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# Bitcoin

# Getting Started

What is Bitcoin? Why is it unique? How does it work? Why should you care?

# First Steps:

# How it Works:

# The Whitepaper:

# Why It's Hard to Understand:

# Why Bitcoin Matters:

# Setting up a Wallet

There are dozens of wallets to choose from when it comes to securing your private keys. Hardware, software, metal, paper, each with their own trade-offs. Remember: if you aren't holding your own private keys, you don't actually own BTC - you only own an IOU!

# Wallet Basics:

  • Do not use wallets that don't give you recovery data; these wallets are likely controlling your keys.
  • Do not use paper wallets unless you're an advanced user who understands all the risks.
  • Do not store large amounts of value in single signature wallets.
  • Make sure your heirs know how to recover your wallets without you!

Note that it is NOT recommended that novices use the Bitcoin Core wallet. If you want to use a wallet backed by a fully validating node you run, read Securing Your Financial Sovereignty.

# Wallet Comparisons:

# Wallet Recovery:

# Running a Node

Holding your own keys ensures you can't lose money due to mistakes made by other people. Running a full node ensures no one can trick you into accepting invalid payments. Running and using your own node gives you the strongest security model available.

# Running a Node:

# Full Node Software:

# Plug & Play Node Hardware:

# The History of Bitcoin

Bitcoin didn't appear out of thin air - it is the result of decades of work. Many digital currency projects failed before it succeeded. Understanding how we got here will help you understand where we're going.

# The History of Bitcoin:

# Books:

# News Sites

It is hard to find trustworthy reporting in the crypto space. Many "news" sites are pay-to-play or have incentives to favor certain projects. My recommended sites feature quality content and don't publish press releases as news.

# News Sites:

# Discussion Forums

Bitcoin is an open collaborative project. As such, public discussion of current events and improvement proposals is crucial to its healthy evolution.

# Network Statistics

There are a plethora of metrics available about different aspects of the network. They can help us track its adoption and use.

# Blockchain Statistics:

# Node Statistics:

# Miscellaneous Metrics:

# Transaction Fee Estimates

Miners maximize their profits by confirming transactions with the highest processing fees. Since the demand for transactions fluctuates it can be hard to know the appropriate fee. A variety of fee estimation services are available to help users navigate the fee market.

# Block Explorers

The blockchain is a public ledger of every transaction that has ever happened. Explorers provide us with a view of this history, enabling us to follow the flow of money. You can also drill down into specific addresses and transactions.

# Block Explorers:

# Open Source Block Explorers:

# Search Engines:

# Visualizations

Visual representations of the data on the blockchain can simplify analysis of trends. Plus, some of them are entertaining to watch!

# Realtime Transactions:

# Other Visualizations:

# Mining

Mining is an important aspect of Bitcoin's security. Miners timestamp batches of transactions and make it expensive to roll back history. The time, skills, and investment required to mine profitably place it out of reach for most hobbyists. Stay away from cloud mining - it's often a scam, or more expensive than directly buying BTC!

# Mining Info:

# Mining Guides:

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# Other Perspectives:

# Data Anchoring

The blockchain is useful for more than simple transfers of BTC between peers. It can also create immutable timestamped records of small amounts of data. This enables other protocols and applications to make use of Bitcoin's security properties.

# Deep Dive Technical Resources

If you want to understand low level details of the protocol, this documentation will get you up to speed. These resources are useful for developers who want to build robust applications on top of the blockchain.

# Technical Resources:

# Technical Books:

# Academic Research:

# Contributing to Bitcoin Core:

# Developer Tools

There are many open source tools available to help developers save time. There's no need to re-invent the wheel!

# Developer Tools:

# Programming Libraries:

# Security

Managing private keys to "be your own bank" is no small task. It can involve complex processes if you want thorough protection against many threats. There's also a balance against making it so complex that you lose access to your own keys - keep it as simple as possible!

# General Security:

# Security Guides:

# Cold Storage Guides:

# Privacy

Contrary to popular belief, cryptocurrency is not anonymous. There are many ways you might leak information that can be used to identify your activity on the network. Understanding the risks can help you mitigate them with software and best practices.

