What is Dash?¶
Dash aims to be the most user-friendly and scalable payments-focused cryptocurrency in the world. The Dash network features instant transaction confirmation, double spend protection, optional privacy equal to that of physical cash, a self-governing, self-funding model driven by incentivized full nodes and a clear roadmap for on-chain scaling to up to 400MB blocks using custom-developed open source hardware. While Dash is based on Bitcoin and compatible with many key components of the Bitcoin ecosystem, its two-tier network structure offers significant improvements in transaction speed, privacy and governance. This section of the documentation describes these and many more key features that set Dash apart in the blockchain economy.
Check out the official Dash website to learn how individuals and businesses can use Dash. The videos, links and documentation collected here can help you get started, or use the table of contents on the left to find a specific topic of interest. New users may be interested in getting started with an appropriate wallet, learning about how to buy Dash and where to spend Dash, learning about safety or joining one of the many Dash community sites.
Dash School is a six-part video series produced by Amanda B. Johnson. It explains Dash from a beginner's level up to descriptions of the more advanced features.
Dash 101 is an eight-part video series produced by Aaron Koenig. It covers unique features and functions only available on the Dash network, and is available in English, French, German, Spanish and Russian.
The Dash Whitepaper describes the unique value proposition and key innovations in Dash from an academic and theoretical perspective. It is a living document maintained as a GitHub wiki, receiving ongoing updates and frequent community translations as new features are implemented. Various other whitepapers describing particular features in additional detail and (for historical reasons) the original whitepaper are available for download as PDF files.