Bitcoin Alternatives and Similar Software

The crypto-currency that sparked epic changes in the world of finance, BitCoin paved way for a budding marketplace of digital currencies. BitCoin still leads the way, but there are now many other great options to choose from.

Privacy focused alternatives are easy to filter as well as currencies with fast transactions, for those seeking quicker turnaround times than BitCoin. Being widely recognized is another key metric, greater recognition usually entails less risk of going under.

Besides direct alternatives, there are some excellent tools like CoinMarketCap for an overview of popular currencies and Coinbase for trading.

The list of alternatives was last updated: 4/18/2020 9:44:00 AM

Alternatives to Bitcoin for all platforms with any license

  • Monero

    Monero is a digital currency that is secure, private, and untraceable. It is open-source and freely available to all. With Monero, you are your own bank. Only you control and are responsible for your funds, and your accounts and transactions are kept private from prying eyes.

    • Monero transactions cannot be traced at all, while Bitcoin transactions can be traced with minimal effort jsawesome1Nov 2017 • 8 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • the real next bitcoin generation: secure, computable & extendible not like Litecoin that is just an improvement of current Bitcoin implementation Guest • May 2017 • 4 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • You can use Monero to anonymize BitCoins you buy using your credit card via online exchanges. (Look up how to do this correctly.) JohnFastmanDec 2016 • 3 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Litecoin

    Litecoin is a peer-to-peer Internet currency that enables instant payments to anyone in the world. It differs from its parent Bitcoin in that can be efficiently mined with consumer-grade hardware. Litecoin provides faster confirmations (targeted at every 2.5 minutes on average) and uses memory-hard, scrypt-based mining to target the CPUs and GPUs most people already have. The Litecoin network is scheduled to produce four times as many currency units as Bitcoin.

    • With Bitcoin being so expensive, Litecoin, the silver standard is no doubt the best alternative. jamessmith35Aug 2019 • 1 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Bitcoin Cash

    Bitcoin Cash brings sound money to the world. Merchants and users are empowered with low fees and reliable confirmations. The future shines brightly with unrestricted growth, global adoption, permissionless innovation, and decentralized development. All Bitcoin holders as of block 478558 are now owners of Bitcoin Cash. All Bitcoiners are welcome to join the Bitcoin Cash community as we move forward in creating sound money accessible to the whole world.

    • Bitcoin Cash is an upgraded version of the Bitcoin Core software. Guest • Apr 2020 • 5 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • -Not really descentralized -Is not safe using a cryptocurrency which minning algoritm (in this case SHA-256) is not the most used one in the ecosystem. High danger of 51% attack. -Not useful, larger blocks are not even being used because nobody use this altcoin really. Guest • Mar 2019 • 5 agrees and 34 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Dogecoin

    Dogecoin is an open source, decentralized, peer-to-peer cryptocurrency, favored by Shiba Inus worldwide.

    • While Dogecoin is a cryptocurrency like bitcoin, it isn't worth nearly as much and is not accepted on as many commercial sites. Guest • Nov 2018 • 6 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • NameCoin

    Namecoin is a distributed domain name system based on the Bitcoin technology. Namecoin extends Bitcoin to add transactions for registering, updating and transferring domain names. Namecoin provides an alternative to the existing domain name system (DNS), in which names can be taken from their owners by groups that control the DNS servers. Unlike the current DNS, Namecoin avoids central authorities and issuers.

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  • Duniter

    What is Duniter ? It is a network of resilient communities based on trusted human certifications. Any member of a community is co-creator of the universal dividend without doing anything, just for being a human of a community. This is where money comes from: every member regularly receives a Universal Dividend ( i.e. monetary Basic Income) coming from new money directly issued by members and to members.

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  • DASH

    DASH is an open source peer-to-peer cryptocurrency that uses a system called Darksend to add privacy to transactions. It allows you keep your finances private as you make transactions, similar to cash. PRIVATE Keep your payments private so nobody can track you, your transactions and balances are nobody’s business. With DASH’s ahead of time anonymization only you have access to your financial information.

    • Dash is the fastest, cheapest, most decentralized, and most secure POW cryptocurrency. It's the only coin that can truly function as digital cash. Guest • Jun 2019 • 1 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • NXT

    Nxt is a fast and energy-efficient cryptocurrency based on the Proof-of-Stake concept, suitable for online payments and decentralized assets. Nextcoin and Nxtcoin are features of Nxt.

    • Green through POS algo among others Guest • Jan 2020 Disagree   Agree

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  • Ripple

    Ripple is a monetary system that makes simple obligations between friends as useful for making payments as regular money. Normally, if your friend Alice owed you $10, she would have to pay you back before you could make any use of that debt. If you were creative, however, you might be able to pass the debt on to someone else who knew and trusted Alice, in exchange for something you wanted.

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