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Why $BTCP?


Bitcoin Private uses the same privacy technology as ZClassic (zk-snarks). This means payments are published on a public blockchain, but the sender, recipient and other transactional metadata remain unidentifiable.


Just like Bitcoin, Bitcoin Private supports peer-to-peer transactions without an intermediary. These transactions are verified by network nodes through the use of cryptography and recorded in a public ledger.


Unlike Bitcoin, Bitcoin Private supports a slightly increased block size while being more anonymous and secure than any existing Bitcoin-based currency without sacrificing transaction speeds.

Open Source

Bitcoin Private's entire codebase is publicly available for viewing and verification by anyone. It will always remain open source and be maintained by an ever growing community.

Community Driven

In the nature of transparency and open source, Bitcoin Private is developed by team members all over the world. Each member fills roles and contributes based on his or her skill sets.

A Fair Start

There was no premine, and there is no founder's reward. Bitcoin Private has been released in a fair manner to all. Coins were distributed on a 1:1 basis to BTC and ZCL holders.


  1. DECEMBER 2017

         First pull request made, Dec 24

  2. JANUARY 2018

         Replay Protection, Jan 5

         BTC UTXO integration, Jan 7

         Eleos wallet, Jan 8

         Release of Electrum Wallet, Jan 27

         First fork simulation and testnet, Jan 28

  3. FEBRUARY 2018

         Replay Protection Upgraded, Feb 18

         Full Node Desktop Wallet, Feb 20

         BIP9, Feb 23

         Second Testnet, Feb 23

         Partial SegWit Support, Feb 25

         Final Testnet, Feb 26

       Allowed coin claim testing

         Snapshot of BTC and ZCL, Feb 28

  4. MARCH 2018

         Fork-merge and Mainnet Launch, March 2-3

         First BTCP Trezor txn, March 9

         First BTCP Ledger Nano S txn, March 16

  5. APRIL 2018

         Enable SegWit coin claiming, April 11

         Ledger Nano S support, April 16

         Electrum release for Ledger Nano S, April 19

         Trezor code merged, April 23

         Closed Beta Merchant Platform Release

         BTCP Rebase Begins [MAJOR]

       Rebase BTCP from ZEC to BTC codebase. ZEC codebase 3 years behind BTC    Also enables facile upgrading of the BTCP node with BTC upstream merges    Major upgrades include:    BIP32    SegWit    Lightning Network    Many more
  6. July 2018

         Invited users to BTCPPay

         BTCP Rebase [MAJOR]

       Rebase BTCP from ZEC to BTC codebase. ZEC codebase 3 years behind BTC    Also enables facile upgrading of the BTCP node with BTC upstream merges    Major upgrades include:    BIP32    SegWit    Lightning Network    Many more
  7. Q2 2018

         Open Beta Merchant Platform Release

         BTCP Google Chrome extension

         Seed tor nodes

         One-click miner

       Allows users to easily mine BTCP at their mining pool of choice or solo mining

         Translated wallets

       Will include all the languages present on our website

         Merchant Platform Phase 2

  8. Q3 2018

         Finish rebasing of BTCP - release new core node

         Initiate soft fork for full SegWit support

         Lightning Network Initiated

         Shielded Electrum Wallet

         Embedded Tor / Tor by default

         Tor Wallet

       Complements embedded Tor

         Merchant Platform Phase 2 & 3

       E-commerce plugins integration (Shopify, Magento, WHMCS, 3dCart, Woocommerce, PrestaShop, Bigcommerce, etc)
  9. Q4 2018

         Dandelion privacy protocol

       Superior obfuscation technique involving the “stem” and the “fluff”
    that will help to further privatize Bitcoin Private’s transparent txns

         Default Privacy

       Make shielded txns default in all wallets

         Merchant Platform Phase 3 & 4

       Payment Gateway Integration

         Upgraded Wallet UI/UX

  10. 2019

         Evaluate alternate proofs of work

         BTCP DEx

         Incorporate new Jubjub / Sapling enhancements

       iOS wallet with shielded txns    Merchant platform with shielded txns

         Shielded Transactions become default

         Evaluate making shielded transactions mandatory

Hard Fork

What is a hard fork?

A hard fork is when a single cryptocurrency splits in two. It occurs when a cryptocurrency’s existing code is changed, resulting in both an old and new version. This case is somewhat unique, whereby ZCL and BTC were co-forked into Bitcoin Private (BTCP).

When was the hard fork?

Snapshot date: February 28th, 2018.
Snapshot blocks: 511346 for BTC and 272991 for ZCL.
Mainnet Launch: March 3rd 2018.

How do I receive BTCP?

When the hard fork occured, a snapshot of all existing ZCL and BTC holdings occured. Anyone holding ZCL or BTC in a wallet or supported exchange has been credited Bitcoin Private (BTCP) at a 1:1 ratio. For example, if you held 15.4 ZCL and 0.1 BTC, you receive 15.5 BTCP.

Bitcoin Private Team


Over 70 total contributors, with over 20 engineers having joined our initiative in just 30 days time!
Reach out to us to join :-)


Full-Node Desktop Wallet

Electrum Wallet

Paper Wallet



Frequently Asked Questions

Who runs Bitcoin Private?

Bitcoin Private is a community-driven BTC/ZCL fork consisting of over 150 talented contributors currently. We are fully transparent to the community and often allow them to make decisions regarding the fork and the future of Bitcoin Private.

What exchanges currently support Bitcoin Private?

Currently,, Nanex, Octaex, Exrates, BarterDEX, Sistemkoin, HitBTC and Tradeogre list Bitcoin Private.

Does Bitcoin Private have replay protection?

Yes, Bitcoin Private has two-way replay protection.

How can I help with development of BTCP?

See the issues posted on github that we need resolved for BTCP.

What happens to ZCL now the fork has completed?

ZClassic will still exist. Read more about The future of Zclassic.

How do I mine BTCP?

This is the official BTCP mining pool, built and ran by BTCP developers:

Ambassador Program

The Bitcoin Private Ambassador Program is a worldwide leadership initiative for digital privacy and decentralization.

The program is a cornerstone of the Bitcoin Private community and serves to raise global BTCP awareness through social media, organized meetups, and peer to peer advocacy.

BTCP Resources

Bitcoin Private Market Cap

Below is the current trading price of Bitcoin Private and its market cap.

Official Block Explorer

The easiest way to view the latest blocks and transactions!

Press Inquiries

To reach out to the primary coordinators of the team for any inquiries related to press, please contact us at [email protected].

Press Kit

You can download a zip file containing Bitcoin Private's branding assets here.

Official Links

You can view a directory of official Bitcoin Private links here.