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: 10/15/2019 9:15:00 PM

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 • 7 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 0 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.

    • -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 • 2 agrees and 18 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 • 1 agrees and 1 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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  • 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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  • 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 Disagree   Agree

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  • Golem

    The Golem Project creates the first global market for idle computer power. Golem is a global, open sourced, decentralized supercomputer that anyone can access. It's made up of the combined power of user's machines, from personal laptops to entire datacenters. Anyone will be able to use Golem to compute (almost) any program you can think of, from rendering to research to running websites, in a completely decentralized & inexpensive way.

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  • Peercoin

    Peercoin is a P2P digital currency and payment system optimized for security and energy-efficiency.

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  • FairCoin

    FairCoin is a fairly distributed crypto currency. 99.99% Proof-Of-Stake, rewarding savers. All the coins were premined and fairly distributed to thousands from all over the world. Backed by a strong, diverse and committed community. Promotes prosperity and financial freedom with real value. Working to become the coin of fair trade.

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  • Stellar

    Stellar is a decentralized protocol for sending and receiving money in any pair of currencies. This means users can, for example, send a transaction from their Yen balance and have it arrive in Euros, Yen, or even bitcoin. We’re expecting to support the usual categories of transactions: payments to a merchant, remittances back home, or rent splits with a roommate.

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  • Zcoin

    Zcoin strives to increase individual liberty. By guaranteeing financial privacy, Zcoin can help ensure freedom of commerce. People should be able to transact however they want, as long as it does not infringe on the well-being or individual liberty of others. We are also big believers that freedom of commerce also facilitates peace and prosperity across countries and cultures. By guaranteeing financial privacy, Zcoin can directly guarantee fungibility, an essential property for free commerce.

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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.

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  • Stellite

    Stellite uses decentralized node lists through the use of IPFS and ZeroNet. This unique development is a first in the industry. The CryptoNight algorithm is used in order to allow an average person to mine with their own computer and to retain the highest level of privacy currently possible. Stellite is the first cryptocurrency to introduce true native mobile mining without the involvement of simulations, which will further decentralize the blockchain.

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  • decRED

    Decred uses a hybridized consensus system to strike a balance between miners* and users to create a more robust currency. Typically, the miners who operate the infrastructure wield considerable influence while the users have relatively little sway. Decred allows users to participate in the project directly without the need for expensive mining hardware.

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  • Anoncoin

    Created in June 2013, it was the first coin that provided built-in support for the I2P darknet that makes it impossible to determine the IP address of the user. Anoncoin also has built in support of Tor, which can help conceal your location and keep your internet traffic private.

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  • IOTA

    IOTA is an open-source distributed cryptocurrency focused on providing secure communications and payments between machines on the Internet of Things. Using directed acyclic graph (DAG) technology instead of the traditional blockchain, IOTA's transactions are free regardless of the size of the transaction, confirmation times are fast, the number of transactions the system can handle simultaneously is unlimited, and the system can easily scale.

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  • Cardano

    Cardano is a decentralised public blockchain and cryptocurrency project and is fully open source. Cardano is developing a smart contract platform which seeks to deliver more advanced features than any protocol previously developed. It is the first blockchain platform to evolve out of a scientific philosophy and a research-first driven approach. The development team consists of a large global collective of expert engineers and researchers

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  • Tron (TRX)

    TRON is an ambitious project dedicated to building the infrastructure for a truly decentralized Internet. The TRON Protocol, one of the largest blockchain based operating systems in the world, offers scalable, high-availability and high-throughput support that underlies all the decentralized applications in the TRON ecosystem.

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  • Lisk

    Lisk is a cryptocurrency that offers a next generation platform that allows for the development and distribution of JavaScript based blockchain applications. Lisk provides an easy to use interface and access full featured ecosystem. Through Lisk, developers can build, publish, distribute, and monetize their applications within a cryptocurrency powered system that allows for the use of customized blockchains, smart contracts, cloud storage, and computing nodes.

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  • BTT

    BitTorrent aims to tokenize the decentralized file-sharing protocol with their cryptocurrency asset launched early in 2019. BTT represents a TRC-10 utility token based on the TRON blockchain that could allow content creators to connect with their audience, earn and spend digital currency without a middleman. According to their website, BitTorrent (BTT) tokens can be bid in exchange for faster downloads or stored in a wallet built into the BitTorrent client.

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  • FileCoin

    Earn Filecoin for hosting files Put your unused storage to work by becoming a Filecoin miner. Use the Filecoin mining software to get paid for fulfilling storage requests on the Filecoin market. Exchange Filecoin for USD, BTC, ETH and more The Filecoin currency will be traded on a number of exchanges and supported by multiple cryptocurrency wallets, allowing you to easily exchange Filecoin for other currencies like US Dollars, Bitcoin, and Ether.

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