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Original author(s)Nicolas van Saberhagen
Written inC++
Operating systemWindows, Unix-like, OS X
TypeCryptocurrency, anonymity
LicenseMIT License[dead link]

CryptoNote is an application layer protocol designed for use with cryptocurrencies that aims to solve specific problems identified in Bitcoin.[1] Namely:

  • Traceability of transactions
  • The proof-of-work function (see Bitcoin network)
  • Irregular emission
  • Hardcoded constants
  • Bulky scripts

The protocol powers several decentralized privacy-oriented cryptocurrencies, including Monero and MobileCoin.[2][3]

Nothing is known about the original author of CryptoNote, "Nicolas van Saberhagen."[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "CryptoNote v 2.0" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2021-02-05. Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  2. ^ "Forkmaps". forkmaps. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  3. ^ "Signal Adds Payments—With a Privacy-Focused Cryptocurrency". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2021-04-09.
  4. ^ "Meet North Korea and Lana Del Rey's new favorite cryptocurrency". The Daily Dot. 2018-02-09. Retrieved 2018-12-21.