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Litecoin is a peer-to-peer Internet currency that enables instant payments to anyone in the world. It is based on the Bitcoin protocol but differs from Bitcoin in that it can be efficiently mined with consumer-grade hardware. Litecoin provides faster transaction confirmations (2.5 minutes on average) and uses a memory-hard, scrypt-based mining proof-of-work algorithm to target the regular computers with GPUs most people already have. The Litecoin network is scheduled to produce 84 million currency units.

One of the aims of Litecoin was to provide a mining algorithm that could run at the same time, on the same hardware used to mine Bitcoins. With the rise of specialized ASICs for Bitcoin, Litecoin continues to satisfy these goals. It is unlikely for ASIC mining to be developed for Litecoin until the currency becomes more widely used.

For more information, visit the Litecoin page.

Getting Started

WARNING: Do not download Litecoin clients from any web sites other than https://litecoin.org (linked above). You should see a security certificate in your browser:
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  • Use bootstrap.dat to reduce blockchain download time (from about two days to one hour).
  • Encrypt your wallet with a passphrase. Make sure it is something you will remember!
  • Join the Litecoin forums or log on to IRC and introduce yourself.
  • Start with what interests you: Mining, Development, Trading or use of Litecoin as a currency.

Upgrading

If you are running a previous version of the Litecoin client and you need to upgrade, please follow the Litecoin upgrade instructions.

Contributing

This wiki is protected by the CryptoPayment anti-spam module. After creating an account, visit the Special:CryptoPayment page to enable editing access on your account.

Please also take a moment to review our Editing Guidelines. If you are not familiar with wiki editing, but have information to add, or suggestions on how to improve this wiki, please send an e-mail to [email protected] and we will gladly make the appropriate modifications.

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