Getting Started

Zcash is a private cryptocurrency that supports transparent and shielded transactions. Before using Zcash, review our privacy and security recommendations to learn more about its privacy enhancing properties and learn how to use shielded transactions correctly. Visit our technology page to learn more about the cryptography behind Zcash.

Choosing a Wallet

Before you acquire some Zcash, you'll want to make sure that you have a wallet set up to store it. You can download the official Zcash client or use a third-party application to manage your funds.

The official Zcash client is built for Linux. Visit our download page for installation instructions.

Find a third-party wallet that supports Zcash (many wallet providers currently only support transparent addresses, since they are easier to integrate).

Getting Zcash

If you just want to get some Zcash to use, you can buy online from an exchange. Find an exchange that supports Zcash.

To start mining Zcash, check out the mining guide on our wiki, or see this list of Zcash mining pools with instructions on how to get started.

If you're interested in accepting Zcash as a payment option, feel free to contact us for advice and integration support.

Joining the Community

Zcash launched in the fall of 2016, and is still being integrated into applications and exchanges. To discuss topics like mining, use cases, and ongoing development, join our community chat or our forum. For answers to frequently asked questions, see our FAQ page.

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