This is a list of free or freemium tools and apps that are useful for cryptocurrency traders or hodlers.
None of these tools were backed by an ICO, which has been the original condition for getting a tool listed on here. Some of them are open source, some commercial, but all of them have at least a trial account option.
If you are a developer and want to submit a tool, contact us.
- Bot Trading
- Staking Tools and Services
- Market Screener
- Large Transaction monitoring
- Portfolio tracking
- Crypto Taxes
- Orderbook Monitoring
- Market Performance Metrics
- Crypto Charting Tools
- Social media sentiment
- Crypto News aggregators
- CoinMarketCap Alternatives
- Crypto Events
- OPSEC and Security Tools
Crypto Trading Bots
- Coinrule (free/premium)
For a fully automated TA-based trading, try the Coinrule bot. The interface is user friendly and intuitive. No coding required to write your trading strategy, no coding needed even to backtest it.
Coinrule is free for traded volumes below 3K USD per month. It’s good enough to test it, for after that get your 25% off with this link. Paid plans start at 29.9 USD per month, depending on your volume and number of active strategies.
Coinrule supports bot trading on big exchanges like Binance, Bitstamp, Kraken, Bitfinex, OKEx and more.
The company is based in London and has been around since 2016, but stayed under the radar due to the noise generated by the ICO bubble.
They did use that time to build their product as well as an extensive knowledge base. If nothing else, check at least that.
- Shrimpy (premium)
Shrimpy is an automated crypto trading bot designed for long-term investing strategies. The platform supports a range of trusted portfolio management features such as rebalancing, dollar-cost averaging, and portfolio stop-losses. In addition to setting up a custom strategy, investors can also copy strategies from other top traders on the platform.
The FREE Shrimpy plan only includes portfolio monitoring. PRO plans with strategy automation and trading bots start at $13/month.
- Exodus wallet for desktop - FREE
The Exodus crypto wallet supports staking directly from the wallet for Algorand, Cosmos, Cardano, Ontology, NEO, Tezos, and VeChain. Your coins are locked up for a pre-defined time period. The staking app provides information on how the reward is delivered and wtherther you need to claim it.
Staking in Exodus is available in desktop version only. Install the wallet and get the Exodus “Rewards” staking app from within the desktop wallet.
- Bitfinex Staking - No minimum deposit
Bitfinex exchange stakes your PoS coins automatically. Currently supported currencies on Bitfinex staking are Tron, EOS, Tezos, Cosmos, Algorand, Cardano, Polkadot, Ethereum 2.
All you need to do is deposit to the exchange wallet. The yields are lower, but there is a reason for that. More details in our article about staking wallets and services.
- AllNodes Staking Pools and Hosting - Revenue Percentage or Monthly Fee
AllNodes is the largest staking provider on the market. It is both a masternode and staking service, primarily catering towards larger holders. However, there are staking pools that have very low limits of holdings necessary to participate.
Allnodes integrate seamlessly with Ledger and Trezor hardware wallets. Whether you want to stake in a pool, run a validator or host a masternode, with AllNodes you can be up and running within minutes.
Staking pools usually take a cut of your yield. Masternode and validator setup incurs hosting costs per month.
FinViz is a stock, forex and crypto market screener. Crypto is the latest addition to this 10+ year old trading tool.
That sadly means you won’t get as many features as you get for stocks on FinViz, such as the feed of institutional and insider transactions pulled directly from SEC forms.
In its free version, FinViz Crypto is still a handy tool to get crypto charts of the 15 top crypto markets next to each other, together with a graph of the relative performance of top coins on their USD markets.
If you also trade forex and stocks, take a look at the Elite subscription.
Large Transaction Alerts
Wallet Scan is a Telegram bot that alerts you on large transaction on Bitcoin blockchain, on Tether and on several other major blockchains now.
If it is known where the transaction went to or from, it will tell you that too - many of exchange hot wallets have known addresses now.
There are plenty options to track the fiat value of your cryptocurrency portfolio.
Just Remember: Some portfolio tracking apps require you to sign up with an email address. For your security, avoid reusing an email address that you also use for an exchange or a web wallet.
- Blockfolio (Hacked 2021)
Currently the most popular app for portfolio tracking, which was hacked in February 2021. Blockfolio does not hold cryptocurrency, but the hack still exposed its users’ data to spammers and phishers well known by Ledger wallet owners.
- Coinloop (Blockfolio alternative for active traders)
Coinloop is a portfolio tracking app catered towards more active traders. In addition to the usual news feed and an event calendar it also features AI signals with optional alerts. It also tracks the CME and CBOE Bitcoin futures.
- Moonitor (Blockfolio alternative for desktop/iOS)
Moonitor is a desktop and iOS app developed by a Redditor u/kumakote.
It is continually improved and the design of the UI is much nicer than you’d expect in crypto.
