08% 0.08%
Upbit BTC/KRW $11,677 -1.2% $86,656,856 0.01% 0.01%
Kraken BTC/USD $11,814 0% $55,682,114 0.01% 0.03%
Bitflyer BTC/JPY $11,834 0.17% $54,444,939 0.09% 0.09%
Kraken BTC/EUR $11,893 0.67% $47,305,455 0.02% 0.06%
Binance ETH/BTC $11,805 -0.07% $37,407,938 0.03% 0.05%
Binance BNB/BTC $11,805 -0.07% $29,585,387 0% 0%
Coincheck BTC/JPY $11,837 0.2% $24,521,328 0.04% 0.05%
CoinOne BTC/KRW $11,683 -1.1% $21,637,907 0.02% 0.06%
Binance XRP/BTC $11,805 -0.07% $20,020,662 0.04% 0.12% BTC/USDT $11,806 -0.07% $19,735,436 0.14% 0.14%
Gemini BTC/USD $11,811 -0.02% $19,710,726 0.02% 0.02%
Coinbase Pro BTC/EUR $11,906 0.79% $17,922,417 0.04% 0.04%
Binance BTC/USDC $11,842 0.24% $17,897,180 0.02% 0.05%
itBit BTC/USD $11,824 0.09% $16,249,895 0.04% 0.05%
Bitstamp BTC/EUR $11,888 0.63% $15,747,783 0.1% 0.1%
Binance LTC/BTC $11,805 -0.07% $15,616,266 0.06% 0.12%
Binance EOS/BTC $11,805 -0.07% $14,112,625 0.06% 0.09%
Zaif BTC/JPY $11,824 0.08% $13,033,004 0.04% 0.21%
Binance LINK/BTC $11,805 -0.07% $9,945,968 0.08% 0.09%
Binance REN/BTC $11,805 -0.07% $8,884,721 0.19% 0.38%
Binance BTC/PAX $11,811 -0.02% $8,209,030 0.06% 0.06%
Bitfinex ETH/BTC $11,805 -0.07% $7,953,179 0.01% 0.01%
Bittrex BTC/USD $11,807 -0.06% $7,263,610 0.04% 0.04%
Bitfinex BTC/BEUR $11,814 0% $7,219,349 0.01% 0.01%
Coinbase Pro LTC/BTC $11,805 -0.07% $6,754,021 0.06% 0.1%
Binance ADA/BTC $11,805 -0.07% $6,518,180 0.24% 0.24%
Coinbase Pro BTC/GBP $11,766 -0.4% $5,637,509 0.09% 0.14%
Coinbase Pro ETH/BTC $11,805 -0.07% $5,605,452 0.06% 0.11%
Binance BTC/TUSD $11,850 0.31% $5,402,249 0.05% 0.13%
Coinbase Pro BTC/USDC $11,823 0.08% $5,171,500 0.05% 0.05%
Poloniex BTC/USDT $11,806 -0.07% $5,105,530 0.08% 0.08%
Binance TRX/BTC $11,805 -0.07% $4,705,902 0.58% 0.58%
Binance RVN/BTC $11,805 -0.07% $4,549,105 0.29% 0.29%
Poloniex BTC/USDC $11,818 0.04% $4,408,669 0.13% 0.13%
Kraken ETH/BTC $11,805 -0.07% $4,269,177 0.06% 0.17%
Binance XMR/BTC $11,805 -0.07% $4,012,065 0.05% 0.23%
Binance EVX/BTC $11,805 -0.07% $3,277,219 0.2% 1.5%
BTCTurk BTC/TRY $11,867 0.45% $3,079,219 0.27% 0.28%
Coinbase Pro XRP/BTC $11,805 -0.07% $3,009,041 0.08% 0.12%
Mercado Bitcoin BTC/BRL $11,770 -0.37% $2,890,830 0.13% 0.13%
Bitfinex EOS/BTC $11,805 -0.07% $2,839,582 0% 0.04%
Poloniex XRP/BTC $11,805 -0.07% $2,821,588 0.04% 0.12%
Indodax BTC/IDR $11,867 0.45% $2,571,576 0% 0.1%
Bittrex BTC/USDT $11,814 0.01% $2,550,158 0% 0%
Bitfinex LTC/BTC $11,805 -0.07% $2,533,612 0.14% 0.14%
Binance MIOTA/BTC $11,805 -0.07% $2,276,072 0.23% 0.55%

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