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Cryptocurrencies:  7,500Markets:  31,612Market Cap:  $393,708,002,89624h Vol:  $80,190,195,809BTC Dominance:  61.0%
Market Cap:  $393,708,002,89624h Vol:  $80,190,195,809BTC Dominance:  61.0%Cryptocurrencies:  7,500Markets:  31,612
Bitcoin

Bitcoin (BTC)

$12,976.30 USD (0.15%)
1.00000000 BTC (0.00%)
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  • Market Cap
    $240,401,972,882 USD
    18,526,231 BTC
  • Volume (24h)
    $26,953,971,671 USD
    2,077,169 BTC
  • Circulating Supply
    18,526,231 BTC
  • Max Supply
    21,000,000 BTC
  • Historical data for Bitcoin

    Currency in USD
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    DateOpen*HighLowClose**VolumeMarket Cap
    Date
    DateOpen*HighLowClose**VolumeMarket Cap
    Jan 03, 2018
    14,978.20
    15,572.80
    14,844.50
    15,201.00
    16,871,900,160
    255,080,562,912
    Jan 02, 2018
    13,625.00
    15,444.60
    13,163.60
    14,982.10
    16,846,600,192
    251,377,913,955
    Jan 01, 2018
    14,112.20
    14,112.20
    13,154.70
    13,657.20
    10,291,200,000
    229,119,155,396
    Dec 31, 2017
    12,897.70
    14,377.40
    12,755.60
    14,156.40
    12,136,299,520
    237,465,823,980
    Dec 30, 2017
    14,681.90
    14,681.90
    12,350.10
    12,952.20
    14,452,599,808
    217,239,803,085
    Dec 29, 2017
    14,695.80
    15,279.00
    14,307.00
    14,656.20
    13,025,500,160
    245,793,634,125
    Dec 28, 2017
    15,864.10
    15,888.40
    13,937.30
    14,606.50
    12,336,499,712
    244,929,825,575
    Dec 27, 2017
    16,163.50
    16,930.90
    15,114.30
    15,838.50
    12,487,600,128
    265,559,172,050
    Dec 26, 2017
    14,036.60
    16,461.20
    14,028.90
    16,099.80
    13,454,300,160
    269,908,107,763
    Dec 25, 2017
    13,995.90
    14,593.00
    13,448.90
    14,026.60
    10,664,699,904
    235,126,843,805
    Dec 24, 2017
    14,608.20
    14,626.00
    12,747.70
    13,925.80
    11,572,299,776
    233,414,163,395
    Dec 23, 2017
    13,948.70
    15,603.20
    13,828.80
    14,699.20
    13,086,000,128
    246,349,213,910
    Dec 22, 2017
    15,898.00
    15,943.40
    11,833.00
    13,831.80
    22,197,999,616
    231,788,283,457
    Dec 21, 2017
    16,642.40
    17,567.70
    15,342.70
    15,802.90
    16,516,599,808
    264,788,651,530
    Dec 20, 2017
    17,760.30
    17,934.70
    16,077.70
    16,624.60
    22,149,699,584
    278,528,964,015
    Dec 19, 2017
    19,118.30
    19,177.80
    17,275.40
    17,776.70
    16,894,499,840
    297,801,055,828
    Dec 18, 2017
    19,106.40
    19,371.00
    18,355.90
    19,114.20
    14,839,499,776
    320,174,318,520
    Dec 17, 2017
    19,475.80
    20,089.00
    18,974.10
    19,140.80
    13,314,599,936
    320,576,568,850
    Dec 16, 2017
    17,760.30
    19,716.70
    17,515.30
    19,497.40
    12,740,599,808
    326,502,485,530
    Dec 15, 2017
    16,601.30
    18,154.10
    16,601.30
    17,706.90
    14,309,999,616
    296,482,120,238
    Dec 14, 2017
    16,384.60
    17,085.80
    16,185.90
    16,564.00
    13,777,399,808
    277,310,347,000
    Dec 13, 2017
    17,500.00
    17,653.10
    16,039.70
    16,408.20
    12,976,900,096
    274,663,619,978
    Dec 12, 2017
    16,919.80
    17,781.80
    16,571.60
    17,415.40
    14,603,799,552
    291,483,935,710
    Dec 11, 2017
    15,427.40
    17,513.90
    15,404.80
    16,936.80
    12,153,900,032
    283,439,888,520
    Dec 10, 2017
    15,168.40
    15,850.60
    13,226.60
    15,455.40
    13,433,299,968
    258,615,393,665
    Dec 09, 2017
    16,523.30
    16,783.00
    13,674.90
    15,178.20
    13,911,300,096
    253,946,084,745
    Dec 08, 2017
    17,802.90
    18,353.40
    14,336.90
    16,569.40
    21,135,998,976
    277,185,764,485
    Dec 07, 2017
    14,266.10
    17,899.70
    14,057.30
    17,899.70
    17,950,699,520
    299,405,364,249
    Dec 06, 2017
    11,923.40
    14,369.10
    11,923.40
    14,291.50
    12,656,300,032
    239,024,437,136
    Dec 05, 2017
    11,685.70
    12,032.00
    11,604.60
    11,916.70
    6,895,260,160
    199,278,350,420
    Dec 04, 2017
    11,315.40
    11,657.20
    11,081.80
    11,657.20
    6,132,409,856
    194,912,755,450
    Dec 03, 2017
    11,082.70
    11,858.70
    10,862.00
    11,323.20
    6,608,309,760
    189,302,389,920

About Bitcoin

Bitcoin price today is $12,976.30 USD with a 24-hour trading volume of $26,953,971,671 USD. Bitcoin is up 0.15% in the last 24 hours. The current CoinMarketCap ranking is #1, with a market cap of $240,401,972,882 USD. It has a circulating supply of 18,526,231 BTC coins and a max. supply of 21,000,000 BTC coins. You can find the top exchanges to trade Bitcoin listed on our crypto exchanges page.

