Bitcoin is decentralized digital currency that enables instant payments to anyone, anywhere in the world. Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority: managing transactions and issuing money are carried out collectively by the network. The original Bitcoin software by Satoshi Nakamoto was released under the MIT license. Most client software, derived or "from scratch", also use open source licensing.
Ethereum or Ether is a cryptocurrency designed to pay for the computational purposes of the Ethereum network. The name of the coin comes from the name of the platform intended to allow a network of peers to administer their own stateful user-created smart contracts in the absence of central authority.
Ripple is a digital currency of Ripple payment network created to support fast and secure financial transactions worldwide. This currency is present uniquely within the system and cannot be mined. It helps avoid counterparty risk and serves as the network’s native asset.
Litecoin is a peer-to-peer Internet currency that enables instant payments to anyone in the world. It is based on the Bitcoin protocol but differs from Bitcoin in that it can be efficiently mined with consumer-grade hardware. Litecoin provides faster transaction confirmations (2.5 minutes on average) and uses a memory-hard, scrypt-based mining proof-of-work algorithm to target the regular computers with GPUs most people already have. The Litecoin network is scheduled to produce 84 million currency units. One of the aims of Litecoin was to provide a mining algorithm that could run at the same time, on the same hardware used to mine Bitcoins. With the rise of specialized ASICs for Bitcoin, Litecoin continues to satisfy these goals. It is unlikely for ASIC mining to be developed for Litecoin until the currency becomes more widely used.
Bitcoin Cash is a Bitcoin fork that spontaneously came from the Bitcoin hard fork. The currency represents a more scalable replicated blockchain of original Bitcoin with blocks increased up to 8 megabytes.
Bytecoin is a first CryptoNote-based cryptocurrency. A CPU-mined coin, it's primary advantages are extraordinary transaction untraceability and unlinkability features. BCN is stated to be much more anonymous than Bitcoin and all its existing forks. The developers claim a person’s right to privacy is their primary concern and strictly observe their own privacy.
BCN is based on CryptoNote, an open-source technology for anonymous cryptocurrencies. It utilizes ring signature and one-time addresses for completely anonymous payments. CryptoNote is designed in a way, which makes block chain analysis impossible. CryptoNote is focused on CPU-mining in order to make the special purposes devices useless.
Monero is a new coin using the CryptoNote protocol. It's based on Bytecoin, which was coded from scratch and is not a descendent of Bitcoin. XMR was launched on April 18, 2014.
Waves it's an open blockchain platform that enables custom token creation with the aim of linking distributed ledger technology with the traditional financial sector. Waves allows financial institutions and other companies to create fiat-backed tokens, maintaining compliance according to their own jurisdiction.
Dogecoin is a cryptocurrency featuring a likeness of the Shiba Inu dog from the "Doge" Internet meme as its logo. Started as a "joke currency" in late 2013, Dogecoin quickly developed its own online community and reached reasonable capitalization nowadays.
Dash is a cryptocurrency previously known as Darkcoin or XCoin. It uses a coin-mixing service called Darksend that prevents transactions from being traced and adds privacy to the network. Quick confirmation makes Dash payments an effective way to send money worldwide. Two-Tier network opens new possibilities to integrate various services unavailable for other currencies.
The developers of Nxt deem it a second-generation cryptocurrency dramatically different from Bitcoin and all the altcoins. It is written from scratch, based on PoS mechanism and can be considered an eco-friendly coin as it does not require great amounts of hashing power. Its efficient feature "Transparent Forging" minimizes the transaction time as it determines which server node will generate the next block, so the transaction is sent straight to this node.
Ethereum Classic is a new cryptocurrency based on the original Ethereum blockchain before it was hardforked. ETC is based on the same principles as ETH, except its blockchain contains the hacked blocks being bailed out from the Ethereum replicated one.
Expanse is a driven by the DAO community smart contract platform, providing tools and services to create intuitive decentralized applications (DAPPs). The platform allows to integrate blockchain technologies and spread decentralized information to different fields. Expanse is powered by EXP, a democratic controlled cryptocurrency.
Steem is the first Reddit-like social media platform based on blockchain technologies. Each worthy content, instead of likes, is rewarded by STEEM, a crypto that fuels the platform. STEEM may also be mined through the p2p network.
Stratis is a flexible and powerful Blockchain Development Platform designed for the needs of real-world financial services businesses.
NAV Coin is a X13 POS cryptocurrency. Anonymous Technology using Subchains and Community's Foundation
PotCoin is a unique blockchain technology providing settlement solutions for 3000 dispensaries in USA and Canada related to marijuana purchasing and legalization. The PotCoin network uses high cryptographic security and multisig transactions for quite low network fees.
Decred is a Bitcoin based cryptocurrency. Using a combined PoW/PoS consensus system, Decred repesents a more stable and robust cryptocurrency that doesn't require expensive mining hardware. Decred coins (DCR) are stored in special lite wallets that could serve as a mining tool as well.
Qtum (Quantum) is a Turing-complete blockchain stack to execute decentralized applications and smart contracts. Unlike Ethereum, Qtum is built upon the Bitcoin transaction model and utilized a PoS consensus. The project is fueled by QTUM tokens.
NEO, previously known as Antshares, is a Chinese smart contract open-source platform designed for seamless integration of traditional economy with blockchain technologies. NEO provides digital asset management, including registration, transferring and trading with full legal protection.
Verge is an anonymous open-sourced cryptocurrency focused privacy built on the original Bitcoin blockchain. The currency utilizes multiple anonymity-centric networks including Tor and I2P and provides a range of wallets and tools for mass adoption. Verge serves for daily purposes and enables individuals and companies to make private direct transactions.
Digibyte is a public, secure cryptocurrency platform with the fastest UTXO (unspent transaction output) blockchain with 15 second blocks with SegWit onboard. The platform provides ultimate solutions in automation and data analisys for digital payments and decentralized applications.