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About the Course

This first course of the Blockchain specialization provides a broad overview of the essential concepts of blockchain technology – by initially exploring the Bitcoin protocol followed by the Ethereum protocol – to lay the foundation necessary for developing applications and programming. You will be equipped with the knowledge needed to create nodes on your personal Ethereum blockchain, create accounts, unlock accounts, mine, transact, transfer Ethers, and check balances. You will learn about the decentralized peer-to-peer network, an immutable distributed ledger and the trust model that defines a blockchain. This course enables you to explain basic components of a blockchain (transaction, block, block header, and the chain) its operations (verification, validation, and consensus model) underlying algorithms, and essentials of trust (hard fork and soft fork). Content includes the hashing and cryptography foundations indispensable to blockchain programming, which is the focus of two subsequent specialization courses, Smart Contracts and Decentralized Applications (Dapps). You will work on a virtual machine image, specifically created for this course, to build an Ethereum test chain and operate on the chain. This hands-on activity will help you understand the workings of a blockchain, its transactions, blocks and mining. Main concepts are delivered through videos, demos and hands-on exercises....

Top reviews


Nov 18, 2018

This is an introductory course to Blockchain. The supplemented material (in other words self-study) is excellent and in my opinion is the only way to master the concepts and details of this discipline


Feb 4, 2022

Really learned a lot about the fundamentals of blockchain, being a software engineer looking into blockchain. It just got me up to speed with the underlying workflow of blockchain and more. loved it.

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By Neeraj R K

Oct 14, 2020

A great introductory course and I am extremely satisfied and happy to be a part of this course

By rakesh k

Sep 21, 2020

Really it was a course every beginner must opt for. The concepts were really very informative.


Apr 23, 2020

Excelente curso para iniciar en temas de blockchain, los conceptos explicados de forma simple.


Oct 1, 2021

Me agrado el curso y he iniciado el aprendizaje de esta tecnología que considero fascinante.

By Basit M

Dec 26, 2020

Wonderful experience with this course on the basics of blockchains. Well explained tutorials.

By Shern L

Sep 27, 2020

interesting topic, but really confusing for someone who has no experience or prior knowledge.

By Sridharan S

Aug 7, 2020

Very informative and well structured presentation.

Excellent reading material and references.

By Mayank L

May 4, 2020

Best for beginners as she has taught in a very efficient manner.One of the best tutors i had.

By Gbedonu B

Feb 12, 2020

It opened my eyes to what Blockchain really is, and I'd love to know more! Thanks Coursera.

By Raj R

Aug 5, 2019

Very educational. I recommend this course to anyone who wants to get started with Blockchain

By Sarfaraz B

Oct 25, 2018

Very good course for a starter. Step wise approach that given enough details to get started.

By Abhishek K T

Aug 10, 2018

Interesting evaluative components. Enjoyed the experiment using virtual machines in the end.

By Khaerul A

Sep 18, 2020

It's a great course, I understood the substantial and fundamental knowledge of blockchains.

By Chitra

Jun 6, 2020

Good course for beginners to start with to start analyzing the amazing world of Blockchain.

By Rajesh P

May 5, 2020

Simply loved the content and way of teaching. This course has been very insightful for me.

By Constant V

Jan 17, 2020

One of the better courses to get introduced in blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Well done.

By Ketan K

Mar 31, 2019

Good to learn Blockchain basics, this will definitely help improve my skills on BlockChain

By Tshepiso D

Jun 17, 2022

Very good course if you want to understand the basics of Blockchain, highly recommend it.

By Samyak J

Oct 19, 2019

best course for the beginners.Very nice additional resources and deep covering of topics.

By Ramya S K

Jun 25, 2019

clearly explained the fundamental concepts and the optional readings are really helpful.

By Alexandra C

Jan 13, 2019

Great introductory course for someone new to blockchain technology. Highly recommend it!

By Shubham Y

Feb 22, 2022

Nice course for complete beginners. I would recommend not to skip the reading materials.


Sep 6, 2021

The optional resources shared in this course are very easy to understand and helps a lot

By Sandra M G V

Aug 1, 2020

Excellent Course. Very easy to undersatnd the concepts. Thank you Professor Ramamurthy!!

By Muhammad B K

Jul 1, 2020

One of the best course on internet. Very well documented and teaching method is awesome.