What Is Bitcoin Core?


Jake Morr


August 25, 2023

Bitcoin Core is the reference implementation and primary software for the Bitcoin network. While it is open source, allowing anyone to view or suggest changes, it's not a cryptocurrency in itself. Instead, Bitcoin Core is the foundational software that powers the Bitcoin blockchain and includes functionalities like a wallet and mining capabilities. Contrary to some misconceptions, Bitcoin Core is neither a separate cryptocurrency nor solely a team of developers. It emerged to clarify and differentiate between the organizational structure behind Bitcoin and the Bitcoin (BTC) cryptocurrency, ensuring consistent understanding and operation within the decentralized Bitcoin community.


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