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BSQ colored bitcoin tokens are the unit of account for the Bisq DAO. The easier way to get BSQ is swapping it for BSQ at Bisq.

BSQ Token

A BSQ token is a coloured coin on the Bitcoin blockchain. A single BSQ token is defined to be 100 satoshis with some additional properties that identify it as BSQ in Bisq software.

Outside Bisq, a BSQ token just looks like a few satoshis. But on Bisq, the additional properties have the following results:

  • the satoshis take on the market value of a BSQ token
  • the owner of the satoshis is endowed with power to participate in various Bisq governance functions

You can learn the basics of coloured coins in this 3-minute video or see a longer treatment of the topic in this interview. Technical details of BSQ tokens are available in this document.


You can see how the characteristics of a BSQ transaction differ by viewing them side-by-side on a BTC explorer and a BSQ explorer:

BSQ Trading

Because BSQ tokens are only recognized by Bisq software, BSQ trading can only take place in Bisq software.

While BSQ is just bitcoin, it should only be stored in a Bisq wallet.

Please do not try to send BSQ to a non-Bisq wallet, or to otherwise create your own BSQ transactions. The rules to form a valid BSQ transaction are rather complex, and even the slightest error can result in invalid BSQ. Even the technical overview does not cover every single detail—the only complete reference is the source code. Also note that future code changes may break custom transactions or implementations.

Bisq will NOT provide support for any such cases.

BSQ Issuance

After the genesis transaction in April 2019, BSQ can only be created through an issuance transaction (compensation request or reimbursement request). See more on BSQ's issuance and burn dynamic.

The BSQ token is not associated with any kind of initial coin offering (ICO) or capital-raising initiative. It’s merely a tool to decentralize the governance of the already-functional Bisq exchange network, which has been operating in production since April 2016.

BSQ Wallet

BSQ is stored in a Bitcoin wallet, but the Bisq software takes several measures to keep BSQ and BTC separate to prevent mixing the two by accident. On disk, BTC and BSQ wallets are stored in separate files. In the Bisq interface, BSQ wallets are prefixed with a 'B' to prevent users from mistakenly using BSQ as BTC.

As an additional protection measure, Bisq wallets use a special BIP-44 derivation path that other wallets won’t understand.

For user convenience, the built-in Bisq wallets for BTC and BSQ share the same seed.

More details are in the DAO user reference and DAO technical overview. Also see how to buy BSQ.