Choose your Bitcoin wallet

Your Bitcoin wallet is what allows you to transact with other users. It gives you ownership of a Bitcoin balance so that you can send and receive bitcoins. Just like email, all wallets can interoperate with each other. Before you start with Bitcoin, be sure to read what you need to know first.

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Why be part of the Bitcoin network

NetworkYou can choose between different kinds of lightweight wallets or a full Bitcoin client. The later uses more storage and bandwidth and can take a day or longer to synchronize. But there are benefits like increased privacy and security by not trusting other network nodes. Running full nodes is essential to protecting the network by checking and relaying transactions.

mobile walletsMobile wallets

Mobile wallets allow you to bring Bitcoin with you in your pocket. You can exchange bitcoins easily and pay in physical stores by scanning a QR code or using NFC "tap to pay".

Bitcoin Wallet

AndroidBlackBerry OS

Bitcoin Wallet for Android is easy to use and reliable, while also being secure and fast. Its vision is de-centralization and zero trust: No central service is needed for Bitcoin-related operations. The app is a good choice for non-technical people. It is also available for BlackBerry OS.

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bitcoin walletBitcoin
Wallet

Third party

This wallet relies on a centralized service by default and requires a certain level of trust on a third party. This third party however does not control your wallet. Using backups and a strong password is always recommended when applicable.

OK, I understand

mycelium wallet

Desktop walletsDesktop wallets

Desktop wallets are installed on your computer. They give you complete control over your wallet. You are responsible for protecting your money and doing backups.

Bitcoin Core

WindowsLinuxMac OS X

Bitcoin Core is a full Bitcoin client and builds the backbone of the network. It offers the highest levels of security, privacy, and stability. However, it has fewer features and it takes a lot of space and memory.

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Bitcoin CoreBitcoin
Core

MultiBit

WindowsLinuxMac OS X

MultiBit is a lightweight client that focuses on being fast and easy to use. It synchronizes with the network and is ready to use in minutes. MultiBit also supports many languages. It is a good choice for non-technical users.

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multibitMultiBit

Hive

Mac OS X

Hive is a fast, integrated, user-friendly Bitcoin wallet for Mac OS X. With a focus on usability, Hive is translated into many languages and has apps, making it easy to interact with your favorite Bitcoin services and merchants.

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hiveHive

Armory

WindowsLinux

Armory is an advanced Bitcoin client that expands its features for Bitcoin power users. It offers many backup and encryption features, and it allows secure cold-storage on offline computers.

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armoryArmory

Electrum

WindowsLinuxMac OS XAndroid

Electrum's focus is speed and simplicity, with low resource usage. It uses remote servers that handle the most complicated parts of the Bitcoin system, and it allows you to recover your wallet from a secret phrase.

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electrumElectrum

web walletsWeb wallets

Web wallets allow you to use Bitcoin on any browser or mobile and often offer additional services. However, you must choose your web wallet with care as they host your bitcoins.

Third party

This wallet relies on a centralized service by default and requires a certain level of trust on a third party. This third party however does not control your wallet. Using backups and a strong password is always recommended when applicable.

OK, I understand

blockchain.info

Third party

This wallet relies on a centralized service by default and requires a certain level of trust on a third party. This third party however does not control your wallet. Using backups and a strong password is always recommended when applicable.

OK, I understand

coinkite

Third party

This wallet relies on a centralized service by default and requires a certain level of trust on a third party. This third party however does not control your wallet. Using backups and a strong password is always recommended when applicable.

OK, I understand

greenaddress

Be careful

Web wallets host your bitcoins. That means it is possible for them to lose your bitcoins following any incident on their side. As of today, no web wallet services provide enough insurance to be used to store value like a bank.

OK, I understand

coinbase

Be careful

Web wallets host your bitcoins. That means it is possible for them to lose your bitcoins following any incident on their side. As of today, no web wallet services provide enough insurance to be used to store value like a bank.

OK, I understand

coinkite

Desktop walletsDesktop wallets

Desktop wallets are installed on your computer. They give you complete control over your wallet. You are responsible for protecting your money and doing backups.

mobile walletsMobile wallets

Mobile wallets allow you to bring Bitcoin with you in your pocket. You can exchange bitcoins easily and pay in physical stores by scanning a QR code or using NFC "tap to pay".

web walletsWeb wallets

Web wallets allow you to use Bitcoin on any browser or mobile and often offer additional services. However, you must choose your web wallet with care as they host your bitcoins.

Bitcoin Core

WindowsLinuxMac OS X

Bitcoin Core is a full Bitcoin client and builds the backbone of the network. It offers the highest levels of security, privacy, and stability. However, it has fewer features and it takes a lot of space and memory.

Download

Bitcoin CoreBitcoin
Core

MultiBit

WindowsLinuxMac OS X

MultiBit is a lightweight client that focuses on being fast and easy to use. It synchronizes with the network and is ready to use in minutes. MultiBit also supports many languages. It is a good choice for non-technical users.

Visit website

multibitMultiBit

Hive

Mac OS X

Hive is a fast, integrated, user-friendly Bitcoin wallet for Mac OS X. With a focus on usability, Hive is translated into many languages and has apps, making it easy to interact with your favorite Bitcoin services and merchants.

Visit website

hiveHive

Armory

WindowsLinux

Armory is an advanced Bitcoin client that expands its features for Bitcoin power users. It offers many backup and encryption features, and it allows secure cold-storage on offline computers.

Visit website

armoryArmory

Electrum

WindowsLinuxMac OS XAndroid

Electrum's focus is speed and simplicity, with low resource usage. It uses remote servers that handle the most complicated parts of the Bitcoin system, and it allows you to recover your wallet from a secret phrase.

Visit website

electrumElectrum

Bitcoin Wallet

AndroidBlackBerry OS

Bitcoin Wallet for Android is easy to use and reliable, while also being secure and fast. Its vision is de-centralization and zero trust: No central service is needed for Bitcoin-related operations. The app is a good choice for non-technical people. It is also available for BlackBerry OS.

Visit website

bitcoin walletBitcoin
Wallet

Third party

This wallet relies on a centralized service by default and requires a certain level of trust on a third party. This third party however does not control your wallet. Using backups and a strong password is always recommended when applicable.

OK, I understand

mycelium wallet

Third party

This wallet relies on a centralized service by default and requires a certain level of trust on a third party. This third party however does not control your wallet. Using backups and a strong password is always recommended when applicable.

OK, I understand

blockchain.info

Third party

This wallet relies on a centralized service by default and requires a certain level of trust on a third party. This third party however does not control your wallet. Using backups and a strong password is always recommended when applicable.

OK, I understand

bitgo

Third party

This wallet relies on a centralized service by default and requires a certain level of trust on a third party. This third party however does not control your wallet. Using backups and a strong password is always recommended when applicable.

OK, I understand

greenaddress

Be careful

Web wallets host your bitcoins. That means it is possible for them to lose your bitcoins following any incident on their side. As of today, no web wallet services provide enough insurance to be used to store value like a bank.

OK, I understand

coinbase

Be careful

Web wallets host your bitcoins. That means it is possible for them to lose your bitcoins following any incident on their side. As of today, no web wallet services provide enough insurance to be used to store value like a bank.

OK, I understand

coinkite

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