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CryptoPunks

10,000 unique collectible characters with proof of ownership stored on the Ethereum blockchain. Featured in Mashable, The Paris Review, Salon and The New York Times.

Note: Changes on the blockchain will take ~5 minutes to appear on the site.

What you see above are the 10,000 unique "CryptoPunks" in a map-like interface. No two are exactly alike, and each one of them can be officially owned by a single person on the Ethereum blockchain. Originally, they could be claimed for free by anybody with an Ethereum wallet, but all 10,000 were quickly claimed. Now they must be purchased from someone on the Ethereum marketplace contract. Via this market you can buy, bid on, and offer punks for sale. The zoomable image above is connected to the Ethereum network and has been colored to show you the status of every Punk in the market. Punks with a blue background have been claimed. Punks with a red background are available for sale by their owner. Finally, punks with a purple background have an active bid on them. You can click to zoom in on a Punk and reveal its details.

See the marketplace instructions below to acquire your very own punk. You should also join the Discord Chat, which includes a bot that announces all bids, offers and sales in realtime.

Current Statistics

Last Updated
4 minutes ago
Number for Sale
1162
Recent Punks For Sale
(see all)
Punk 6672Punk 1757Punk 4534Punk 3206Punk 5890Punk 6921Punk 6150Punk 5947Punk 4991Punk 1539Punk 3193Punk 6921Punk 4991Punk 8244Punk 2534Punk 4991Punk 2534Punk 4523Punk 0741Punk 3002Punk 7062Punk 6692Punk 6531Punk 6692Punk 9704Punk 2693Punk 9665Punk 5777Punk 5445Punk 3474Punk 9425Punk 2720Punk 2398Punk 9550Punk 9569Punk 9966Punk 9971Punk 5771Punk 6169Punk 6265Punk 7924Punk 5183Punk 4151Punk 3672Punk 7924Punk 4915Punk 9569Punk 4610Punk 1436Punk 5910Punk 8132Punk 3660Punk 2489Punk 9971Punk 8562Punk 5230Punk 9966Punk 9658Punk 9550Punk 9197Punk 8843Punk 8397Punk 8363Punk 7989Punk 7998Punk 7924Punk 7836Punk 6265Punk 6169Punk 5771Punk 5428Punk 5183Punk 3798Punk 4151Punk 3672Punk 9886Punk 3798Punk 3539Punk 2804Punk 3383Punk 2444Punk 2429Punk 8196Punk 6059Punk 7977Punk 9347Punk 2879Punk 2637Punk 3143Punk 3538Punk 7195Punk 6271Punk 3262Punk 3192Punk 5720Punk 5631
Number of Bids
1370
Top Bids
(see all)
Punk 0000Punk 3443Punk 2140Punk 0510Punk 2711Punk 5577Punk 1050Punk 0003Punk 2306Punk 0002Punk 2424Punk 5066Punk 6586Punk 6649Punk 1190Punk 2484Punk 2566Punk 3393Punk 4178Punk 5412Punk 8105Punk 5056Punk 1759Punk 2549Punk 2844Punk 7763Punk 5171Punk 9932Punk 1609Punk 4638Punk 7121Punk 0744Punk 8906Punk 3725Punk 9530Punk 1883Punk 9650Punk 1821Punk 0226Punk 2180Punk 6801Punk 1637Punk 2494Punk 4472Punk 8493Punk 9064Punk 1000Punk 2169Punk 6441Punk 9373Punk 9457Punk 1684Punk 2276Punk 5347Punk 2889Punk 3096Punk 3105Punk 3503Punk 4677Punk 5524Punk 6288Punk 6345Punk 7670Punk 8733Punk 9028Punk 2613Punk 9844Punk 1470Punk 1496Punk 1669Punk 2394Punk 3176Punk 3757Punk 4393Punk 5407Punk 5719Punk 7352Punk 8349Punk 8426Punk 8750Punk 9129Punk 9446Punk 9832Punk 1492Punk 3556Punk 4405Punk 4627Punk 6264Punk 8364Punk 8842Punk 9619Punk 2578Punk 1055Punk 2147Punk 7914Punk 5550
Total Value of Current Bids
150.14 ETH ($91,962.21 USD)
Average Bid
0.11 ETH ($67.13 USD)
Recently Sold
(see all)
Punk 3175Punk 6700Punk 9895Punk 1426Punk 1102Punk 9899Punk 9980Punk 5097Punk 5449Punk 8133Punk 2329Punk 7022Punk 9463Punk 6543Punk 7654Punk 3439Punk 2242Punk 5809Punk 2560Punk 2105Punk 8659Punk 7785Punk 2310Punk 1100Punk 6900Punk 4400Punk 4226Punk 2151Punk 2388Punk 7615Punk 6584Punk 3570Punk 6095Punk 7961Punk 2504Punk 8437Punk 4953Punk 7858Punk 8853Punk 7439Punk 6665Punk 6141Punk 6800Punk 8300Punk 7960Punk 7241Punk 4848Punk 3999Punk 3733Punk 2792Punk 8455Punk 5414Punk 3481Punk 3476Punk 2961Punk 9579Punk 8328Punk 3827Punk 3377Punk 2977Punk 2322Punk 3430Punk 2896Punk 3231Punk 2346Punk 4905Punk 3821Punk 7558Punk 2750Punk 7811Punk 3797Punk 8021Punk 9502Punk 2994Punk 3227Punk 7052Punk 6672Punk 7425Punk 7412Punk 4534Punk 4402Punk 3758Punk 3439Punk 5449Punk 7910Punk 5788Punk 5645Punk 5947Punk 1757Punk 7054Punk 8224Punk 3317Punk 4150Punk 8429Punk 3550Punk 7623
Total Value of Punks Sold
646.3 ETH ($395,861.15 USD)
Average Sale Price
0.4 ETH ($245.27 USD)
Estimated Market Cap
2,550.15 ETH ($1,561,964.18 USD)

