What is Monero ?

Monero is a secure, private, untraceable currency. It is open-source and freely available to all.

With Monero, you are your own bank. Only you control and are responsible for your funds, and your accounts and transactions are kept private from prying eyes.

Want to find out more? An overview of Monero's main features are below. If you'd like to try Monero for yourself the Getting Started section is an excellent launching point.

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Secure

Using the power of a distributed peer-to-peer consensus network, every transaction is cryptographically secured. Individual accounts have a 25 word mnemonic seed displayed when created, which can be written down to back up the account. Account files are encrypted with a passphrase to ensure they are worthless if stolen.

Private

Monero uses a cryptographically sound system that allows you to send and receive funds without your transactions being publicly visible on the blockchain (the distributed ledger of transactions). This ensures that your purchases, receipts, and other transfers remain private by default.

Untraceable

By taking advantage of ring signatures, a special property of certain types of cryptography, Monero enables untraceable transactions. This means it's ambiguous which funds have been spent, and thus extremely unlikely that a transaction could be linked to particular user.


How do I
get started ?

The fastest way to start using Monero is with a web account manager such as MyMonero.

Alternatively, if you would like to run a full Monero node you can download the client and a kick-starter blockchain (to bring your local client up to speed) using the download link on the right.

Where can I download Monero ?