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Welcome to Helium

Explore our guides and examples to build and use the Helium Network.


Introduction

Helium is a global, distributed network of Miners that create public, long-range wireless coverage for LoRaWAN-enabled IoT devices. Miners produce and are compensated in $HNT, the native cryptocurrency of the Helium blockchain. The Helium blockchain is a new, open source, public blockchain created entirely to incentivize the creation of physical, decentralized wireless networks. Today, the Helium blockchain, and its thousands of miners, provide access to the largest, public LoRaWAN Network in the world.

This documentation provides details on the technology that underpins Helium, as well as how to mine HNT, and how to deploy IoT devices that use the Helium Network. Start your journey below.

If, at any time, you don't find what you need, join us in our Discord.

Thanks for being a part of Helium.

Helium Blockchain

The Helium Blockchain is a new blockchain built from the ground up to incentivize the creation of decentralized, public wireless networks.

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Blockchain Primitives Mining HNT Proof of Coverage Consensus Protocol Helium Token Transaction Fees

Mine $HNT

Hotspots create The People’s Network, a long-range wireless coverage for very low power and inexpensive IoT devices and are rewarded $HNT for doing so.

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What is a Helium Miner? Approved Hotspots Hotspot Makers Build a Packet Forwarder

Use the Helium Network

The Helium Ecosystem includes thousands of ready-to-use devices, powerful integrations, and robust developer tools.

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Ready to Use Devices Development Devices Helium Console LoRaWAN on Helium

Community, Governance, & Open Source

Helium’s decentralized ‘People’s Network’ relies on a community of supporters, developers and advisors.

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Discord Community Chat Helium Improvement Proposals Open Source Software

Tools, Technologies & Initatives

Console

Provision and Manage Devices

Explorer

Helium Blockchain Block Explorer

Mappers

Community-driven Coverage Mapping

Wallet App

iOS & Android Helium Wallet

Helium Wallet CLI

Interact with Blockchain via Command Line

Helium Light Hotspots

Packet forwarder for the Helium-enabled Gateways.

Insiders

Raise awareness in your city