So you’d like to support Namecoin? Great! There are several ways you can help keep Namecoin strong.
Donations help our developers pay the bills, and sometimes can even enable new developers to join the project. You can donate to the Namecoin project here.
Buy (and wear) merchandise
Our friends at Cypher Market sell Namecoin-branded merchandise (e.g. T-shirts and stickers). Not only is this a great way to spread the word, but Cypher Market also donates a cut of the profits to support Namecoin development.
Run a full node
Full nodes (Namecoin Core nodes) are the core of the Namecoin P2P network. The more people run full nodes, and the more geographically and jurisdictionally diverse those full nodes are, the stronger the Namecoin P2P network becomes. Please consider running Namecoin Core on as many of the following networks as you can:
- IPv4 (preferably allowing incoming connections)
- IPv6 (preferably allowing incoming connections)
- Ephemeral Tor onion service (docs)
- Stable Tor onion service (docs)
Do you enjoy living on the cutting edge? Are you highly skilled at breaking things? You can help us by testing beta releases of Namecoin software, and letting us know what we can improve.
Do you have a website? Register a
.bit domain for it with Namecoin, enable TLS on it, and tell your website’s visitors that they can optionally access your site via Namecoin.
Don’t have a website? Ask your favorite websites’ operators to get a
Improve decentralized exchange liquidity
Decentralized exchanges offer better security and privacy than centralized exchanges. You can help make decentralized exchanges easier to use by posting buy and sell offers on them. See the list of decentralized exchanges here.
Run a DNS seed
DNS seeds help Namecoin users find peers. You can run a DNS seed via dnsseeder (use the
namecoin.json config file). Typical bandwidth usage is approximately 2.5 MB per day. Please consider running a DNS seed on both IPv4 and IPv6. If you’ve set up a DNS seed, let us know so we can add it to the client.
Run an ElectrumX server
ElectrumX servers help Electrum-NMC users synchronize the blockchain more quickly and securely. You can run one by installing ElectrumX (set
COIN=Namecoin). Please consider running ElectrumX on as many of the following networks as you can, for both mainnet and testnet:
- Raw IPv4 address
- Raw IPv6 address
- Domain name pointing to IPv4 address
- Domain name pointing to IPv6 address
- Tor onion service
If you’ve set up an ElectrumX server, let us know so we can add it to the client.
Do you mine Bitcoin at a mining pool? Consider using a Bitcoin mining pool that also merge-mines Namecoin. You can help keep Namecoin mining decentralized by using the lowest-hashrate pool available that still meets your requirements, or by using P2Pool or solo-mining.
Is our documentation not clear about (or just plain missing) something? Are you good at creating text, image, or video tutorials? You can help us by improving our documentation. Talk to us (Matrix or IRC preferred) and we’ll be happy to assist.
Are you a coder? We’d love some help coding Namecoin! Talk to us (Matrix or IRC preferred) and we’ll find some tasks that are well-suited to your interests and skill set.
Tell your friends
Are you a journalist? Do you have a social media platform? Heck, do you just have a few like-minded friends? Spread the word about Namecoin and why it matters to you.