MultiBit Bitcoin Wallet Leapfrogs Coinbase to Reach 1.5 Million Downloads

Since its launch in April 2011, MultiBit's bitcoin wallet has been downloaded a total of 1,517,000 times.

AccessTimeIconMar 11, 2014 at 3:21 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 11, 2021 at 10:31 a.m. UTC

Bitcoin wallet provider MultiBit has passed an important milestone – its one millionth download.

In fact, since nobody was actually keeping track, their one-million milestone came and went without anyone noticing and the current figure is much higher.

When the MultiBit team was recently asked how many downloads had occurred since launch, they crunched a few numbers to reveal that the wallet had in fact been downloaded a total of 1,517,000 times since April 2011. The team pointed out:

"The figures have been adjusted down to take into account various DoS attacks and are based on the overall bandwidth attributed to the various installers rather than an arbitrary hit count, which is quite misleading." 

MultiBit also said that it does not have records from the early days when it was only used by the bitcoinj mailing list. However, the team believes that the download figures for this period were below 100 per month.

Version 2.0

The MultiBit development team is currently working hard on the next version of the wallet app, dubbed MultiBit HD.

MultiBit HD is designed for mainstream bitcoin users across the world, but there is still no word on the launch date, or which new features are to be integrated.

MultiBit is one of the few bitcoin wallets to feature support for multiple languages and, in its latest release, it supports more than 35.

The wallet is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux and is free to use – although it is 'donation ware', with  the team suggesting a donation of 0.01 BTC from those who find it useful.

Ahead of the competition

Oddly enough, with 1.5m downloads, MultiBit seems to have shifted significantly more wallets than and Coinbase, which both recently announced the passing of their one-million wallet milestones.

Both MultiBit and saw a massive spike in the number of downloads in the second half of 2013.

Blockchain started the year with fewer than 100,000 wallets and ended it with about a million. MultiBit's monthly download chart speaks for itself.


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