A pretty fucking legitimate site about Coinye

(do your own research bitches)

Still not dead

Another day, another Coinye rip-off. This time somebody launched an ERC-20 token using the name Coinye (and same logo) on the BASE network.

This website is about the OG crypto Coinye, launched in 2014 and tradable on freixlite.com!

Technical Details

Algorithm: Scrypt
Block time: ± 90 Seconds
Max Coins: 133,333,333,333
Difficulty re-target Time: 12 hours (every 480 blocks)
Every 100k blocks, the payout halves
Boss key

Trade Coinye at FreiXLite.com!


Although you should know better than to download dubious software from dubious sites, here are the download links to the wallets.

Windows Installer
The all-in-one installer, read more about it here
Windows (.zip)
The Old And Original One
Linux QT-Wallet
Compiled from source on Ubuntu 14 32bit. May not work on more recent versions of Linux.
Linux Daemon Only
Compiled from source on Ubuntu 14 32bit. May not work on more recent versions of Linux.
Other linux versions:
Here's a collection of builds, install notes, scripts and other stuff to help you going on Linux. If virtualization is the way for you to go, the install scripts should help you turn a fresh Ubuntu 14 or 16 cointainer into a running node with one command.
Mac OS X
Hey, if you have a Mac... that's okay! Really!!
The OG Repository / source code
This is *the* actual/official Coinye repository, perhaps the one and only "official" thing still left by The Original Devs. As the story goes, they left after a week, and there hasn't been any activity since 2014.
Bityecoin repository
A new repository and some active development! It currently contains 3 repositories with various differences. They all should play nice with the original gangster wallet, but running customized wallets (or anything else for that matter) from github obviously doesn't come with any guarantees.
Don't forget, you could also use the following services as wallet:
  • The TipperCoinye - the Twitter Tipper bot can receive and hold coinye, and allows you to transfer it to another address. So effectively you use your twitter address as a Coinye wallet.
  • FreiXLite won't allow you to mine to your coinye address, but appart from that, you can deposit coinye to your account, and withdraw - so it counts as a wallet. (Of course you can also trade there!)


More technical information about the daemon can be found here.


Yessss!!!! Really. It's absolutely fucking true: You can trade ACTUAL coinye for ACTUAL litecoin!!


Block Explorers
Use any of these to see the beating heart of Coinye: the Block Chain!
Coinye Unofficial
An alternative site about Coinye with an actual forum.
Wikipedia: Coinye
The debate on Wikipedia has been really intense! Any edits about Coinye showing any sign of life is usually edited away within 24 hours (go, try it yourself. Maybe if enough people have a go at it, the unknown adversary forces might give up some day...). Arguably, this goes to show that Coinye is all but dead!! Although i'm sure we all love Wikipedia a lot and use it every day, let the Coinye article be a good and clear showcase of when Wikipedia is not the most reliable source. A few things that keep re-appearing on the article, that are evidently not true:
  • There never was a lawsuit, just the threat of one. A few people have posted the Cease & Desist letter they got from (back then still named) Kanye's lawyers. There are a few articles, one linked on Wikipedia cited as evidence for the lawsuit, but these articles only refer to the C&D letters.
  • Interestingly, the first linked-to article has a little update that says: Hey, it's not *gone*, just it's original developers have said they have abandoned the project.
  • People have been mining Coinye all the time! Mining (thus: block generation, thus: functionality) has not disappeared over the last years, not in 2017 as the article says. Use one of the block-explorers (1) (2) to see for yourself!

Do your own research kids! And stay vigilant!!

Coinye on Reddit.com
Home of the reddit Coinye tipperbot and as many gayfish as you can imagine!
Coinye related groups on Telegram:
t.me/Coinye started out as some scammy advertisement, but attracted a few genuine gay fish nontheless
t.me/coinye_chat Chat for coinye enthusiasts, usually a good place to get support, both technical as well as mental.
IRC - Currently unavailable... :(
Unfortunately the good old #CoinyeCoin channel on Freenode is not available anymore... unfortunately with it, died Botye the IRC bot and the chat-box on this site... Sorry for the inconvenience, and we'll be looking for an alternative hopefully soon.
For all you tinkerers, mad scientists and digital alchemists, here's a block-explorer that lets you explore this tiny little testnet we're running.
Coinye on BitCoinTalk
Anybody still active there? You never know...

Mining Pools

Gay fish need gay fish pools!

This pool requires you to make an account, but in return, you automatically participate in a free daily coinye giveaway!
This pool doesn't require an account, just use your coinye receive address as username and get mining!


Tweet your receive address and @gayFishBot, and the GayFishBot will pick up your tweet and reward it with an amount of Coinye (somewhere between 10 and 140 Coinye) and usually an insult or two.
Yes. It's not *just* a mining pool, but one with such generousity, it counts as a faucet too! Members randomly get Coinye every day, so get mining!