# Privacy Guides:

# Privacy Software:

# Online & Offline Classes➣

Check these out if you learn well from structured lectures and challenges. The online courses are free or low cost while the offline ones are faster paced with more feedback.

# Non-technical Online Classes:

# Technical Online Classes:

# Technical Offline Classes:

# Documentaries

Bitcoin is not just a technology - it's helping people all around the world. You can learn about the impact it's making from a variety of documentaries.

# Video Presentations

Conferences, meetups, and individuals discuss every aspect of this multifaceted ecosystem. As a result, thousands of hours of educational content are available for free.

# Presentation Compilations:

# Conference Presentations:

# Meetup Presentations:

# Podcasts

A great way to keep up with current events. Quality podcasts provide high signal / low noise digestible information.

# Audio Podcasts:

# YouTube Channels:

# Blogs

Long-form thought pieces go into far greater detail than you'll find via other mediums. Quality blog posts expand our understanding via theses and analysis.

# Technical:

# Less Technical:

# Books

These works go into great detail about the system or ideas that are foundational to its value and operation.

# Technical Books:

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# Bitcoin History:

# Economics & Money:

# Investment Theses

Financial systems are complex and there are a variety of use cases for this system. As a result there are a variety of perspectives for why investing in BTC may be a prudent decision.

# Investment Theses:

# Value Models:

# Buying & Earning BTC

If you want to use bitcoin you must first own some. You can exchange other money for BTC or you can earn it by selling goods & services. A variety of platforms are available for both buying & earning.

# Buying Bitcoins:

# Automatic Cost Averaging:

# "Sats Back" Programs:

# Privacy Preserving P2P Exchanges:

# Earning Bitcoins:

# Buying & Selling Strategies:

# Advanced Trading

WARNING: a great way to lose your money is by playing the trading game as an amateur! Don't invest more into BTC than you can afford to lose. Don't trade more BTC than you are willing to lose, either!

# Advanced Trading:

# Charts & Metrics:

# Trading Terminals:

# Trading Simulators:

# Lending Services:

# Exchange Rate Data

Cryptocurrency trades 24/7/365 on hundreds of markets around the world. Due to volatility it can be important to have reliable realtime data if you're engaging in trade with BTC.

# Exchange Data:

# Price Indexes:

# Merchant Adoption

Today innumerable merchants accept BTC in return for goods and services. Many tools are available for merchants to integrate cryptocurrency payments into their systems.

# Where to Spend Bitcoins:

# Gift Cards:

# Bitcoin Debit Cards:

# Merchant Payment Processing:

# BTCPayServer Integrations:

# Online markets:

# Tax Accounting

Volatility, regulatory complexities, and poor software can make tax accounting a nightmare. These services can ingest transaction and trade data to calculate capital gains.

# Tax Accounting Software:

# Tax Accounting Professionals:

# Careers

The investment of capital into the ecosystem grows each year. This results in more full time employment opportunities. You don't have to be a developer to contribute to this industry!

# Job Postings:

# Venture Capital:

# Charities

Censorship resistant currency enables us to send money directly to those who need it. We no longer need worry about corrupt governments or fickle middlemen intercepting funds.

# Lists of Charities & Platforms:

# Bitcoin Charities:

The regulatory landscape is in flux due to the rapid pace of technological development. Several firms and individuals focus on this sector and share their interpretation of recent events.

# Global Regulations:

# Economics

Permissionless protocols enable anyone to program their own economic rules. We can now experiment with economic theories at an unprecedented pace.

# Governance

Bitcoin's governance is often misunderstood because it's informal. It's further confusing to newcomers because it's inverted in comparison to traditional governance. No one can dictate the system's governance, but we can describe it from observation.

# Forks

Because no one controls Bitcoin, no one can stop people from creating modified versions of it. But it's hard to overcome the network effect and convince users to switch to a new protocol.

# Other Resources

This site attempts to list every quality educational resource. Even so, you may find other resources compiled by the maintainers of these other lists.

# Bitcoin Resources:

# Blockchain & Crypto Resources: