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The Ultimate List of Bitcoin and Alt-Cryptocurrency Forks

Cryptocurrency Bitcoin Fork

What are Forks?

A “fork” is the term used to describe a single blockchain diverging into two paths. Generally this occurs as the result of a significant change in the network’s protocol that effectively splits the blockchain into an old way of doing things and a new way of doing things.

Forks can be categorized as hard forks or soft forks. Hard forks are the result of network changes that are so extensive that every node participating in the network must upgrade their software in order to be compatible with the new processes. A hard fork is a fundamental change in the way a blockchain operates, such that any nodes that do not upgrade their software are on a different blockchain altogether.

Soft forks, by contrast, are backwards-compatible. The rules of the network have been changed, but nodes running the old software will still be able to validate transactions. This is less dramatic than a hard fork.

The following is a comprehensive list of cryptocurrency forks.

Chart of Bitcoin Blockchain and Software Forks

Bitcoin Forks

List of Bitcoin Blockchain and Software Forks

Each indent below represents a fork and includes forks of forks.

  • Bitcoin (BTC)
    • Litecoin (LTC)
      • Junkcoin (JKC)
        • Lukycoin (LKY)
          • Dogecoin (DOGE)
      • Monacoin (MONA)
      • LitecoinCash (LCC)
      • CloakCoin (CLOAK)
      • Einsteinium (EMC2)
      • Feathercoin (FTC)
    • Bitcoin Cash (BCH)
    • Dash (DASH)
      • PIVX (PIVX)
        • Blocknet (BLOCK)
    • Bitcoin Gold (BTG)
    • Zcash (ZEC)
      • Zclassic (ZCL)
        • Bitcoin Private (BTCP)
        • ZenCash (ZEN)
      • Komodo (KMD)
    • Qtum (QTUM)
    • Bitcoin Diamond (BCD)
    • Peercoin (PPC)
      • Novacoin (NVC)
        • Blackcoin (BLK)
          • Stratis (STRAT)
          • Greencoin (GRE)
        • Vertcoin (VTC)
        • BitcoinDark (BTCD)
      • Hshare (HSR)
      • Nexus (NXS)
    • Decred (DCR)
    • DigiByte (DGB)
    • Syscoin (SYS)
    • Reddcoin (RDD)
    • Elastos (ELA)
    • Emercoin (EMC)
    • Groestlcoin (GRS)
    • NavCoin (NAV)
    • Viacoin (VIA)

Chart of Ethereum Forks

Ethereum Forks

List of Ethereum Forks

  • Ethereum (ETH)
    • Ethereum Classic (ETC) is technically the original Ethereum blockchain while Ethereum is the fork, however the majority of the Ethereum community has followed the direction of Ethereum over Ethereum Classic.
    • Wanchain (WAN)
    • Ubiq (UBQ)

List of Ripple Forks

  • Ripple (XRP)
    • Stellar (XLM) started out as a fork, but is no longer considered a fork as it now uses its own codebase.

List of Monero Forks

  • Monero (XMR) was originally a fork of Bytecoin, but no longer considered a fork as it now uses its own codebase.
    • Electroneum (ETN)
    • Monero Original (XMO)
    • Monero Classic (XMC)

List of Bytecoin Forks

  • Bytecoin (BCN)
    • DigitalNote (XDN)

List of NXT Forks

  • NXT (NXT)
    • NEM (NEM) started out as a fork, but is no longer considered a fork as it now uses its own codebase.
    • Ardor (ARDR)
    • Burst (BURST)

List of Lisk Forks

  • Lisk (LSK)
    • Ark (ARK)

List of Zcoin Forks

  • Zcoin (XZC)
    • SmartCash (SMART)
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