What is a CryptoPunk?

The CryptoPunks are 24x24 pixel art images, generated algorithmically. Most are punky-looking guys and girls, but there are a few rarer types mixed in: Apes, Zombies and even the odd Alien. Every punk has their own profile page that shows their attributes as well as their ownership/for-sale status (here's an example).

What exactly is going on here?

CryptoCoins were made famous by Bitcoin, but Bitcoin is designed just to transact and store ownership of Bitcoin itself. We are using a successor to Bitcoin called Ethereum which allows for arbitrary computer code to be executed on the blockchain and the results of the execution to be stored forever. This is pretty cool! Normally code is run on a server somewhere and you basically need to trust the person running the server. Ethereum lets everyone execute the code, show each other what result they got, and agree that the code was executed properly and fairly.

We have written code that lives on the blockchain that anyone can use to buy and sell Punks with anyone else in the world. An interesting aspect of this system is that we no longer have any control over the code running CryptoPunks! Once we released it onto the blockchain it became permanently embedded there and can no longer be modified by anyone. This is scary for us as developers because we worry about bugs, but it is also a very powerful feature of the system. It allows a user verify that there are indeed only 10,000 punks, check that we can't steal them from you, and basically make sure that everything we told you about the code is true.

How do I get a Punk?

The Easiest Option

  1. Download and install a Chrome browser plugin called MetaMask. This will allow websites (that you authorize) access to your Ethereum account.
  2. If you made a new account, buy some Ether. The MetaMask plugin has a button that will allow you to buy Ether from Coinbase.
  3. Once you have the plugin installed, this website will recognize it and add buttons that allow you to bid on, buy and sell punks directly in the interface.
  4. For example, you can buy Punk #6672 for 0.24 ETH ($147.00 USD).

The Harder Option

You can also do the following if you prefer to run a wallet on your computer:

  1. Download and install Mist which is basically a web browser for Ethereum apps.
  2. You will need to wait while the entire blockchain syncs to your computer (probably 10-20GB).
  3. You will also need to get some Ether, there should be a button in Mist that lets you buy some directly from CoinBase.
  4. Open Mist and load this website, press the authorize icon in the top right to allow the website to see your Ethereum account. Now you can buy and sell punks!

Nerdy details

  • The actual images of the punks are too large to store on the blockchain, so we took a hash of the composite image of all the punks and embeded it into the contract. You can verify that the punks being managed by the Ethereum contract are the True Official Genuine CryptoPunks™ by calculating an SHA256 hash on the cryptopunks image and comparing it to the hash stored in the contract.
  • CryptoPunks are almost an ERC20 token. We support the methods that provide your balance so you can watch CryptoPunks as a token in your wallet and see how many you own. None of the other methods are the same since you're not transferring a simple balance, but need to reference which specific Punk you want to work with.
  • The contract source and more technical details are available on Github.

Hang out on our Discord! Join us in our Discord chat to talk with the developers and other Cryptopunk owners.