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Uniswap (UNI) is an Ethereum token that powers Uniswap, an automated liquidity provider that’s designed to make it easy to exchange Ethereum (ERC-20) tokens. There is no orderbook or central facilitator on Uniswap. Instead, tokens are exchanged through liquidity pools that are defined by smart contracts.
Uniswap is the largest decentralized exchange (or DEX) operating on the Ethereum blockchain. It allows users anywhere in the world to trade crypto without an intermediary. UNI, the governance token that allows users to vote on key protocol changes, is one of the largest cryptocurrencies by market cap on Coinbase.
Uniswap was one of the first decentralized finance (or DeFi) applications to gain significant traction on Ethereum — launching in November 2018. Since then, numerous other decentralized exchanges have launched (including Curve, SushiSwap, and Balancer), but Uniswap has historically remained the most popular.
Uniswap pioneered the Automated Market Maker model, in which users supply Ethereum tokens to Uniswap “liquidity pools” and algorithms set market prices based on supply and demand (as opposed to order books, which match bids and asks from users on a centralized exchange like Coinbase).
By supplying tokens to Uniswap liquidity pools, users can earn rewards while enabling peer-to-peer trading. Users supply tokens to liquidity pools, trade tokens, or even create and list their own tokens (using Ethereum’s ERC-20 token protocol). There are currently hundreds of tokens available on Uniswap, and many popular trading pairs are stablecoins like USDC.
Some of the potential advantages of decentralized exchanges like Uniswap include:
Self-governing: Funds are never transferred to any third party or generally subject to counterparty risk (i.e. trusting your assets with a custodian) because both parties are trading directly from their own wallets.
Global and permissionless: There is no concept of borders, or restrictions on who can trade. Anyone with a smartphone and an internet connection can participate.
Ease-of-use and pseudonymity: No account signup or personal details are required.
After years of successful operation, and on its path to complete decentralization, Uniswap introduced the UNI token to enable community ownership over the protocol, allowing stakeholders to vote on key protocol changes and development initiatives. When Uniswap released the token in September 2020, it used a unique form of distribution in which it “airdropped” 400 UNI tokens to each Ethereum address that had ever used the protocol. Over 250,000 Ethereum addresses received the airdrop, which was worth nearly $1,400 at the time. Airdrops have since become a popular way for DeFi apps to reward longtime users – Uniswap has said it plans to distribute a total of 1 billion UNI over four years.
In order to use Uniswap, all you need is an Ethereum wallet and a bit of ETH (which you’ll need to pay for gas fees). Popular options include Coinbase Wallet or Metamask. Using the app or web browser built into Coinbase Wallet or Metamask you can access app.uniswap.org to start swapping tokens or supplying liquidity.
One issue users of all Ethereum-based apps including Uniswap face are transaction fees (also called gas) that can vary widely in price and can make it expensive to use the network. Multiple solutions to this issue are in the works, from the long-planned transition to the ETH2 blockchain (scheduled for sometime in 2022) to the nearer-term rollout of a “Layer 2” scaling solution called Optimism later this year. Uniswap developers are confident that Optimism will allow for significantly cheaper Uniswap transactions.
Released: November 2018
The price of Uniswap has fallen by 19.61% in the past 7 days. The price declined by 4.58% in the last 24 hours. In just the past hour, the price grew by 1.29%. The current price is $5.11 per UNI. Uniswap is 88.64% below the all time high of $44.97.
The current circulating supply is 718,764,393.78 UNI.
Uniswap was mentioned in 470 out of 2,212,953 social media posts on Twitter and Reddit on May 15, 2022. 331 unique individuals are talking about Uniswap and it is ranked #229 in most mentions and activity from collected posts.
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