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.
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.
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.
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.
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
to see for yourself!
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.
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
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.
these instructions for more info.)
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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 (Fishticks - 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 in 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
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
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.