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CryptoPunks

10,000 unique collectible characters with proof of ownership stored on the Ethereum blockchain. Featured in Mashable, The Financial Times, 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
43 minutes ago
Number for Sale
1078
Recent Punks For Sale
(see all)
Punk 8060Punk 8060Punk 6921Punk 4804Punk 3389Punk 9938Punk 9684Punk 1895Punk 1899Punk 1912Punk 8289Punk 8586Punk 6335Punk 5396Punk 9938Punk 4804Punk 6661Punk 9162Punk 8978Punk 8312Punk 6993Punk 5686Punk 7102Punk 7148Punk 7729Punk 4920Punk 9813Punk 5180Punk 8288Punk 9142Punk 6908Punk 7113Punk 7227Punk 9162Punk 9776Punk 9780Punk 7240Punk 7240Punk 7240Punk 9005Punk 9491Punk 9938Punk 6921Punk 3389Punk 7945Punk 2534Punk 9938Punk 3389Punk 4804Punk 4072Punk 4072Punk 4072Punk 1236Punk 1170Punk 3500Punk 4838Punk 2388Punk 2306Punk 6649Punk 6921Punk 7945Punk 2534Punk 9235Punk 4804Punk 2534Punk 3389Punk 4804Punk 0741Punk 0741Punk 9938Punk 4024Punk 3389Punk 6921Punk 9491Punk 4402Punk 4804Punk 6921Punk 9938Punk 7945Punk 2329Punk 8853Punk 4400Punk 1102Punk 2534Punk 4804Punk 9938Punk 1638Punk 6672Punk 1757Punk 6921Punk 6150Punk 5947Punk 1539Punk 3193Punk 2388Punk 6921
Number of Bids
1316
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 2329Punk 5056Punk 1759Punk 2549Punk 2844Punk 7763Punk 5171Punk 9932Punk 1609Punk 4638Punk 7121Punk 0744Punk 5742Punk 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 2147
Total Value of Current Bids
147.88 ETH ($66,642.30 USD)
Average Bid
0.11 ETH ($50.64 USD)
Recently Sold
(see all)
Punk 4045Punk 1948Punk 1584Punk 7452Punk 1854Punk 1537Punk 9655Punk 7646Punk 4523Punk 3732Punk 8237Punk 3010Punk 3326Punk 7478Punk 6658Punk 2099Punk 9677Punk 8640Punk 9162Punk 2111Punk 1832Punk 1791Punk 1788Punk 1778Punk 1767Punk 1690Punk 1677Punk 1558Punk 3946Punk 9539Punk 7407Punk 2586Punk 2728Punk 4534Punk 3234Punk 3179Punk 8635Punk 3376Punk 3931Punk 1769Punk 1762Punk 1589Punk 1770Punk 1796Punk 1880Punk 1808Punk 1830Punk 1852Punk 1853Punk 8002Punk 7422Punk 7528Punk 5288Punk 4334Punk 5433Punk 6752Punk 3382Punk 6248Punk 5480Punk 5397Punk 4956Punk 8998Punk 8705Punk 3790Punk 5196Punk 5338Punk 6485Punk 7072Punk 5619Punk 3641Punk 6620Punk 6621Punk 6685Punk 2851Punk 9449Punk 8583Punk 4824Punk 8276Punk 4326Punk 2501Punk 6514Punk 9875Punk 4634Punk 4893Punk 3540Punk 9688Punk 5318Punk 3888Punk 8231Punk 2874Punk 9645Punk 5946Punk 6527Punk 6610Punk 8698Punk 6063
Total Value of Punks Sold
667.14 ETH ($300,646.60 USD)
Average Sale Price
0.37 ETH ($165.55 USD)
Estimated Market Cap
2,398.69 ETH ($1,080,971.69 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 #8060 for 0.3 ETH ($135.19 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.