Sometimes when you're unhappy and lonely, and your wallet won't synchronize, know that you're not alone in BrokeBack Ocean. Add these nodes to your config file, to make your wallet connect to active nodes, and make it synchronize again.

The Coinye wallet is based on (an old version of) the LiteCoin wallet. Unfortunately you can't add nodes in the debug-window (yet), but you can add them to your coinyecoin.conf file. The format under config is what you need to paste (the extra info after # is just seen as comment/ignored).

On restart the client will try and connect to all nodes specified in the config and ask them for more nodes, so one working node should be enough to get you started. (See these instructions for more info.)

ip port city country client 59173 Surabaya ID /Aquaman:2.2.0/ 1221 Melbourne AU /Aquaman:2.2.0/ 41338 Etobicoke CA /Aquaman:2.2.0/ 15242 Amsterdam NL /Aquaman:2.2.0/ 36946 Kerkrade NL /Aquaman:2.2.0/ 34964 Nürnberg DE /Aquaman:2.2.0/ 50288 Cikupa ID /Aquaman:2.2.0/ 63984 Chantilly US /Aquaman:2.2.0/ 41338 Eindhoven NL /Satoshi:0.6.4/ 54500 Düsseldorf DE /Aquaman:2.2.0/ 29966 Oslo NO /Aquaman:2.2.0/ 44746 Klaipėda LT /Aquaman:2.2.0/
2001:448a:2040:ad8b:1035:d72c:5a2f:af33 41338 Jakarta ID /Aquaman:2.2.0/
2a02:a469:c2e2:1:447b:96ff:fe40:8e81 40896 Amsterdam NL
2a02:a469:c2e2:1:acb0:17ff:fede:8d14 47488 Amsterdam NL /Satoshi:0.6.4/
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Coinye?

Coinye is a cryptocurrency like BitCoin. Technically, it's actually quite similar to Litecoin (one of Bitcoins first siblings), from which it was forked in early 2014. This was around the time when people just started to realize one could easily make a brand new cryptocurrency by cloning the (open source) software from another coin, tweaking a few parameters, slapping a name and logo on it, and last but not least... try to raise some attention for it.

Raising attention is what Coinye initially did. Being based on a South Park episode (Fishdicks - S13E05) in which rapper Kanye West (now "Ye") does not get a joke about [him] being a gay fish, Real-life-Kanye imitated Art-Kanye beautifully by not going along with the parody nature of the new cryptocurrency and sending in his lawyers.

The Original Developers disappeared into obscurity. It's not publicly known if they settled or avoided prosecution altogether. Various news outlets declared Coinye for dead. Kanye continued being Kanye (until he stopped and started being Ye), and Coinye continued existing, being ran by various users over the world. This makes Coinye not only one of the very first Parody alt-coins, but also a very interesting use case of the resillience of decentralized networks in the face of censorship and legal threats.

Where is the REAL official site?
As with all cryptocurrencies, Coinye is just a peer-to-peer network. It runs by itself (or rather it's ran by all its users collectively), so there is no authority to who has the real official site. Incidentally, the guys who started Coinye are still anonymous.
I heard about Coinye and that it died after Kanye sued it?
Lies! Fake news! First of all, Coinye is alive and never stopped. Secondly nobody actually got sued; some angry letters were sent by Kanyes lawyers. A judge did allow Kanye West to go after the identities of The Original Devs, but there doesn't seem to exist much proof he ever found them. As far as anybody knows, they just left, leaving Coinye to probably be the most decentralized crypto of them all!
What's all this stuff with gay fish and fishsticks
Much of the joke originates from South Park Season 13 episode 5. It's a good place to start.
More reading
  • Link, Mirrored This is one of the Cease & Desist letters sent by one of Kanye's lawyers ( Brad D. Rose). The e-mail address CoinyeWest@gmail.com to which it was addressed was operated anonymously by [one of] The Orignal Devs.
  • Link, Mirrored CoinyeWest@gmail.com's reply: Ok, let's not be friends, we changed the logo into a gayfish, now leave us alone.
  • Mirrored, Amended Complaint by Brad D. Rose. It dates Febuary 28, 2014, so a few weeks after launch. It contains Kanye's [lawyers] side of the story, including the gross misunderstandings about cryptocurrencies, the "First of all Kanye is a genius"-rant that could have been straight from the South Park episode, and the offer the Original Devs made to Kanye before launch.
  • Dive deeper into the history of the original Coinyeco.in website in the WayBackMachine. Note how The Original Developers did not fail to seize the opportunity to milk the South Park "Fishdicks" joke once more on January 24, 2014. Interestingly, this is *after* the site read "COINYE IS DEAD. You win, Kanye.", which prompted most news media to report Coinye for dead.