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Cryptocurrencies:  7,471Markets:  31,725Market Cap:  $373,719,954,48424h Vol:  $102,043,852,911BTC Dominance:  60.6%
Market Cap:  $373,719,954,48424h Vol:  $102,043,852,911BTC Dominance:  60.6%Cryptocurrencies:  7,471Markets:  31,725
Bitcoin

Bitcoin (BTC)

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  • Market Cap
    $226,353,202,711 USD
    18,522,937 BTC
  • Volume (24h)
    $36,918,015,143 USD
    3,021,075 BTC
  • Circulating Supply
    18,522,937 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
    Mar 01, 2020
    8,599.76
    8,726.80
    8,471.21
    8,562.45
    35,349,164,300
    156,238,987,740
    Feb 29, 2020
    8,671.21
    8,775.63
    8,599.51
    8,599.51
    35,792,392,544
    156,895,988,084
    Feb 28, 2020
    8,788.73
    8,890.46
    8,492.93
    8,672.46
    44,605,450,443
    158,211,707,019
    Feb 27, 2020
    8,825.09
    8,932.89
    8,577.20
    8,784.49
    45,470,195,695
    160,238,496,932
    Feb 26, 2020
    9,338.29
    9,354.78
    8,704.43
    8,820.52
    50,420,050,762
    160,879,489,024
    Feb 25, 2020
    9,651.31
    9,652.74
    9,305.02
    9,341.71
    42,515,259,129
    170,369,581,558
    Feb 24, 2020
    9,921.58
    9,951.75
    9,537.04
    9,650.17
    45,080,496,648
    175,977,808,526
    Feb 23, 2020
    9,663.32
    9,937.40
    9,657.79
    9,924.52
    41,185,185,761
    180,963,233,540
    Feb 22, 2020
    9,687.71
    9,698.23
    9,600.73
    9,663.18
    35,838,025,154
    176,180,696,548
    Feb 21, 2020
    9,611.78
    9,723.01
    9,589.74
    9,686.44
    40,930,547,513
    176,587,087,363
    Feb 20, 2020
    9,629.33
    9,643.22
    9,507.90
    9,608.48
    44,925,260,237
    175,147,142,158
    Feb 19, 2020
    10,143.80
    10,191.68
    9,611.22
    9,633.39
    46,992,019,710
    175,585,931,679
    Feb 18, 2020
    9,691.23
    10,161.94
    9,632.38
    10,142.00
    47,271,023,953
    184,838,512,656
    Feb 17, 2020
    9,936.56
    9,938.82
    9,507.64
    9,690.14
    45,998,298,413
    176,585,280,987
    Feb 16, 2020
    9,889.18
    10,053.97
    9,722.39
    9,934.43
    43,374,780,305
    181,017,665,264
    Feb 15, 2020
    10,313.86
    10,341.56
    9,874.43
    9,889.42
    43,865,054,831
    180,179,996,219
    Feb 14, 2020
    10,211.55
    10,322.00
    10,125.53
    10,312.12
    43,338,264,162
    187,862,645,449
    Feb 13, 2020
    10,323.96
    10,457.63
    10,116.16
    10,214.38
    49,356,071,373
    186,065,003,526
    Feb 12, 2020
    10,202.39
    10,393.61
    10,202.39
    10,326.05
    43,444,303,830
    188,081,204,386
    Feb 11, 2020
    9,855.89
    10,210.05
    9,729.33
    10,208.24
    37,648,059,389
    185,917,114,989
    Feb 10, 2020
    10,115.56
    10,165.77
    9,784.56
    9,856.61
    39,386,548,075
    179,494,809,266
    Feb 09, 2020
    9,863.89
    10,129.44
    9,850.39
    10,116.67
    35,807,884,663
    184,214,765,394
    Feb 08, 2020
    9,793.07
    9,876.75
    9,678.91
    9,865.12
    35,172,043,762
    179,615,828,322
    Feb 07, 2020
    9,726.00
    9,834.72
    9,726.00
    9,795.94
    34,522,718,159
    178,339,437,206
    Feb 06, 2020
    9,617.82
    9,824.62
    9,539.82
    9,729.80
    37,628,823,716
    177,118,274,394
    Feb 05, 2020
    9,183.42
    9,701.30
    9,163.70
    9,613.42
    35,222,060,874
    174,983,423,933
    Feb 04, 2020
    9,292.84
    9,331.27
    9,112.81
    9,180.96
    29,893,183,716
    167,093,636,162
    Feb 03, 2020
    9,344.68
    9,540.37
    9,248.63
    9,293.52
    30,934,096,509
    169,126,861,034
    Feb 02, 2020
    9,389.82
    9,468.80
    9,217.82
    9,344.37
    30,835,736,946
    170,034,976,662
    Feb 01, 2020
    9,346.36
    9,439.32
    9,313.24
    9,392.88
    25,922,656,496
    170,900,662,180
    Jan 31, 2020
    9,508.31
    9,521.71
    9,230.78
    9,350.53
    29,432,489,719
