Your Guide to Upcoming Bitcoin Forks December 2017 – January 2018 (and Beyond)

The following Bitcoin forks have been announced (although not every one is confirmed as legit). They are Super Bitcoin, Bitcoin Platinum, Bitcoin Cash Plus, Bitcoin Silver, Bitcoin Uranium, and Bitcoin God.

We will update the list as more occur, for now this is your guide to Bitcoin forks from December 2017 – January 2018.

To be clear, this is not a joke (and further that does say “God” and not “Gold,” there are no typos above).

These Bitcoin forks could end up not being real, but as far as we know at this point, they are real [see notes below for specifics on each coin, so far Bitcoin Platinum is rumored to be fake].

In other words, over the next month or so (December – January) there will potentially be as many as six Bitcoin forks. That means Bitcoin holders could get “free coins” six times (or if all turn out to be fake, zero times).

Each fork occurs at a block number (AKA block height). Thus, below we will list the forks and their block number alongside a short description, an approximate date when we have one, and the “official” URL (the URL of the coin or the closest thing we could find when that wasn’t an option).

Without further ado:

  1. Super Bitcoin (SBTC): A smart contract (like Ethereum) based Bitcoin. Block 498888. http://www.supersmartbitcoin.com/index.html.
  2. Bitcoin Platinum (BTP): According to the site, “Satoshi’s original vision of Decentralized Electronic Cash.” Around December 12th. Blocks 497757 / 498533.  https://bitcoinplatinum.github.io/ko.html TIP: Bitcoin Platinum is rumored to be fake see: Bitcoin Platinum Created By South Korean Teenager As a Scam, Local Market Erupts.
  3. Bitcoin Cash Plus (BCP): According to the site, “fulfilling the original promise of Bitcoin.” Around January 2nd, 2018. Block 501407. http://www.bitcoincashplus.org/
  4. Bitcoin Silver (BTCS): According to a BitcoinTalk forum, the coin aims to “Make Bitcoin Decentralized Again.” Apparently it occurs “in December.” The site was up, but now its down. That doesn’t bode well. https://bitcoinsilver.io/ – so see bitcointalk.org instead – https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2311582.0.
  5. Bitcoin Uranium (BUM): According to a BitcoinTalk forum, the coin aims to “Make Bitcoin Great Again.” Apparently it occurs “in December.” https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2316506
  6. Bitcoin God: No premining, it’s apparently a Christmas Present from Chinese Angel Investor Chandler Guo. Occurs Dec. 25. https://cointelegraph.com/news/forgive-me-father-for-i-have-forked-investor-to-release-bitcoin-god

TIP: See block explorer for the current block height to get an idea when a given fork will occur.

NOTE: “Being in Bitcoin for a given fork” is sensible. You should not however try to claim or buy any of the above coins without confirmation from some major wallets or exchanges that the coin is live and stable. There is very likely to be people out there creating fake wallets, directions, buying opportunities, etc.

In other words, Super Bitcoin is the most interesting and a move toward smart contracts, Bitcoin Platinum and Bitcoin Cash Plus are both Bitcoin Cash competitors (competitors for Bitcoin as a currency), and Bitcoin Silver and Bitcoin Uranium are both Bitcoin Gold competitors (as a value store and aimed at miners), and lastly Bitcoin God is a Christmas present from Chandler Guo.

This may seem crazy, but if you think of these like user activated dividends it starts making a little bit more sense.

Make sure to be in a wallet that supports the forks (Coinomi has been good about this), an exchange like Binance with a good record of supporting forks, or otherwise in control of your private keys when the forks occur (for example in a wallet like Bitcoin Core)!

TIP: If you didn’t catch it, most of those forks have rather absurd tag lines like “make Bitcoin great again.” Now, with that said, Bitcoin Gold had such a tagline and ended up being real. Thus, be skeptical, but be prepared in case some of these do end up being actual forks.

More than just the forksBitcoin United is another potential Bitcoin product (of sorts). It isn’t clear if this project is a fork or is an attempt to create another coin. It seems to have two associated URLs http://united-bitcoin.com/ and http://www.ub.com/ (this however is not the same as https://unitedbitcoin.net/). It is unclear which if any is “the official link.”  The problem with this project is that it has been in the works for a while, and it hasn’t become any clearer if it is legit or not. See an article from July: What Is Bitcoin United and Should You Trust It? Not much has changed since July.

