What is Symbol?

Symbol is built for developers

Symbol is a feature-rich development platform that lets you build blockchain projects faster and more efficiently, so you can exceed expectations.

Symbol uses familiar APIs to interface with your existing platform so the learning curve is lower and you can develop your way. This means you can create a variety of architectural solutions with lightweight code efficiently, in any programming language.

Try the API

Built-in features

Connect and combine Symbol’s built-in features to architect your blockchain solution. Use our ready-made plugin configurations for your most common business needs, or configure the plugin primitives to customize the capabilities of your network without sacrificing performance.

Discover the built-in features

Private, public and hybrid chain deployments


Symbol provides access to both public and private blockchains, individually or as a hybrid, providing options to best suit your project needs.

  • Public chain: The Symbol public chain is a platform supported by a decentralized network of nodes. Entities on the platform can freely communicate and exchange value with one another in a trustless environment. XYM serves as the native currency to Symbol’s public blockchain.
  • Private chain Private chains, on the other hand, are permissioned blockchains that prefer privacy, compliance, customization, and efficiency over decentralization. You can choose to deploy their own private chains with Symbol in cases where blockchain technology is desired in a closed ecosystem.
  • Hybrid chain: By utilizing both public and private blockchains, you can preserve an intimate ecosystem in a private chain and communicate freely with the public chain as a decentralized hub of data.

Run your private test network

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