- Delta (Blockfolio alternative for crypto and legacy traders)
Delta is quite a popular app, even though less so in the crypto community. It is powered by eToro, so you won’t quite get the privacy features you might be used to from crypto space.
Delta is available from Android and iOS.
- CoinStats (Desktop tracker for active crypto traders)
Coinstats looks quite like CoinMarketCap except it also reads your exchange’s API and tracks your portfolio balance. Coinstats report profit and loss as well, great for active traders.
The tracker is available for desktop.
This is a free guide to US cryptocurrency taxation from The Simple Dollar.
- Crypto Trader Tax - Freemium
Crypto Trader Tax is a service that will generate your report from trading logs exported from the exchange you use for crypto trading.
The tool offers some advanced functionalities like loss harvesting by pulling your crypto’s cost basis and deducting your loss to reduce your liability.
They bill per tax season based on the number of trades you executed, but they do offer a free trial.
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- TensorCharts - Paid
Tensorcharts is a charting app with orderbook heatmap and segmented candlesticks for crypto and legacy markets.
Obviously useful mostly for highly active traders, most of all scalpers and day traders.
TensorCharts are not free. There is a basic free plan that gives you the coloured candles, orderbook visualisation and basic data refresh (not fully realtime but good enough). You will not be able to view the full volume profile and access most functionalities that are data-intensive and therefore costly.
If you are not sure you are willing to pay for this stuff, you can piece together a poor man’s tensorcharts alternative on TradingView.
- Make a chart at TradingView FREE
- Go to Indicators and script and search for “Poor man’s volume profile”, a free VPVR alternative. Apply it.
- Next look up “[ST] Volume Flow v6” by spacetrader, which colors your candles based on changes in volume. It colours full candles as a whole, the data is less granular than footprint candles. But it’s free.
Read more about TensorCharts or take a look at the strategy showcase for scalping crypto with Tensorcharts.
The Whale Watching App is an open-source Python code that tracks large unique orders or a stack of many same-size orders in exchange order books.
DataMish is a public Grafana dashboard with lending data from Bitfinex.
It also gives you data like shorts vs longs for main markets on finex. It is a successor of
bfxdata.com, for those who remember.
TokenSpread is a tool for arbitrage traders. It monitors spreads on altcoin markets across every popular exchange (Binance, Bittrex, Bitstamp, Bitfinex, GDAX, EXMO…), highlighting the largest spreads.
TokenSpread also offers an API subscription for $40 per month.
Blockchain Network stats
There hasn’t been a lot of apps that track the network activity of cryptocurrencies, even though fundamental metrics such as transactions per day, fees, mempool size or transactions per block have correlation with the price of bitcoin. Some came and went, such as now defunct
Bitinfocharts have charts of hashrate compared with scaled price for most of the history of Bitcoin (since 2010).
The same data is available for Litecoin, ZCash, Dash and quite a few other Proof-of-Work cryptocurrencies, most of which do not seem to display any correlation though.
The same page has a menu below the chart where you can switch to other crypto fundamental metrics such as transaction counts, active addresses, mining profitability and more.
Blockchain.com (formerly blockchain.info) has most of the conventional network activity metrics, including confirmation times and fees.
You cannot overlay the data with price, but you can export them into CSV.
Etherscan offers the most looked for network metrics on ETH blockchain in a style similar to what blockchian.com does for BTC.
You get data on gas usage, transaction costs and split statistics about transactions done in ETH vs ERC20 tokens.
Market Performance Metrics
A simple website that scans SEC documents and reports the amounts of BTC disclosed by public US companies.
RSIHunter is an app that publishes RSI values for many cryptocurrency markets.
Pretty useful tool for large cap crypto traders who want to quickly get the macro outlook and see which smaller cap altcoins are being oversold or overbought - This kind of comparison is a technique used for market timing.
RSIHunter is free and has data from Binance, BitMEX, Kucoin and Bittrex.
A free chart from bitcoinfuturesinfo.com that plots Bitcoin futures curves and premiums of derivatives on BitMEX, Deribit, Bitfinex Futures, OKEx, Kraken Futures and other smaller crypto markets.
The website also only a few articles that explain what you can do with the data.
Bitgur focuses on market cap and similar traditional performance indicators presented in the visual form of a heatmap.
Crypto Charting Apps
- Coinpub - Collection of Spreadsheet Resources
Coinpub is a website that collects Google Spreadsheets and Excel functions built for crypto traders. It documents Bitfinex and Deribit MS Excel functions for traders who like to project their position goals in an Excel sheet before they open.
It also collects option builders originally from Deribit (the sheets are extended from the original though).
- CryptoWatch - Free
CryptoWatch is a free charting platform that was acquired by Kraken Exchange in 2017. Since then you can trade on Kraken directly from there, but the free charting interface has been kept as it always was.
