Bitcoin and cryptocurrency for beginners

Master the basics with Kraken's Crypto Guides, where we take an in-depth look at some of the top projects in the space so you can be informed before you invest.

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Bitcoin is an open-source software that since 2009 has enabled the exchange of an entirely new form of money (BTC) over the internet.


One of the most ambitious cryptocurrencies to date, Ethereum was launched in 2014 to decentralize products and services in a broader array of use cases beyond money.


XRP is a cryptocurrency that aims to complement traditional payments, migrating transactions that occur today between databases controlled by financial firms to a more open infrastructure.

Bitcoin Cash

Launched in 2017, Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is a newer cryptocurrency that intends to offer an alternative to the world’s oldest and most widely traded cryptocurrency, Bitcoin (BTC).


Litecoin (LTC) is one of the very first projects to copy and modify Bitcoin’s code and use it to launch a new cryptocurrency.


The cryptocurrency that powers the EOSIO blockchain, buying EOS is essential for developers who must buy and stake EOS to launch decentralized applications (dapps).

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Nano is a decentralized network and cryptocurrency that seeks to provide instantaneous and ultra-low cost, peer-to-peer transactions.


Lisk’s goal is to bring crypto assets that could power new kinds of internet applications. It bring about this future by helping today’s developers more easily code decentralized applications (dapps) on its blockchain.


Algorand differentiates its technology through design choices that make it easier for users to help operate the network and be awarded the new ALGO cryptocurrency it creates.


Users of the Tron blockchain can build and power their own decentralized applications.