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Learn about Ethereum

Your educational guide to the world of Ethereum. Learn how Ethereum works and how to connect to it. This page includes technical and non-technical articles, guides, and resources.

What is crypto and Ethereum?

You may have heard about cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin, and blockchain. This page will help you learn about what they are how they relate to Ethereum. And what is Ethereum anyway?

Bitcoin enables anyone to transfer money globally. Ethereum does too, and it enables anyone to create and agree on any kind of contract they can imagine. It’s both resilient and flexible: any computer program can run on Ethereum.

What is Ethereum?

If you are new, start here to learn why Ethereum matters.

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What is Ethereum?

What is ETH?

Ether (ETH) is the currency powering the Ethereum network and apps.

What is ETH?

Where can I get ETH?

There are many ways to get ETH, depending on your location.

Where can I get ETH?

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How do I use Ethereum?

Using Ethereum is like moving to a new place. Things will seem unfamiliar at first, and everyone moves for their own reasons. Despite this, the first thing you'll need are new keys. The software that creates and holds the keys to your new home is called a "wallet".

What is a wallet?

Wallets are like keyrings: they store what you need to get access to the places you value.

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What is a wallet?

Find a wallet

We'll help you find the best wallet based on the features that matter to you.

List of wallets

Security basics

Learn how to identify scams and how to avoid the most common tricks.

Stay secure

Things to consider when using Ethereum

  • Each Ethereum transaction requires a fee in the form of ETH, even if you need to move different tokens built on Ethereum like the stablecoins USDC or DAI.
  • Fees can be high depending on the number of people trying to use Ethereum, so we recommend using Layer 2s.

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What is Ethereum used for?

Ethereum has led to the creation of new products and services that can improve different areas of our lives. We're still in the early stages but there's a lot to be excited about.

Decentralized finance (DeFi)

Explore an alternative financial system that is built without banks and is open to anyone.

What is DeFi?


Cryptocurrencies pegged to the value of a currency, commodity, or some other financial instrument.

What are stablecoins?

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs)

Represent ownership of unique items, from art to title deeds to concert tickets.

What are NFTs?

Decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs)

Enable new ways to coordinate work without a boss.

What are DAOs?

Decentralized applications (dapps)

Create digital economy of peer-to-peer services.

Explore dapps

Emerging use cases

There are also other prominent industries being created or improved with Ethereum:

More on Ethereum use cases

Strengthen the Ethereum network

You can help secure Ethereum and earn rewards at the same time by staking your ETH. There are different options for staking depending on your technical knowledge and how much ETH you have.

Staking Ethereum

Learn how to start staking your ETH.

Start staking

Run a node

Play a critical role in the Ethereum network by running a node.

Run a node

Learn about Ethereum the protocol

For users most interested in the technical part of the Ethereum network.

Energy consumption

How much energy does Ethereum use?

Is Ethereum green?

Ethereum roadmap

Ethereums roadmap make it more scalable, secure, and sustainable.

Explore the roadmap

Ethereum Whitepaper

The original Ethereum proposal written by Vitalik Buterin in 2014.

Read whitepaper

More on the Ethereum protocol

Learn about Ethereum the community

The success of Ethereum is thanks to its incredibly dedicated community. Thousands of inspiring and driven people help push Ethereum’s vision forward. Come and join us!

Community hub

Our community includes people from all backgrounds.

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How can I get involved?

You (yes, you!) are welcome to contribute to the Ethereum community.

How can I get involved?

Online communities

Online communities provide a great opportunity to ask more specific questions or get involved.

Explore communities

Books and podcasts

Books about Ethereum and Cryptocurrencies

Podcasts about Ethereum and Cryptocurrencies

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