April 2021 Updates: We’ve updated our previous numbers for Blockstack & Cosmos based on new repositories that were added to our mapping. Slides 44–57 and 89–101 are now updated from the December 2020 version.
The number of new crypto developers is growing for the first time since 2017
- New monthly crypto developers grew 15% in 2020, increasing for the first time since 2017
- 80%+ of all active developers today came in the last two years
There is a flight to quality: high quality ecosystems are growing while others are shrinking
- Monthly active crypto developers have stayed flat even as new developers joined due to developer loss outside of the Top 200 ecosystems by network value
- The number of developers outside of the Top 200 decreased by 30% from December 2018
Developer activity is particularly strong across Bitcoin, Ethereum, some Layer 1s, and Decentralized Finance
- Bitcoin ecosystem has 70%+ more developers than it did 3 years ago
- 300+ new developers per month commit to the Ethereum ecosystem
- 67% increase in monthly active developers in Decentralized Finance since January 2020
We fingerprinted 276,000+ code repositories and 89 million code commits to create this 2020 Developer Report.
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