    170,112,778,161
    Jan 30, 2020
    9,316.02
    9,553.13
    9,230.90
    9,508.99
    32,378,792,851
    172,978,577,931
    Jan 29, 2020
    9,357.47
    9,406.43
    9,269.47
    9,316.63
    30,682,598,115
    169,460,984,603
    Jan 28, 2020
    8,912.52
    9,358.59
    8,908.45
    9,358.59
    34,398,744,403
    170,205,617,955
    Jan 27, 2020
    8,597.31
    8,977.73
    8,597.31
    8,909.82
    28,647,338,393
    162,027,957,435
    Jan 26, 2020
    8,364.41
    8,602.40
    8,325.50
    8,596.83
    22,177,678,796
    156,322,174,637
    Jan 25, 2020
    8,440.12
    8,458.45
    8,296.22
    8,367.85
    19,647,331,549
    152,143,262,650
    Jan 24, 2020
    8,405.57
    8,514.67
    8,266.84
    8,445.43
    24,397,913,026
    153,536,829,768
    Jan 23, 2020
    8,680.65
    8,687.75
    8,333.64
    8,406.52
    25,770,680,779
    152,813,329,633
    Jan 22, 2020
    8,744.21
    8,792.99
    8,636.75
    8,680.88
    22,600,204,051
    157,783,273,070
    Jan 21, 2020
    8,658.99
    8,755.71
    8,544.52
    8,745.89
    24,097,418,512
    158,947,996,834
    Jan 20, 2020
    8,704.63
    8,745.59
    8,560.47
    8,657.64
    26,422,375,678
    157,327,553,259
    Jan 19, 2020
    8,941.45
    9,164.36
    8,620.08
    8,706.25
    34,217,320,471
    158,194,319,735
    Jan 18, 2020
    8,927.21
    9,012.20
    8,827.33
    8,942.81
    32,337,772,627
    162,475,965,880
    Jan 17, 2020
    8,725.21
    8,958.12
    8,677.32
    8,929.04
    36,372,139,320
    162,211,148,778
    Jan 16, 2020
    8,812.48
    8,846.46
    8,612.10
    8,723.79
    31,313,981,931
    158,465,055,984
    Jan 15, 2020
    8,825.34
    8,890.12
    8,657.19
    8,807.01
    40,102,834,650
    159,959,191,212
    Jan 14, 2020
    8,140.93
    8,879.51
    8,140.93
    8,827.76
    44,841,784,107
    160,319,484,883
    Jan 13, 2020
    8,189.77
    8,197.79
    8,079.70
    8,144.19
    22,482,910,688
    147,890,525,973
    Jan 12, 2020
    8,033.26
    8,200.06
    8,009.06
    8,192.49
    22,903,438,381
    148,752,956,966
    Jan 11, 2020
    8,162.19
    8,218.36
    8,029.64
    8,037.54
    25,521,165,085
    145,924,199,942
    Jan 10, 2020
    7,878.31
    8,166.55
    7,726.77
    8,166.55
    28,714,583,844
    148,249,907,277
    Jan 09, 2020
    8,082.30
    8,082.30
    7,842.40
    7,879.07
    24,045,990,466
    143,016,572,819
    Jan 08, 2020
    8,161.94
    8,396.74
    7,956.77
    8,079.86
    31,672,559,265
    146,645,162,431
    Jan 07, 2020
    7,768.68
    8,178.22
    7,768.23
    8,163.69
    28,767,291,327
    148,152,237,654
    Jan 06, 2020
    7,410.45
    7,781.87
    7,409.29
    7,769.22
    23,276,261,598
    140,976,457,304
    Jan 05, 2020
    7,410.45
    7,544.50
    7,400.54
    7,411.32
    19,725,074,095
    134,469,548,249
    Jan 04, 2020
    7,345.38
    7,427.39
    7,309.51
    7,410.66
    18,444,271,275
    134,442,464,030
    Jan 03, 2020
    6,984.43
    7,413.72
    6,915.00
    7,344.88
    28,111,481,032
    133,233,444,755
    Jan 02, 2020
    7,202.55
    7,212.16
    6,935.27
    6,985.47
    20,802,083,465
    126,699,395,235
    Jan 01, 2020
    7,194.89
    7,254.33
    7,174.94
    7,200.17
    18,565,664,997
    130,580,829,150
    Dec 31, 2019
    7,294.44
    7,335.29
    7,169.78
    7,193.60
    21,167,946,112
    130,446,112,598
    Dec 30, 2019
    7,420.27
    7,454.82
    7,276.31
    7,293.00
    22,874,131,672
    132,235,128,152
    Dec 29, 2019
    7,317.65
    7,513.95
    7,279.87
    7,422.65
    22,445,257,702
    134,570,835,775
    Dec 28, 2019
    7,289.03
    7,399.04
    7,286.91
    7,317.99
    21,365,673,026
    132,659,059,740
    Dec 27, 2019
    7,238.14
    7,363.53
    7,189.93
    7,290.09
    22,777,360,996
    132,139,502,950
    Dec 26, 2019
    7,274.80
    7,388.30
    7,200.39
    7,238.97
    22,787,010,034
    131,200,030,100
    Dec 25, 2019