What Is Bitcoin (BTC)?

Bitcoin is a decentralized cryptocurrency originally described in a 2008 whitepaper by a person, or group of people, using the alias Satoshi Nakamoto. It was launched soon after, in January 2009.

Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer online currency, meaning that all transactions happen directly between equal, independent network participants, without the need for any intermediary to permit or facilitate them. Bitcoin was created, according to Nakamoto’s own words, to allow “online payments to be sent directly from one party to another without going through a financial institution.”

Some concepts for a similar type of a decentralized electronic currency precede BTC, but Bitcoin holds the distinction of being the first-ever cryptocurrency to come into actual use.

Who Are the Founders of Bitcoin?

Bitcoin’s original inventor is known under a pseudonym, Satoshi Nakamoto. As of 2020, the true identity of the person — or organization — that is behind the alias remains unknown.

On October 31, 2008, Nakamoto published Bitcoin’s whitepaper, which described in detail how a peer-to-peer, online currency could be implemented. They proposed to use a decentralized ledger of transactions packaged in batches (called “blocks”) and secured by cryptographic algorithms — the whole system would later be dubbed “blockchain.”

Just two months later, on January 3, 2009, Nakamoto mined the first block on the Bitcoin network, known as the genesis block, thus launching the world’s first cryptocurrency.

However, while Nakamoto was the original inventor of Bitcoin, as well as the author of its very first implementation, over the years a large number of people have contributed to improving the cryptocurrency’s software by patching vulnerabilities and adding new features.

Bitcoin’s source code repository on GitHub lists more than 750 contributors, with some of the key ones being Wladimir J. van der Laan, Marco Falke, Pieter Wuille, Gavin Andresen, Jonas Schnelli and others.

What Makes Bitcoin Unique?

Bitcoin’s most unique advantage comes from the fact that it was the very first cryptocurrency to appear on the market.

It has managed to create a global community and give birth to an entirely new industry of millions of enthusiasts who create, invest in, trade and use Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in their everyday lives. The emergence of the first cryptocurrency has created a conceptual and technological basis that subsequently inspired the development of thousands of competing projects.

The entire cryptocurrency market — now worth more than $300 billion — is based on the idea realized by Bitcoin: money that can be sent and received by anyone, anywhere in the world without reliance on trusted intermediaries, such as banks and financial services companies.

Thanks to its pioneering nature, BTC remains at the top of this energetic market after over a decade of existence. Even after Bitcoin has lost its undisputed dominance, it remains the largest cryptocurrency, with a market capitalization that fluctuated between $100-$200 billion in 2020, owing in large part to the ubiquitousness of platforms that provide use-cases for BTC: wallets, exchanges, payment services, online games and more.

Looking for market and blockchain data for BTC? Visit our block explorer.

Want to buy Bitcoin? Use CoinMarketCap’s guide.

How Much Bitcoin Is in Circulation?

Bitcoin’s total supply is limited by its software and will never exceed 21,000,000 coins. New coins are created during the process known as “mining”: as transactions are relayed across the network, they get picked up by miners and packaged into blocks, which are in turn protected by complex cryptographic calculations.

As compensation for spending their computational resources, the miners receive rewards for every block that they successfully add to the blockchain. At the moment of Bitcoin’s launch, the reward was 50 bitcoins per block: this number gets halved with every 210,000 new blocks mined — which takes the network roughly four years. As of 2020, the block reward has been halved three times and comprises 6.25 bitcoins.

Bitcoin has not been premined, meaning that no coins have been mined and/or distributed between the founders before it became available to the public. However, during the first few years of BTC’s existence, the competition between miners was relatively low, allowing the earliest network participants to accumulate significant amounts of coins via regular mining: Satoshi Nakamoto alone is believed to own over a million Bitcoin.

How Is the Bitcoin Network Secured?

Bitcoin is secured with the SHA-256 algorithm, which belongs to the SHA-2 family of hashing algorithms, which is also used by its fork Bitcoin Cash (BCH), as well as several other cryptocurrencies.

Where Can You Buy [Bitcoin] ([BTC])?

Bitcoin is, in many regards, almost synonymous with cryptocurrency, which means that you can buy or sell it on virtually every crypto exchange — both for fiat money and other cryptocurrencies. Some of the main markets where BTC trading is available are:

If you are new to crypto, use CoinMarketCap’s own easy guide to buying Bitcoin.

Bitcoin Price

Bitcoin Price$12,976.30 USD
Bitcoin ROI
> 9000%
Market Rank#1
Market Cap$240,401,972,882 USD
24 Hour Volume$26,953,971,671 USD
Circulating Supply18,526,231 BTC
Total Supply18,526,231 BTC
Max Supply21,000,000 BTC
All Time High
$20,089.00 USD
(Dec 17, 2017)
All Time Low
$65.53 USD
(Jul 05, 2013)
52 Week High / Low
$13,329.18 USD /
$4,106.98 USD
90 Day High / Low
$13,329.18 USD /
$10,528.89 USD
30 Day High / Low
$13,329.18 USD /
$10,528.89 USD
7 Day High / Low
$13,329.18 USD /
$11,408.29 USD
24 Hour High / Low
$13,329.18 USD /
$12,913.45 USD
Yesterday's High / Low
$13,145.07 USD /
$12,885.75 USD
Yesterday's Open / Close
$12,931.57 USD /
$13,108.06 USD
Yesterday's Change$176.49 USD (1.36%)
Yesterday's Volume$24,542,317,940 USD
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