NOTE: Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin Gold, and Bitcoin Diamond forks all occurred. Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin Gold ended up being real. Bitcoin Diamond the verdict is still out on. People dismissed Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin Gold before they occurred, it is easy to be dismissive, but its far safer assume the forks are real (and thus to be careful sending Bitcoins after they occur and to make sure you are in Bitcoin before the fork).

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What do you think?

Sunday Keller on

Can you release a step by step guide on how to properly receive these forked coins. I’m very confused on how to do so. Preferably the wallet route. Or a link to a step by step wallet explanation, what wallet to have.. what do you do once you have the wallet and receive keys. etc ,

Thomas DeMichele
Thomas DeMichele on

Will do, good thinking.

In general, step one is simply having your bitcoin in a full node wallet like the Bitcoin Core wallet for “the snapshot date.” https://bitcoin.org/en/download . If you do this step, then you own the new coin (you can wait to claim it, it won’t go anywhere, owning it means you own the private keys to the transaction on the blockchain… if it was true for Bitcoin, it is now true for the new coin).

Step two is configuring the official wallet (or a supported wallet) of the new coin. The official site of said will generally clue you into how to do this. The new chain has to go live before you can do anything. Generally you’ll want to wait until someone else has tried it, Medium and Hacker Noon are two examples of sites who tend to post how-tos shortly after a new coin goes live.

Otherwise you need to deal with the specific directions of a wallet (for example Trezor).

Meanwhile, if you have your Bitcoin on an exchange, and that exchange embraces the fork, they handle everything for you. For these reasons Binance is a decent choice, as they not only handle it for you… they will generally give you access to futures on day 1 or before (Meaning: risks of keeping your Bitcoin on an exchange aside, Binance has historically been a good choice).

bla on

coins on binance, done.

Thomas DeMichele
Thomas DeMichele on

Yes. With the note that leaving your coins on an exchange carriers risk. Risks including: 1. hacks (so use two factor authentication and set all security settings) and 2. exchanges closing up and running off with your coins (unlikely with major exchanges, but it is a risk).

Michael R on

How do I know if my exchange will support the upcoming forks. And, is it safe(recommended) to leave my coin in an exchange while waiting for a fork?

I know it’s recommended to leave in an exchange generally.

I’d hate to just miss out on forks. heh

thanks

michael R on

meant to write “NOT” recommended to leave in an exchange generally.

Thomas DeMichele
Thomas DeMichele on

Honestly, every traders spends a good bit of the day with “their coins on an exchange.” While it is true that every once in a while we hear a horror story, moving a portion of your bitcoin to binance in hopes that they release futures of the upcoming forks is a fairly rational move.

There are risks in using an exchange for long term storage in theory, and of course there is potential for problems even in the short term (if say the exchange decides to claim they were hacked or run off with everyone’s crypto). However, moves like that end exchanges for good. Thus, it is unlikely. So, for the 24 hours or so surrounding the fork that one would move to binance, I think its a good risk/reward ratio.

Keeping the majority of your funds in a Bitcoin Core wallet and a smaller portion on binance (or another exchange who announces they will support the fork) is a good strategy for the upcoming forks… as long as you understand that moving funds to an exchange inherently carries with it some risk.

Serious question on

Can you add a detailed article explaining how to create these forked coins. I want to create a dozen of them and make a lambo or two from each of them.

Kaan on

Hello,

Will there be a list of wallets that support the hard fork? Will every BTC owner with a private key have a right to receive forked coins?

Thank you.

Thomas DeMichele
Thomas DeMichele on

Every fork is different. You need to check the FAQ of third party wallets and exchanges. Full node wallets like Bitcoin Core (or generally wallets where you directly control your private keys) will qualify you for all forks by default. So Bitcoin Core, doesn’t matter if they accept it or not, it is automagic (but you have to configure the new wallet of the new coin), third party like Trezor is generally cool about this, but you need to check their FAQ.

Annoyingly, wallets and exchange tend to release, at best, announcements only days before the fork if at all. So “check the FAQ/Blog” can sometimes be a pointless effort.

Maxwell T on

What about coinbase? I have accounts otherwise but since I am new I am just getting the feel for everything. Will this fork reflect The wallets hold there?

Thomas DeMichele
Thomas DeMichele on

Coinbase is an awesome and pro company… they however are amazingly slow embracing forks. The Bitcoin Cash fork happened in August, they will be releasing user’s Bitcoin Cash January 1st. One can assume, and they have eluded this is true, that they will do this for each stable fork that comes out.

