About Feathercoin


Feathercoin was conceived as a coin that is lighter than light, hence the featherlight name. The coin takes its lightness and suitability for featherlight payments from its faster block processing (one block every minute) and the generous supply of 336 million coins (of which about 278m are currently in circulation).


The genesis block and initial blog post from Peter Bushnell about the release of Feathercoin on bitcointalk date back to April 16th, 2013. Feathercoin, as one of the oldest Altcoins, has proven the test of time. It is also still being actively developed by its founder and a small but strong open-source community contributing to the project.


Feathercoin is an upgraded and customized version of Bitcoin initially forked from Litecoin’s source code. Users have very easy access to two wallets (FeathercoinCore and Electrum) that work exactly like Bitcoin, but with faster block processing. In addition to these desktop wallets, Feathercoin is supported by various mobile wallets and blockexplorers.


User Friendly & Secure

Feathercoin wallets are simple and secure as they are always up to date with BitcoinCore releases. The mobile wallets allow users to spend and receive FTC on the go and if something still isn’t clear, there is a helpful community forum.

Low Payment Fees

Payments are fast and global with near zero payment fees, so merchants do not have to pass network costs on to their customers. This leaves more money for customers to spend on the things they love.

Fast Settlement

Transactions with Feathercoin are instant, and thanks to Feathercoin’s one minute block times, the settlement of transactions is also just one minute. This in combination with Automated Checkpointing allows maximum security to be reached in just 5 minutes (5 blocks).

In-Store Payments

With it’s low fees and fast settlement, Feathercoin is perfect for in-store payments.

Automatic Checkpointing

Automatic Checkpointing (ACP) is used to prevent 51% attacks. ACP creates a new checkpoint every 5 blocks, protecting the history of the Feathercoin blockchain.

Hobbyminer friendly

NeoScrypt, the proof of work mining algorithm of Feathercoin, can only be mined with graphics cards. This makes Feathercoin mining possible for enthusiasts all over the world, enabling Feathercoin to be more decentralized and censorship resistant.



The following people are independent contributors to Feathercoin:

Peter Bushnell

Peter Bushnell

Founder & Lead Developer

Tony Doyle

Tony Doyle

Technical Documentation

Wolfgang Bremer

Wolfgang Bremer

Research & Development

Christian Mašek

Christian Mašek


Oliver Ziegler

Oliver Ziegler

Development & Infrastructure

Alexander Brozek

Alexander Brozek


David Walton

David Walton

Development & Infrastructure


We’re actively developing the Feathercoin applications and surrounding open source projects. You can see the latest activity in the GitHub organisations:

Feathercoin Protocol Features

  • NeoScrypt Mining Algorithm
  • eHRC (enhanced Hash Rate Compensation)
  • ACP (Advanced Checkpointing)
  • SegWit (Segregated Witness) *
  • CLTV (CheckLockTimeVerify) *
  • CSV (Check Sequence Verify) *



If you would like to integrate Feathercoin, please get in touch with us.

Feathercoin Applications

The Feathercoin ecosystem consists of various applications ranging from infrastructure software (Feathercoin Core node, Libbitcoin Server, fx, ElectrumX Server, feathercore), to desktop wallets (Electrum), mobile wallets (Edge, Coinomi) and merchant software to accept Feathercoin as a payment (BTCPay). Thanks to the many Feathercoin developers, the number and quality of our applications is always growing.

Some of Feathercoin’s most important applications:

Feathercoin Core Node

FFeathercoin Core is the most used full node software. As a full node, it validates and stores the full blockchain, providing the highest possible security and privacy. It’s intended for power users with technical knowledge.


Linux 32 / 64 / packages

Libbitcoin Server

Libbitcoin Server is a full Feathercoin, Bitcoin & Litecoin, peer-to-peer node including a high performance blockchain query server. It’s built using the libbitcoin toolkit, a set of cross platform C++ libraries for building Feathercoin, Bitcoin & Litecoin applications. It features no graphical user interface and is intended as a backend service for application developers.

Contributed by the Feathercoin Development Foundation.

Coming Soon.

Electrum-FTC Wallet

Electrum-FTC is a lightweight Feathercoin wallet for desktop computers. Unlike a full node it doesn’t store the full blockchain but instead stores only the transactions that are relevant for the wallet users, using a technic called SPV. With built-in support for hardware wallets Electrum-FTC is the go-to wallet for securely storing bigger amounts of Feathercoin.

Electrum-FTC is a fork of the Bitcoin Electrum wallet adapted to work with Feathercoin. All improvements which are not related to Feathercoin itself will be made directly in the upstream Electrum repository.

Developed by the Feathercoin Development Foundation.

Edge Mobile Wallet

Edge is the leading multi-currency mobile wallet. It’s simplicity, the automated encrypted backups and the built-in exchange feature, all make it the perfect wallet to get started with Feathercoin.

Buy & Trade

Once you’ve got yourself a wallet for storing Feathercoin, you can register at an exchange and start filling up your wallet with Feathercoins of your own. Click here for information on buying Feathercoin. You can buy & trade Feathercoin through the following websites, among others: