Bitcoin core

This is an open source project which maintains and releases the Bitcoin client software called “Bitcoin Core”.

About

Is a direct descendant of the original Bitcoin software client released by Satoshi Nakamoto after he published the famous Bitcoin whitepaper.

Bitcoin Core consists of both “full-node” software for fully validating the blockchain as well as a bitcoin wallet. The project also currently maintains related software such as the cryptography library libsecp256k1 and others located at GitHub.

Bitcoin core team

The project has a large open source developer community with many casual contributors to the codebase. There are many more who contribute research, peer review, testing, documentation, and translation.

Maintainers

Project maintainers have commit access and are responsible for merging patches from contributors. They perform a janitorial role merging patches that the team agrees should be merged. They also act as a final check to ensure that patches are safe and in line with the project goals. The maintainers’ role is by agreement of project contributors.

Contributors

Everyone is free to propose code changes and to test, review and comment on open Pull Requests. Anyone who contributes code, review, test, translation or documentation to the Bitcoin Core project is considered a contributor. The release notes for each software release contain a credits section to recognize all those who have contributed to the project over the previous release cycle. A list of code contributors can be found on Github.

Bitcoin core features

Full validation

Bitcoin Core ensures every block and transaction it accepts is valid, increasing not only your security but also helping prevent miners and banks from taking control of Bitcoin.

  • Better privacy: provides exclusive privacy features that can make it hard for anyone to link you to your transactions.
  • Better Security: uses more resources than other wallets, but it’s still convenient to run on most computers and Internet connections.
  • A Better User Interface: wallet has features most other wallets don’t have. But if you don’t need them, you can use several other wallets on top of Bitcoin Core without losing Bitcoin Core’s security and privacy benefits.
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