    7,325.76
    7,357.02
    7,220.99
    7,275.16
    21,559,505,149
    131,840,641,292
    Dec 24, 2019
    7,354.39
    7,535.72
    7,269.53
    7,322.53
    22,991,622,105
    132,687,583,295
    Dec 23, 2019
    7,508.90
    7,656.18
    7,326.19
    7,355.63
    27,831,788,041
    133,275,709,111
    Dec 22, 2019
    7,191.19
    7,518.03
    7,167.18
    7,511.59
    23,134,537,956
    136,088,022,049
    Dec 21, 2019
    7,220.59
    7,223.23
    7,112.74
    7,191.16
    19,312,552,168
    130,267,655,889
    Dec 20, 2019
    7,208.64
    7,257.92
    7,086.12
    7,218.82
    22,633,815,180
    130,752,796,980
    Dec 19, 2019
    7,277.59
    7,346.60
    7,041.38
    7,202.84
    25,904,604,416
    130,445,758,713
    Dec 18, 2019
    6,647.70
    7,324.98
    6,540.05
    7,276.80
    31,836,522,778
    131,754,969,804
    Dec 17, 2019
    6,931.32
    6,964.07
    6,587.97
    6,640.52
    22,363,804,217
    120,234,244,809
    Dec 16, 2019
    7,153.66
    7,171.17
    6,903.68
    6,932.48
    20,213,265,950
    125,515,586,952
    Dec 15, 2019
    7,124.24
    7,181.08
    6,924.38
    7,152.30
    16,881,129,804
    129,481,424,648
    Dec 14, 2019
    7,268.90
    7,308.84
    7,097.21
    7,124.67
    17,137,029,730
    128,970,221,233
    Dec 13, 2019
    7,244.66
    7,293.56
    7,227.12
    7,269.68
    17,125,736,940
    131,581,377,758
    Dec 12, 2019
    7,216.74
    7,266.64
    7,164.74
    7,243.13
    18,927,080,224
    131,087,151,088
    Dec 11, 2019
    7,277.20
    7,324.16
    7,195.53
    7,217.43
    16,350,490,689
    130,609,895,528
    Dec 10, 2019
    7,397.13
    7,424.02
    7,246.04
    7,278.12
    18,249,031,195
    131,696,121,855
    Dec 09, 2019
    7,561.80
    7,618.09
    7,365.99
    7,400.90
    17,872,021,272
    133,904,005,787
    Dec 08, 2019
    7,551.34
    7,634.61
    7,476.09
    7,564.35
    15,409,908,086
    136,847,419,896
    Dec 07, 2019
    7,547.27
    7,589.95
    7,525.71
    7,556.24
    15,453,520,564
    136,686,769,529
    Dec 06, 2019
    7,450.56
    7,547.00
    7,392.18
    7,547.00
    18,104,466,307
    136,504,883,935
    Dec 05, 2019
    7,253.24
    7,743.43
    7,232.68
    7,448.31
    18,816,085,231
    134,706,455,048
    Dec 04, 2019
    7,320.13
    7,539.78
    7,170.92
    7,252.03
    21,664,240,918
    131,143,073,943
    Dec 03, 2019
    7,323.98
    7,418.86
    7,229.36
    7,320.15
    14,797,485,769
    132,359,942,301
    Dec 02, 2019
    7,424.04
    7,474.82
    7,233.40
    7,321.99
    17,082,040,706
    132,378,982,377
    Dec 01, 2019
    7,571.62
    7,571.62
    7,291.34
    7,424.29
    18,720,708,479
    134,215,145,410
    Nov 30, 2019
    7,764.06
    7,836.10
    7,515.85
    7,569.63
    17,158,194,786
    136,829,391,049
    Nov 29, 2019
    7,466.73
    7,781.18
    7,460.76
    7,761.24
    19,709,695,456
    140,280,108,521

About Bitcoin

Bitcoin price today is $12,220.16 USD with a 24-hour trading volume of $36,918,015,143 USD. Bitcoin is up 3.72% in the last 24 hours. The current CoinMarketCap ranking is #1, with a market cap of $226,353,202,711 USD. It has a circulating supply of 18,522,937 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$12,220.16 USD
Bitcoin ROI
8,931.90%
Market Rank#1
Market Cap$226,353,202,711 USD
24 Hour Volume$36,918,015,143 USD
Circulating Supply18,522,937 BTC
Total Supply18,522,937 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
$12,359.06 USD /
$4,106.98 USD
90 Day High / Low
$12,359.06 USD /
$10,528.89 USD
30 Day High / Low
$12,281.11 USD /
$10,528.89 USD
7 Day High / Low
$12,281.11 USD /
$11,223.01 USD
24 Hour High / Low
$12,281.11 USD /
$11,767.31 USD
Yesterday's High / Low
$11,999.92 USD /
$11,681.48 USD
Yesterday's Open / Close
$11,745.97 USD /
$11,916.34 USD
Yesterday's Change$170.36 USD (1.45%)
Yesterday's Volume$30,915,821,592 USD
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