What is zel?

Zel is the cryptocurrency that powers the Zel Ecosystem, by incentivizing ZelNode ownership to enable the creation of ZelEx and the ZelDev Platform, enabling a truly decentralized development platform.

Why zel?

Why is Zel different?


Zel underpins every project, product and idea surrounding its namesake ecosystem. Zel is crucial as the transacting currency for all data processing on the ZelNodes Computational Network.

Community Involvement

Zel is a community-driven and supported POW-based cryptocurrency with fair distribution, powering the development of a robust and functional infrastructure. You can mine Zel and/or operate a ZelNode to support the network, and receive a portion of each block.


The zk-SNARKs protocol is a novel form of zero-knowledge cryptography that is intended to ensure complete, opt-in privacy on the Zel blockchain via z-addresses (Sapling) and private transactions.

ZelHash, EquihashR 125_4

Zel swapped the POW hashing algorithm from ZCash (200,9) Equihash to ZHash (144,5) Equihash and now our very own ZelHash, a custom POW hash algorithm to remain proactive in our ethos of ASIC-resistance.


What's up next?

Zel Launches (formerly known as ZelCash) release

January 2018

ZelCore Platform (formerly known as ZelTreZ) release

MAY 2018

Marketing Campaign

The Zel marketing plan describes the short/medium-term items planned to increase Zel's position in the crypto world. Read this document to understand how we are striving to make Zel a household name.

JUNE 2018

Website 2.0

JULY 2018

Whitepaper 2.0

Whitepaper 3.0 will be released at the end of Q3

Zel Community Pool

Help secure the ZelCash blockchain by distributing network mining hash and take advantage of zero fees currently.

Q1 2019

Acadia Upgrade

Acadia includes all the changes and improvements from Zcash 2.0.2 and brings Zel up to date with the latest developments. A big thank you to the Zcash Team.

Q1 2019


ZelNodes Computational Network is key to creating most of what we envision, allowing us to build a scalable computing network of decentralized nodes, running ZelChains, Smart Contracts, dApps, tokenization of assets and much more. Developers will be able to utilize Javascript-framework SDK and BDK through the ZelDev platform for a seamless experience.

Q1 2019

Project Paradigm

ZelCore+ Launch

Q2 2019

Project Swan

Binance DEX+Chain integration

Website v3.0

Unified Site with All Zel Projects

Project Paradigm Refresh

ZelCore rewrite from front to back to drastically improve UX.

Q3 2019

ZelNode Daemon Development

ZelNodes - Phase 2

Advanced node communications, network control and deployment of showcase applications and usecases.

Q4 2019

ZelVPN - Phase 1

Decentralised VPN Network running on ZelNodes - useful usecase

Project Jetpack

ZelDev SDK/BDK development

Showcase ZelChain

Showcase of potential TPS with the first deployment of a blockchain (ZelChain) on the ZelNode network.

Q1 2020

ZelEx Launch


ZelDev Launch


Wallets for holding Zel and many other crypto assets

ZelCore Desktop + Mobile

Multi-asset platform & wallet

200+ assets

Lite & Full Node modes

Available for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android & iOS

ZELmate Swing Desktop

Full node wallet for Zel

Open source, friendly UI with custom themes

Control wallet for ZelNodes

Available for Windows, macOS & Linux

Trust Wallet

Multi Coin Wallet

Only available for iOS and Android


Exchanges that trade ZEL pairs


A list of mining pools that support Zel

Tools & Resources

Useful links, tools and resources