Getting Started with Bitcoin

Bitcoin is a cool way to store, spend and earn money. Learn how to get started with this new currency system.

Before you can get started with bitcoins it would be a good idea to learn a few basic concepts:

  • A bitcoin client is a program or web service that allows you to store, spend and receive bitcoins.
  • A bitcoin client gives you a wallet in which your bitcoins are organized.
  • A bitcoin address is used to send and receive bitcoins. It is a number in base 58 format. For example 1BitcoinEaterAddressDontSendf59kuE
  • You can have an unlimited number of addresses in your bitcoin wallet and it is recommended that you use a new address for every transaction.

To get started with bitcoins I recommend downloading the free electrum bitcoin client program. It provides an easy to use wallet for you to get started with.

To get bitcoins you can buy them from an exchange. You can also earn bitcoins in exchange for your goods or services by advertising them on bitcoin talk marketplace.