[Tutorial] How To Fork Bitcoin
This tutorial will teach you how to fork the bitcoin network:
Module 1 Building From Source
Build your development environment from bitcoin core and supporting libraries.
Unit 1 Bitcoin Forking Quiz
Unit 2 Introduction To Forking
Unit 3 Bitcoin Core
Module 2 Implementing The Protocol Fork
Build a new blockchain and begin mining from the genesis block.
Unit 1 Hard Fork
Module 3 Managing Updates
Managing updates for your bitcoin fork.
Unit 1 Network Synchronization
Module 4 Extra Content
Extra tutorial content.
Unit 1 TUT 1A: Optional Survey

Course Objectives:

Fork bitcoin and explore new applications for blockchain technology.

Course Length:

The length of the course is between 12 – 25 hours and can be taken at a moderate pace. The course is self-paced, meaning the student can proceed at the rate they wish without a hard deadline for completion. The materials contained are intended for an advanced audience.

Course Support:

  • Course materials are accessible on desktop and mobile devices
  • It can be taken at any time and at the student’s desired pace
  • Support forum is accessible to registered students

In this course we initiate a hard fork of the bitcoin protocol and begin running a new version of the bitcoin core software while mining a new blockchain.

Forking bitcoin involves running a new iteration of the bitcoin core repository. One of the most intriguing developments in the bitcoin industry is the growing trend of forking. With this practice, individuals can inherit the technology of the original bitcoin implementation (bitcoin core) and introduce new technical specifications and parameters running on an entirely new software ecosystem.

Already, many new “versions” of bitcoin have been created by forking the original source code. Many of these new implementations have targeted increased payment scalability and additional software use cases (such as the addition of a turing-complete scripting language).

In this course, we will guide the student on how to initiate a hard fork of the original bitcoin core implementation in order to create their own adjacent blockchain. This course is of particular interest to individuals:

  • creating their own cryptocurrency for investment and profitability potential
  • bringing new use cases for bitcoin and cryptocurrency to market
  • proposing methods to sustainably scale the bitcoin payment network

In this course, we will complete a “bare essential” hard fork of bitcoin core – meaning that we will target an upcoming block on the network timeline and create a parallel network with little or no new modifications to the source code.

Additional tutorials attempt more advanced implementations such as:

  • alternative scaling methods (increasing the average block size and block data limit)
  • introducing a turing-complete scripting language to the blockchain platform (Solidity/JavaScript) for programmable applications
  • Examining and enabling previously disabled opt-codes (done for security purposes in early development)

Please note that this area of bitcoin research is at the cutting edge of the industry. Therefore, we advise the student to come prepared with knowledge on the following prerequisites:

  • Intermediate understanding of bitcoin and software engineering
  • Basic knowledge of C++ programming
  • Intermediate understanding of software development environments and computer networking
  • Basic understanding of internet protocols and how information is secured using the blockchain

Required before taking this course:

  • Storage capacity may be necessary in excess of 10 GB
  • Willingness to challenge existing beliefs and assumptions

Course Instructor, Travis Patron

Mr. Patron is a bitcoin course instructor and regular contributor of research and literature to Diginomics Corporation. His fascination with digital technologies lies in their ability to connect and empower people around the world.

[Tutorial] How To Fork Bitcoin



In this tutorial we teach you how to fork the bitcoin network.

Course contents are available on desktop and mobile devices.

Blockchain timestamped certificate may be available to passing students.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Are we forking from the existing blockchain in this course or creating a new chain entirely?

A. We are forking from only the existing and current blockchain ledger in this tutorial.

Q. Will I need to download a full node of the blockchain in this tutorial?

A. In order to perform a hard fork of the bitcoin network, without relying on a third party service, it is necessary to download a full copy of the blockchain ledger.

Q. Which software repositories are we using in the course?

A. We cover bitcoin core among other software repositories in the course.

Q. Does forking bitcoin cost me anything?

A. Forking bitcoin software only requires the inputs of computing resources and electricity. Once a student has the knowledge to fork bitcoin, they can repeat the practice as often as they like.