Cryptowatch gets regular upgrades and maintenance as is a very solid charting tool. It includes a trollbox at the side of the chart.
There is no pine script library of user-created tools, but if you are just looking for the most common technical indicators on a candlesticks chart and possibly some alerts, cryptowatch is a fair option.
- Coinigy - Freemium
Coinigy is a cloud-based crypto trading and charting tool packed with features for altcoin scalpers, arbers and trading bot developers.
Coinigy is also great for the true altcoin traders who want to be the market makers in new markets, who want to leverage arb opportunities and want to be able to trade a market as soon as it opens.
It is not only a charting engine but also an API interface you can use to trade from an exchange account without using the exchange's web interface. UI and charting is usually terrible at small exchanges, at the same time those are the ones that you need to use when you arb.
Coinigy doesn't charge any additional fee for executing trades via the platform.
- TensorCharts - Freemium
TensorCharts are an advanced crypto charting platform with orderbook heatmap and split-colored candles. This charting app is for dedicated crypto traders who are not afraid to spend some time learning.
Unique charting tools exclusive to TensorCharts:
- orderbook heatmap
- counters ratios
- custom JS scripting
- price action sound feature
TensorCharts is one of the best tools for scalping crypto.
There is a very generous FREE tier on TensorCharts. Start with TensorCharts For Free and if you like it, upgrade on Black Friday.
- TradingView - Freemium
Tradingview is a charting platform and trading community that has huge amount of technical analysis tools available for free. They are written in pine scripts and fully customizable - the charting platform is super noob friendly too, though.
We reviewed some of the best TradingView scripts that you can use with FREE account here.
TradingView PRO will let you use more scripts in a single charts. The upgrade is not ultra cheap, but it gets regular 60% discount during Black Friday promos.
You can sign up now for a free account and upgrade then.
Social media sentiment
sentimnt.io is a simple one-glance tool that measures Reddit post and comment sentiment for major cryptocurrencies. You get the total number of mentions, positive and negative percentages and a simple chart plotting the development of the sentiment over time.
AltcoinAnalytics publishes social media analyse reports with data from a Python script that gives you the information about which cryptocurrencies and ICOs are getting most attention - positive and negative. You get free primers but the full analyses are paid. Primer on NEO from October 2017 with brief explanations here on altcointrading.net.
Solume.io is a tool for crypto media analysis that gathers mentions of 200+ coins at Twitter, Reddit and Bitcointalk. It publishes the media mention volumes and sentiment and also identifies the currently trending cryptocurrencies. Each cryptocurrency gets its own page with more detailed info such as top social media posters and an overlay chart of price development vs social media volume. Here is the page for Bitcoin.
Crypto News aggregators
Most crypto portfolio trackers will provide a news section. Bitfinex trading app also now offers this functionality. These usually only track the major publications though.
If you want to customize what you get or also see smaller blogs in your feed, there’s plenty of dedicated aggregators for that.
CoinSpectator is a news aggregator that sources hand-picked cryptocurrency blogs and blockchain news sites, all updated realtime.
You can choose whether to view blogs, news and press or all of it.
There is also a leaderboard of ICOs that you can filter out - current, upcoming, proven scams and more.
CryptoPanic is a popular news aggregator that comes in a free and premium version.
The premium version lets you add your own RSS feeds or Twitter handles to track.
CryptoPanic comes as a time-based feed, sortable by categories such as Regulation or ICO News. Other than that, if you type a symbol like ETH into the search box, it will filter out news mentioning your coin. It will also plot a chart for you with data from coinmarketcap.
CryptoFlash is a newer aggregator that gathers news mainly from various subreddits related to cryptocurrencies.
The app has better filtering by coin.
The Bitfinex trading platform now has a pretty good option for news tracking.
Users can customize Twitter feeds and other news sources to follow right from the trading interface.
- Coinlore is a new CoinMarketCap alternative that also provides market data API.
- CoinLib is a CoinMarketCap alternative that features best price explorer.
- LiveCoinWatch is a CoinMarketCap alternative with more advanced market data, live updates, portfolio tracking and the option to disregard country-specific spot markets that have a high premium.
- CryptoCompare is a data resource for the very basics on most cryptocurrencies.
CoinMarketCal is a calendar of crypto-related events.
Features not only conferences and meetups, but also coin listings on important crypto exchanges.
The website provides email alerts if you sign up (remember to use burner email).
Crypto OPSEC and Security Tools
We have put together another list of tools for crypto traders and investors that only features tools for cyber security, opsec in crypto and scam detection.
GoodOPsec.org provides two cheatsheet here, one on how to secure a laptop and one on how to do the same for an Android phone.
It needs you to be quite technical, but if you actively move a lot of crypto it’s best not to rely on your devices default functionalities.