What is a fork? | Coinbase

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What is a fork?

Definition

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum are powered by decentralized, open-source software called a blockchain. A fork happens whenever a community makes a change to the blockchain’s protocol, or basic set of rules.
Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum are powered by decentralized, open software that anyone can contribute to called a blockchain. They’re called blockchains because they’re literally made up of blocks of data – picture a really long train – that can be traced all the wa
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