Bitcoin is decentralized digital currency that enables instant payments to anyone, anywhere in the
world. Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority: managing transactions and
issuing money are carried out collectively by the network. The original Bitcoin software by Satoshi Nakamoto
was released under the MIT license. Most client software, derived or "from scratch", also use open source
Bytecoin is a first CryptoNote-based cryptocurrency. A CPU-mined coin, it's primary advantages are
extraordinary transaction untraceability and unlinkability features. BCN is stated to be much more
anonymous than Bitcoin and all its existing forks. The developers claim a person’s right to privacy
is their primary concern and strictly observe their own privacy. Bytecoin was started on July 4th, 2012.
BCN is based on CryptoNote, an open-source technology for anonymous cryptocurrencies. It utilizes
ring signature and one-time addresses for completely anonymous payments. CryptoNote is designed in a way,
which makes block chain analysis impossible. CryptoNote is focused on CPU-mining in order to make the
special purposes devices useless.
DigitalNote is an experimental open-source cryptocurrency based on CryptoNote technology and CryptoNight
algorithm. It is a fork of Bytecoin - the very first implementation of CryptoNote. Nobody own or control
DigitalNote. It is a scalable decentralized cryptocurrency with strong privacy protection. DigitalNote
uses ring signatures, to provide unlinkable and untraceable transactions.
Unlike other CryptoNote based cryptocurrencies, Fantomcoin supports merged mining. It can be possible with
Bytecoin, Monero, QuazarCoin or any CN based coin. New blockchain needs no additional hashpower - it uses
Bytecoin, Monero, QuazarCoin blocks or shares as PoW. Miners are free to choose "donor" chain they like.
In case other chains based on CryptoNote will appear they also can be used as "donor" chains.
Ethereum or Ether is a cryptocurrency designed to pay for the computational purposes of the Ethereum network.
The name of the coin comes from the name of the platform intended to allow a network of peers to administer their
own stateful user-created smart contracts in the absence of central authority.
Dash is a cryptocurrency previously known as Darkcoin or XCoin. It uses a coin-mixing service called
Darksend that prevents transactions from being traced and adds privacy to the network. Quick confirmation
makes Dash payments an effective way to send money worldwide. Two-Tier network opens new possibilities to
integrate various services unavailable for other currencies.
The developers of Nxt deem it a second-generation cryptocurrency dramatically different from Bitcoin and all
the altcoins. It is written from scratch, based on PoS mechanism and can be considered an eco-friendly coin
as it does not require great amounts of hashing power. Its efficient feature "Transparent Forging" minimizes
the transaction time as it determines which server node will generate the next block, so the transaction is
sent straight to this node.
Radium and its blockchain serve as a basis for the Radium SmartChain, a foundation for the progressive
blockchain development. The ultimate goal is to set up an environment for completely decentralized services.
RADS can be sent using traditional addresses or usernames recorded in the blockchain of the coin.
Factom is an open source project implementing blockchain technology for businesses. Entries in the ledger
cannot be altered, thus there is no place for fraud and forgery, the system becomes transparent. Factom
cryptocurrency is alternatively called Factoids. Users of the system can exchange them for Entry Credits,
in this case the coins are burnt. Individuals who run FCT Servers pay transaction fees for Bitcoin and get
Factoids as an incentive for that.
Lisk is a new decentralized application platform with its own cryptocurrency. The platform is based on
These are custom blockchains integrated into the Lisk’s one. Lisk uses Delegated-Proof-of-Stake, a highly
secured and flexible consensus model, which elects 101 delegates to create blocks.
Expanse is a driven by the DAO community smart contract platform, providing tools and services to create
intuitive decentralized applications (DAPPs). The platform allows to integrate blockchain technologies and
spread decentralized information to different fields. Expanse is powered by EXP, a democratic controlled
Steem is the first Reddit-like social media platform based on blockchain technologies. Each worthy
content, instead of likes, is rewarded by STEEM, a crypto that fuels the platform. STEEM may also be
mined through the p2p network.
Stratis is a flexible and powerful Blockchain Development Platform designed for the needs of real-world
financial services businesses.
Gulden is the first digital currency with a human approach. It is a Dutch cryptocurrency named after
the national defunct currency of Netherlands. The crypto is determined by the demand for gold and silver.