So on one hand, yes they would be expected to credit you with any stable forked coin. However, you’ll be waiting Months (with a capital M).

Now consider though, anyone who got their forked Bitcoin Cash in August probably sold it for $300 thinking they were clever. Meanwhile, by the time Coinbase gets around to it, it could be $2k. Coinbase in this sense could be seen as doing you an indirect favor.

I use coinbase despite all the annoyances because I like using an insured US based company (crypto is risky enough; they have their flaws, but I like the assurance). That said, I don’t keep my crypto all in one place, and think core wallet, trezor, and temporarily on an exchange like Bittrex or Binance are all valid moves. Each move has risks and rewards. If you don’t understand the risks and rewards, do more research. There is always risk. So for that reason I can’t fully recommend any option (as on the off chance that it goes poorly, I don’t want to be the guy who said “do this one”… that adds yet another risk for me, and no one needs more risk here 😀 ).

sparnuk on

Very helpful hints thank you
Could you comment CEX.IO as well

Thomas DeMichele
Thomas DeMichele on

Sure. I’ll check it out and write a review.

spanuk on

Does cloud mining platforms like genesis mining or hashflare support forks? Will I get new currencies if I have balances on this cloud mining wallets?

Thomas DeMichele
Thomas DeMichele on

That is a great question. I would say that your best bet is to check with the given platform (their FAQ, blog, forum, write their support, etc).

Any service where you control your own wallet and the pool transfers funds to you, obviously you control your keys so you are fine. Any service where the wallet is on their platform (like it is with an exchange) then you have to deal with their ruleset.

@outerground on

coinomi backed bitcoincash and bitcoin gold. no doubt they will support any stable forks. how many forks though before Bitcoin loses credibility. I recently joked on steemit it would be 26 (dimensions in string theory) and I jokingly listed a while list of precious metals, stones and semi precious ones too. when we get to Bitcoin garnet, It’s probably all over

Thomas DeMichele
Thomas DeMichele on

Coinomi has been a good choice so far as well, good call on that. I agree there.

The fork thing is a little bit like Pokemon, which I think those creating the forks get (hence their semi-laughable tag lines).

That said, any chance we get to get a sort of dividend payout is fine with me. I’m personally looking forward to Bitcoin Sapphire 😉

Wendy Coin on

What about Bitcoin United? http://www.ub.com/

Thomas DeMichele
Thomas DeMichele on

This is a project in the works, don’t think they have announced a fork yet. Good call though. I’ll add it to the list. Remember, any or all of these could end up being bogus. This one is no exception. You can also find the website here: http://united-bitcoin.com/.

@outerground (steemit) on

in the current climate of Bitcoin madness any fork is likely to generate even more excitement ! at what point will the establishment attempt to put a stop to butcoin’s meterotric rise ? I reckon somewhere between 60-100k

it will be like trying to kill the hydra. people want a new economic structure, post capitalist with an equity stake. this generation is a whole lot more clued up, less compliant and willing to challenge the hegemony than the last.. ironically it is they who own the wealth tied up in property and pensions.. perhaps not for much longer

nukri on

block number 498888 was mined today.
So what? what about fork
Is Super bitcoin alive?

Thomas DeMichele
Thomas DeMichele on

Let’s assume this is a legit fork. If, then: Super Bitcoin snapshot has been taken by the Super Bitcoin team. The team will now prepare the launch of the new chain. One it is live you can claim the coins (by configuring a third party wallet, waiting for it to be credited on an exchange, downloading the proper wallet if you have your private keys, etc). In the meantime, if you had your coins on binance, you now have Super Bitcoin futures.

Don’t go rushing around trying to follow internet directions until there is clear confirmation the chain is live and stable (likely an event that is weeks out at this point).

JACKAL on

scam forks — F these forks #$#$# forks scams scams

Thomas DeMichele
Thomas DeMichele on

That may be the case, perhaps in each instance. Time will tell.

Stanley C on

Hello…how about using Electrum wallet during these forks? Have anyone try to claim for previous Bitcoin CASH or Gold with Electrum?

Thomas DeMichele
Thomas DeMichele on

From what I understand Electrum, like coinomi, tend to be good choices for forks. You can’t claim a new fork until the chain is live though.

See this article for some explainers on what this was like with these wallets and Bitcoin Gold: https://bitcoinmagazine.com/articles/beginners-guide-claiming-your-bitcoin-gold-and-selling-it/

BTCJuugg on

Thank you for compiling all the above information!