4 Best Free and Open Source Tools to Track Cryptocurrencies

A cryptocurrency is a digital or virtual currency that is secured by cryptography, which makes it nearly impossible to counterfeit or double-spend. Typically it does not exist in physical form (like paper money) and is also typically not issued by a central authority. Instead, there’s decentralized control.

Cryptocurrencies have not only had an impact on the world’s expectations surrounding money. They’ve also continued to evolve since the first Bitcoin block was mined back in 2009. Since then, thousands of unique cryptocurrencies have appeared.

Of these, Bitcoin remains the most popular. Some economists, including several Nobel laureates, have characterized it as a speculative bubble.

To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 4 tools that let you monitor changes in the prices of cryptocurrencies. Hopefully there will be something of interest here for anyone interested in monitoring and trading cryptocurrencies.

Our rating chart captures our verdict. All of the software is free and open source.

Ratings chart

cointop and markets are no longer under development but are still functional.

Let’s explore the 4 cryptocurrency tools at hand. Click the links in the table below to learn more about each tool.

Track Cryptocurrencies
cointopMonitor cryptocurrencies in the terminal
CryptonoseDesktop application that keeps track of significant price movements
Digital AssetsCryptocurrencies prices and statistics
marketsTrack stock, currency, and cryptocurrency

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2 years ago

I really don’t understand how cryptocurrencies really work.