Guldens are stored on a mobile or desktop app and can be used anywhere Bitcoin is accepted, including IBAN banks.
Zcash is a totally private decentralized crypto using a new cryptographic algorithm for payments using a
zero-knowledge proof of construction, providing safe encryption of a sender, a recipient and an amount sent.
Zcash has a view key for users to see and control the content.
Litecoin is a peer-to-peer Internet currency that enables instant payments to anyone in the world. It is
based on the Bitcoin protocol but differs from Bitcoin in that it can be efficiently mined with consumer-grade
hardware. Litecoin provides faster transaction confirmations (2.5 minutes on average) and uses a memory-hard,
scrypt-based mining proof-of-work algorithm to target the regular computers with GPUs most people already have.
The Litecoin network is scheduled to produce 84 million currency units. One of the aims of Litecoin was to
provide a mining algorithm that could run at the same time, on the same hardware used to mine Bitcoins. With
the rise of specialized ASICs for Bitcoin, Litecoin continues to satisfy these goals. It is unlikely for ASIC
mining to be developed for Litecoin until the currency becomes more widely used.
Monero is a new coin using the CryptoNote protocol. It's based on Bytecoin, which was coded from scratch and
is not a descendent of Bitcoin. XMR was launched on April 18, 2014.
QuazarCoin is a new cryptocurrency based on the CryptoNote and uses the CryptoNight algorithm. QCN protects
your data and privacy with help of completely anonymous transactions with ring signatures.
Dashcoin is a Next generation anonymous cryptocurrency and the first automatically mutating
cryptocurrency created with CryptoNote technology.
Dogecoin is a cryptocurrency featuring a likeness of the Shiba Inu dog from the "Doge" Internet meme as
its logo. Started as a "joke currency" in late 2013, Dogecoin quickly developed its own online community
and reached reasonable capitalization nowadays.
NuBits is a digital currency developed in 2014 by the creators of Peershares. The unique feature of this cryptocurrency is its stable price.
NuBits is always equal to $1 and it is the first decentralized cryptocurrency to maintain the $1 peg for over a year.
They accomplish it by adjusting the coin supply to match investor demand, the markets don’t control the price.
Ripple is a digital currency of Ripple payment network created to support fast and secure financial
transactions worldwide. This currency is present uniquely within the system and cannot be mined. It helps
avoid counterparty risk and serves as the network’s native asset.
Aeon is a CryptoNote-based anonymous cryptocurrency using the CryptoNight-light algorithm. It offers data
protection features, untraceable payments with ring signatures and unlikable transactions to its users.
Aeon was launched on 06.06.2014.
MaidSafeCoin is a part of MaidSafe network. The developers created SAFE (Secure Access For Everyone) network
for invulnerable and private data storage with no governing party. Users of the network who grant their
resources are automatically rewarded with the coins. They can exchange the received Safecoins for the services
within SAFE Network or trade them as any other cryptocurrency.
Synereo is a "next generation" decentralized social network that incorporates blockchain technology to
overcome problems associated with centralized social networks such as privacy, security and
commodification of users' personal data.
Ethereum Classic is a new cryptocurrency based on the original Ethereum blockchain before it was hardforked.
ETC is based on the same principles as ETH, except its blockchain contains the hacked blocks being bailed
out from the Ethereum replicated one.
NEM is a peer to peer platform providing solutions for blockchain multisigns, payments, messaging,
naming system, asset making and other services. One of the key features of NEM is that it doesn't require
much computing power as other cryptos and has a low entry barrier for developers. The main point of NEM
is to provide cheap and super secure services worldwide.
NEM is fueled by its own cryptocurrency, named XEM.
LBRY is the first digital marketplace to be controlled by the market’s participants rather than a
corporation or other 3rd-party.
Ardor is a scalable blockchain platform based on Child Chains, allowing to build cost-savvy and stable
decentralized applications for any purposes. Ardor is powered by the cryptocurrency of the same name,
based on the NXT blockchain technology.
Augur is a decentralized platform with rewards for accurate predictions of certain events. The predictions
may concern almost any event with any possible outcomes and can be made by buying virtual shares. Augur
provides creation of any prediction market and is fueled by its own cryptocurrency of the same name.