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Getting Started with Tezos

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Store and use Tez

Holding Tezos tokens (“tez”) enables one to interact with the Tezos blockchain. There are many wallets with which to store and use tez. Wallets listed below have undergone at least one independent external security audit.

Always remember: if you do not control your private keys, you do not control your tokens. Every user should make sure to exercise extreme care and take all available safety precautions when entering private key information anywhere. Any party or software, such as a wallet, that gains knowledge of private key information will have access to the tez controlled by the corresponding public key hash.

Note: Contributors to the Tezos Foundation’s fundraiser can get started via the Activate tab

*These links for wallets are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the Tezos Foundation of any of the products or services provided by those sites. The Tezos Foundation bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external sites or for that of subsequent links, or for the performance or lack thereof of any wallets provided by those sites. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.

Start Baking

Help secure the ledger

“Baking” is the act of signing and publishing blocks to the Tezos blockchain. Bakers are a crucial component of the Proof-of-Stake consensus mechanism by ensuring that all transactions in a block are correct, that the order of transactions is agreed upon, and that no double-spending has occurred.

Validate Transactions

Bakers validate all transactions and add them to the blockchain. If a baker behaves dishonestly, the protocol has a built-in mechanism that can cause them to lose their security deposit.

Earn Rewards

Bakers are rewarded with additional tez for securing the network.

Become a Baker

Request to join the baker chat room if you are building a baking operation. A community member runs the chat room and acts on these requests.

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Baking Slack
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Get started with the Tezos network

Take a look at these developer resources for specifics on how
Tezos operates and stay up to date.

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Start writing smart contracts with Michelson

Tezos smart contracts are written in Michelson, a domain-specific language which is stack based and strongly typed. Michelson was designed to facilitate formal verification, allowing users to prove properties of their contracts.

Michelson Documentation
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Tezos is built on OCaml

Tezos is implemented in OCaml, a powerful functional programming language offering speed and a rich set of libraries. OCaml is used by companies such as Bloomberg, Facebook, Jane Street Capital, and Docker in environments where safety is critical. Ocaml’s unambiguous syntax and semantic make Tezos a good candidate for formal proofs of correctness.

What is OCaml? Try OCaml Real-world OCaml

How To Get Started


Check Your Contribution

Click on the "Check Your Contribution" button below to check the recommended allocation of a given public key hash. Contributors may find their public key hashes on the PDF documents they created during the Foundation's fundraiser.

Check Your Contribution

Obtain Your Activation Code

Activation codes are required to access the recommended allocations of the corresponding public key hashes. In order to obtain these codes, contributors must complete the Foundation’s Know Your Customer / Anti-Money Laundering (“KYC/AML”) process. Contributors who have not completed this process may do so now.


Activate Your Recommended Allocation

Recommended allocations from the fundraiser must be activated before they can be accessed. A contributor may activate the recommended allocation of a given public key hash by using the Activation Tool. This tool may also reveal the blinded key of the given public key hash. Blinded keys, not public key hashes, are the keys that appear in the genesis block proposed by the Foundation, which may be found here.

A balance for a public key hash that was recommended an allocation will not appear on a Tezos block explorer until it has been activated. After a contributor has activated its recommended allocation, it may view the “Store and Use” page for information regarding storing and using its Tezos tokens (“tez”).

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