When you’re learning about and researching a certain cryptocurrency, it can be hard to find out where to buy it.
You won’t often find crypto projects’ websites and blogs telling you where to buy their native cryptocurrency. They have more important things to focus on—like building their platform, protocol or app.
Below, we teach you how to find where to buy a cryptocurrency you’re researching. We cover several popular websites as well as some apps that let you do this.
Finding Where to Buy Cryptocurrencies
There are thousands of crypto exchanges out there. Each of them lets you buy and sell different cryptocurrencies. If you have an account with CoinSpot, for example, you may want to buy a cryptocurrency they don’t have.
So how do you find out what crypto exchange to go to?
By going to certain websites and apps that give you a list of all the exchanges that offer a certain cryptocurrency.
Below, we show you how to do this on some of the most popular websites. (If you’re on mobile, we also mention some apps you can download that also let you find where to buy cryptocurrencies.)
CoinGecko is a widely used resource for finding where to buy cryptocurrencies. The CoinGecko website tracks over 6,000 cryptocurrencies and over 400 exchanges, making it an easy way to find key information on that cryptocurrency you’re after.
Once on the homepage, you’ll see a list of top 100 cryptocurrencies by market cap. You can either look manually for the cryptocurrency you’re after or just simply use the search bar.
Let’s say you’ve learnt about Bitcoin and now want to buy bitcoin (BTC). From CoinGecko’s homepage, what you’d do is click or tap ‘Bitcoin’. Once on the Bitcoin page, click ‘Markets’.
Once you’ve done that, you’ll see all the crypto exchanges you can buy BTC on. If you choose to buy BTC, all you’d do is select an exchange from CoinGecko’s list, sign up and buy BTC.
CoinMarketCap is one of the largest crypto websites out there. It’s the most referenced price-tracking website for cryptocurrencies and has deep information on individual cryptocurrencies. You can use CoinMarketCap to track, analyse and find where to buy thousands of cryptocurrencies.
Let’s say you’ve learnt about Ethereum and now want to buy ether (ETH)—which is the cryptocurrency native to the Ethereum blockchain.
When on the CoinMarketCap homepage, you’ll see a list of the most popular cryptocurrencies by market cap—similar to CoinGecko. Simply click on ‘Ethereum’ under the ‘Cryptocurrencies’ tab. (You could also type ‘ETH’ in the search bar and click ‘Ethereum (ETH)”.)
When on the Ethereum page, click the ‘Market’ tab.
You’ll then see a list of exchanges that you can buy ETH on. If you choose to buy ETH, all you’d do is select an exchange from CoinMarketCap’s list, sign up and buy ETH.
Messari is another useful resource for finding information on cryptocurrencies. They support hundreds of cryptocurrencies and have metrics to help you make the most informed decision possible.
Let’s say you’ve learnt about Maker (MKR) and now want to buy its Dai (DAI) stablecoin. From the Messari homepage, you’ll see a list of the top 15 cryptocurrencies by market cap. DAI isn’t on this list, so you’d use Messari’s search bar.
In the search bar next to ‘Asset’, type in the cryptocurrency you’re looking for—in this case, DAI. Once on the DAI page, click the ‘Exchanges’ tab under DAI’s price.
You’ll then see a list of exchanges that you can buy DAI on. If you choose to buy DAI, all you’d do is select an exchange from Messari’s list, sign up and buy DAI.
Apps to Find Where to Buy Cryptocurrencies
If you prefer using your phone to navigate the crypto world, there are many apps you can use to find where to buy a certain cryptocurrency.
CoinGecko has an app that—like its website—lets you find which exchanges have the cryptocurrencies you’re interested in. On the CoinGecko app, you can basically do everything you can on the website. For this resource, all you need to know is that CoinGecko’s app is another way to find exchange information on individual cryptocurrencies.
Delta is another widely used mobile app for finding where to buy cryptocurrencies. Above all, Delta is a crypto portfolio tracking app that can connect directly with various crypto exchanges you’re signed up to. In addition to having the information you need to find where to buy a certain cryptocurrency, Delta has other features including news and detailed crypto analyses.
Coin Stats is a free mobile app that tells you which exchanges list a certain cryptocurrency. It’s a widely used app among the crypto community and its features include portfolio tracking, charts, news, alerts and more. Coin Stats tracks over 5,000 cryptocurrencies and over 250 exchanges.
In this resource, we’ve taught you how to find where cryptocurrencies are listed. You now know where to go and what to look for. If you are unsure about the buying process or have other burning questions, see our guide on buying cryptocurrencies.