Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency to use a stable, decentralized blockchain-based network to record transactions.
Bitcoin is the largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization and volume of data stored on its blockchain, having been launched in early 2009 by its pseudonymous founder Satoshi Nakamoto.
Anyone who wants to run a Bitcoin node and store their own copy of the Bitcoin blockchain can download the Bitcoin program for free from the internet. Engineers have created additional protocols to increase the speed and privacy of Bitcoin transactions as the technology matures, such as the Omni Layer, Lightning Network, and Liquid Network. There will only be around 21 million bitcoins ever created.
Bitcoin miners, who help to sustain the network by adding new transaction data to the blockchain, create new coins every 10 minutes.
The CoinDesk 20 includes a Bitcoin price page, as well as price history, a price ticker, market cap, and live charts for the top cryptocurrencies. In addition, CoinDesk offers a range of institutional-grade price indexes. Here’s where you can learn more about them.