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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
3 minutes ago
Number for Sale
1173
Recent Punks For Sale
(see all)
Punk 5230Punk 8562Punk 4960Punk 7527Punk 3759Punk 5230Punk 8562Punk 4402Punk 3767Punk 8214Punk 7822Punk 7441Punk 4337Punk 1782Punk 1782Punk 1782Punk 3317Punk 3638Punk 8562Punk 5230Punk 8187Punk 8677Punk 8509Punk 4139Punk 3945Punk 8390Punk 3931Punk 5196Punk 5338Punk 5352Punk 5909Punk 5961Punk 6303Punk 6384Punk 6503Punk 3732Punk 3732Punk 8807Punk 6658Punk 7478Punk 8807Punk 6741Punk 5287Punk 4956Punk 1859Punk 3790Punk 3654Punk 3010Punk 9488Punk 9179Punk 7286Punk 6616Punk 5855Punk 5435Punk 5325Punk 3693Punk 4176Punk 3317Punk 4535Punk 4533Punk 5449Punk 3175Punk 5947Punk 3389Punk 7615Punk 7945Punk 7054Punk 7052Punk 3227Punk 8775Punk 7910Punk 8065Punk 7412Punk 2105Punk 9938Punk 5645Punk 6584Punk 3797Punk 5890Punk 5788Punk 5798Punk 7241Punk 3845Punk 4953Punk 3909Punk 9502Punk 6921Punk 4226Punk 2622Punk 5645Punk 7355Punk 6672Punk 4535Punk 4612Punk 5949Punk 5169
Number of Bids
1330
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 6275Punk 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 7914
Total Value of Current Bids
146.95 ETH ($126,988.54 USD)
Average Bid
0.11 ETH ($95.48 USD)
Recently Sold
(see all)
Punk 7467Punk 6150Punk 8866Punk 4659Punk 4960Punk 3040Punk 7599Punk 3204Punk 3171Punk 3643Punk 1286Punk 2408Punk 3759Punk 3328Punk 4402Punk 3767Punk 4480Punk 4337Punk 1782Punk 9856Punk 8035Punk 8366Punk 3511Punk 5246Punk 3734Punk 3196Punk 6417Punk 1624Punk 5487Punk 3062Punk 3511Punk 7925Punk 4621Punk 5307Punk 7940Punk 6924Punk 5499Punk 2008Punk 9545Punk 4481Punk 9772Punk 1837Punk 3574Punk 5808Punk 8836Punk 3820Punk 1851Punk 9674Punk 4632Punk 8325Punk 9500Punk 7153Punk 1872Punk 3659Punk 5561Punk 5169Punk 5949Punk 9329Punk 3618Punk 4654Punk 3547Punk 9460Punk 6218Punk 3438Punk 9850Punk 3370Punk 7791Punk 7154Punk 3041Punk 9604Punk 2619Punk 2480Punk 8956Punk 3928Punk 3029Punk 5497Punk 2384Punk 2946Punk 5834Punk 3291Punk 9613Punk 3805Punk 3276Punk 2554Punk 5871Punk 9764Punk 4961Punk 1369Punk 3975Punk 2447Punk 5134Punk 1575Punk 4436Punk 5289Punk 9863Punk 8994
Total Value of Punks Sold
613.61 ETH ($530,269.41 USD)
Average Sale Price
0.41 ETH ($355.65 USD)
Estimated Market Cap
2,610.14 ETH ($2,255,634.66 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 #5230 for 0.6 ETH ($518.51 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.