Decentralized applications (dapps)
Ethereum-powered tools and services
Dapps are a growing movement of applications that use Ethereum to disrupt business models or invent new ones.
To try a dapp, you'll need a wallet and some ETH. A wallet will allow you to connect, or log in. And you'll need ETH to pay any transaction fees. What are transaction fees?
A few dapps the ethereum.org team are loving right now. Explore more dapps below.
Swap your tokens with ease. A community favourite that allows you to trade tokens with folks across the network.
Play against others to conquer planets and try out bleeding-edge Ethereum scaling/privacy technology. Maybe one for those already familiar with Ethereum.
Invest in culture. Buy, trade, and sell unique digital artwork and fashion from some incredible artists, musicians, and brands.
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A lot of dapps are still experimental, testing the possibilties of decentralized networks. But there have been some successful early movers in the technology, financial, gaming and collectibles categories.
These are applications that focus on building out financial services using cryptocurrencies. They offer the likes of lending, borrowing, earning interest, and private payments – no personal data required.
Always do your own researchEthereum is a new technology and most applications are new. Before depositing any large quantities of money, make sure you understand the risks.
Lending and borrowing
Trading and prediction markets
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The magic behind decentralized finance
What is it about Ethereum that allows decentalized finance applications to thrive?
Financial services running on Ethereum have no sign up requirements. If you have funds and an internet connection, you’re good to go.
A new token economy
There’s a whole world of tokens that you can interact with across these financial products. People are building new tokens on top of Ethereum all the time.
Teams have built stablecoins – a less volatile cryptocurrency. These allow you to experiment and use crypto without the risk and uncertainty.
Interconnected financial services
Financial products in the Ethereum space are all modular and compatible with one another. New configurations of these modules are hitting the market all the time, increasing what you can do with your crypto.
The magic behind dapps
Dapps might feel like regular apps. But behind the scenes they have some special qualities because they inherit all of Ethereum’s superpowers. Here's what makes dapps different from apps.What makes Ethereum great?
Once deployed to Ethereum, dapp code can’t be taken down. And anyone can use the dapp’s features. Even if the team behind the dapp disbanded you could still use it. Once on Ethereum, it stays there.
Free from censorship
Plug and play
One anonymous login
Backed by cryptography
No down time
How dapps work
Dapps have their backend code (smart contracts) running on a decentralized network and not a centralized server. They use the Ethereum blockchain for data storage and smart contracts for their app logic.
A smart contract is like a set of rules that live on-chain for all to see and run exactly according to those rules. Imagine a vending machine: if you supply it with enough funds and the right selection, you'll get the item you want. And like vending machines, smart contracts can hold funds much like your Ethereum account. This allows code to mediate agreements and transactions.
Once dapps are deployed on the Ethereum network you can't change them. Dapps can be decentralized because they are controlled by the logic written into the contract, not an individual or a company.