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What is a satoshi? (sat)
A satoshi (sat) is the smallest monetary unit of the bitcoin cryptocurrency (BTC).
Satoshis are named after Bitcoin’s pseudonymous creator(s), Satoshi Nakamoto, who published the Bitcoin white paper in 2008.
Similar to how one US dollar consists of multiple cents, one bitcoin is made up of multiple sats. Each bitcoin in circulation is divisible up to eight decimal places.
This means that:
1 satoshi = 0.00000001 bitcoin
1 bitcoin = 100,000,000 satoshis
As BTC has grown in popularity over the years, so too has the bitcoin price. Thankfully, Nakamoto was prepared for this. They included satoshi units so that people could still purchase small amounts of bitcoin no matter how high its price rose.
Many in the cryptocurrency community use sats when discussing or transacting small amounts of bitcoin. After all, many feel it is easier to say 5,000 sats than 0.00005 BTC.
Check out this conversion table below to see the conversion between sats and BTC.
Use the satoshi to USD converter tool above to calculate how many satoshis are in your USD balance, or how much USD your satoshis are worth. You can also calculate satoshi to BTC using our converter tool.
Other bitcoin denominations:
While satoshi is the more popular subunit of bitcoin today, other denominations exist:
- Deci-bitcoin (dBTC) - equivalent to 0.1 BTC
- Centi-bitcoin (cBTC) - equivalent to 0.01 BTC
- Milli-bitcoin (mBTC) - equivalent to 0.001 BTC
- Micro-bitcoin (μBTC) - equivalent to 0.000001 BTC
Useful Satoshi Resources
Looking to learn more about the Bitcoin blockchain? Check out our Learn Center guide on What is Bitcoin? (BTC) for a deeper dive.
You can also learn to send satoshis around the world at near-instant speed with our Kraken Learn Center article, What is the Lightning Network?
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Why use satoshis?
Bitcoin was originally created to be a “peer-to-peer electronic cash system,” meaning anyone could use it as a medium of exchange to pay for goods and services.
Today, individuals all around the world use satoshis to transact and store value in a decentralized way.
Here are some of the ways you can use satoshis:
Microtransactions: Satoshis allow people to transact very small values of bitcoin. From gifting small amounts of bitcoin to friends and tipping online content creators to buying cups of coffee using bitcoin, satoshis make it easier to use bitcoin for everyday payments.
Price precision: As the value of bitcoin increases, the price of goods and services denominated in BTC may require several decimal places. For many people, dealing with so many decimal points can become inefficient and confusing. Satoshis provide a more convenient way to express smaller values of bitcoin without dealing with numerous decimal places.
Psychological barrier: Some people may look at the price of Bitcoin today and incorrectly think “I Can’t Buy Bitcoin Because I Can’t Afford One.” Satoshis offer a more user-friendly approach for new crypto market participants. They are also a great reminder that you do not need to buy a whole bitcoin in order to participate in the cryptocurrency economy.
Educational purposes: When explaining the concept of Bitcoin or other types of cryptocurrency, using satoshis can be helpful for illustrating how each bitcoin can be divided into smaller units. Satoshis can be an easier way to understand the concepts of divisibility and scarcity in the Bitcoin system.
Gamification and rewards: Some applications and websites use satoshis for gamification purposes, rewarding users with small amounts of bitcoin in the form of satoshis for completing certain tasks or activities.
Testing and development: Developers and testers may use satoshis in their applications to test transactions and various functionalities without dealing with significant amounts of actual bitcoin.
Dollar cost averaging: For those looking to accumulate small amounts of bitcoin on a regular basis over time, rather than making one large purchase of bitcoin all at once, dollar cost averaging into satoshis may be the best approach.