How to begin

Buying bitcoins

  1. Register to LocalBitcoins. You get a free and secure online bitcoin wallet. No additional apps are needed.
  2. Decide whether to
    • buy bitcoins online with your online banking or cash deposits
    • buy bitcoins with cash and meet the local seller face-to-face
  3. Go to Find offers page.
  4. Fill the form with your location, payment method and amount you wish to buy.
  5. The site will list bitcoin traders available in your region.
  6. From the trader list, choose a trader with good reputation score displayed after username.
  7. Choose the bitcoin trader, press buy and send a trade request with a message to the trader:
    • For online trade you may need to ask further details how to pay.
    • For cash trade agree the meeting time and place.
  8. Later to return to Dashboard under your User Profile to message with the seller.
  9. After the seller gets the payment the seller releases the bitcoins and they instantly become available in your LocalBitcoins wallet.

Next steps

Tips for the first bitcoin trade


Unsure about something? Ask on our discussion forums. have discussion forums. Regional forums (USA, South America, Asia...) are suitable places ask to questions if the question is regarding local policies and regulation. General discussion is a good place to start if you are new to bitcoins and really don't know how you should begin.


Worried about the security?

LocalBitcoins protects bitcoin trade process with reputation system, escrow process, and two-factor mobile login.