What is Bitcoin? Bitcoin is a decentralized, digital currency. Transactions are cheap, secure, global, and fast. Learn More
Open to everyone. Anyone in the world with an internet connection can use Bitcoin.
Global and fast. Bitcoin payments can be sent across borders within a few seconds.
No central authority. Just like the internet, no government or organization controls Bitcoin.
Private. No personal information is required in order to use Bitcoin. Just download a wallet.
Secure. Bitcoin is the largest network of computers in the world. Use Bitcoin with confidence.
Financial freedom. Store money without a bank. No spending limits, hidden fees, or frozen accounts.

Get a Bitcoin wallet

What is a Bitcoin wallet? It's the first step to using Bitcoin. Without a wallet, you can’t receive, store, or spend bitcoins. Learn more about storing your bitcoins.

Get bitcoins

The easiest way to get bitcoins is to buy them. There are a number of Bitcoin exchanges that accept many payment methods. Find a Bitcoin exchange.

What is Bitcoin used for?

Money. Simply put, Bitcoin is money. It's used as a medium of exchange and store of value.
Investment. Bitcoin's steady price growth has made it attractive as a speculative investment.
Remittances. Bitcoin's global nature makes it a great option for sending money to other countries.
Shopping. Bitcoin is money built for the internet, making it great for online shopping and payments.
Store of value. Bitcoin's limited supply makes it useful as a tool for storing and preserving wealth.
Accept Bitcoin. Merchants can accept Bitcoin and save money on processing fees.

How is Bitcoin different from existing currencies or gold?

No central authority is involved in its issuance or control. New bitcoins are steadily issued to miners, not by a central bank. Bitcoins supply is capped at 21 million bitcoins. No government or corporation controls Bitcoin. Unlike gold, Bitcoin is purely digital, making it much easier and cheaper to transport and store.

What is Bitcoin mining?

Miners process and validate all Bitcoin transactions. Miners also secure the Bitcoin network. For this, miners are rewarded with newly-created Bitcoins. Read our complete guide to Bitcoin mining.

Who created Bitcoin?

Nobody knows for sure. Bitcoin’s creator used the pseudonym “Satoshi Nakamoto” to announce and discuss his invention.

Is Bitcoin legal?

Bitcoin is legal in most countries. There are very few nations which outright ban Bitcoin. It’s entirely unregulated in many countries.

Is Bitcoin a scam?

Bitcoin makes no get-rich-quick promises. Investors who buy and hold Bitcoin do so only because they believe the technology holds great future potential.

What determines Bitcoin's price?

Like with all goods, the market determines Bitcoin's price. One bitcoin is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.