Bitcoin Forks — Can it Happen Again?

Bitcoin, the first cryptocurrency, has seen its fair share of forks over the years. These forks have created new cryptocurrencies with similar or different characteristics to Bitcoin. But what are forks, and can they happen again?

Drake Flyer
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3 min readApr 16, 2023


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What is a fork?

It’s cutlery.

It’s a crypto thing as well.

A fork happens when a blockchain diverges into two separate paths. This can occur due to a change in the rules or consensus mechanism governing the blockchain. When this happens, the original blockchain continues to exist, and a new blockchain is created with its own set of rules.

So, when it comes to forks in the world of Bitcoin, there are two types: hard forks and soft forks.

A hard fork is like when you and your friend can’t agree on what toppings to put on a pizza, so you decide to split it in half and make two different pizzas. In the same way, a hard fork occurs when the new rules of the blockchain don’t agree with the old rules, and the result is a split in the blockchain. The nodes running the old software can’t recognize the new blocks, so they part ways and do their own thing.

On the other hand, a soft fork is like when you and your friend agree on all the toppings for your pizza, but you decide to add one more topping to yours. Your friend can still recognize your pizza as a pizza, even though it has an extra topping. In the same way, a soft fork is a change to the blockchain’s rules that is backward-compatible. Nodes running the old software can still recognize the new blocks, resulting in a unified blockchain.

Bitcoin Forks

Bitcoin has experienced several forks throughout its history, each creating a new cryptocurrency with different characteristics. Some of the most well-known forks include:

Bitcoin Cash (BCH): In August 2017, Bitcoin Cash was created as a result of a hard fork in the Bitcoin blockchain. The primary motivation behind Bitcoin Cash was to increase the block size limit to improve transaction speed and reduce fees.

Bitcoin Gold (BTG): Bitcoin Gold was created in October 2017 as a result of a hard fork in the Bitcoin blockchain. Its primary motivation was to make Bitcoin mining more accessible to individual miners by changing the mining algorithm.

Bitcoin Diamond (BCD): Bitcoin Diamond was created in November 2017 as a result of a hard fork in the Bitcoin blockchain. Its primary motivation was to increase the transaction speed and reduce fees further.

Bitcoin Private (BTCP): Bitcoin Private was created in March 2018 as a result of a hard fork in the Bitcoin and Zclassic blockchains. Its primary motivation was to combine the privacy features of Zclassic with the transaction speed and reduced fees of Bitcoin.

Can it happen again?

Yes, it is possible for Bitcoin to experience another fork. But nowadays, it is almost impossible. To do so, there needs to be a consensus among Bitcoin users to change the rules governing the blockchain. This can happen through a community-wide discussion or a proposal by a group of developers. Good luck with that “forkers”!

There is no set percentage of support required for a fork to happen. It ultimately depends on the consensus within the community and the level of support for the proposed changes.

In general, a hard fork requires a higher level of support than a soft fork because it involves a more significant change to the blockchain’s rules. A hard fork may require more than 50% of the mining power to support it to be successful.


In conclusion, Bitcoin forks have created new cryptocurrencies with different characteristics, and it is possible for Bitcoin to experience another fork in the future. However, for a fork to be successful, it requires significant community support, and it is crucial to consider the potential impact before implementing any changes to the Bitcoin blockchain.



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