What is Fantom (FTM)?

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What is Fantom (FTM)?


  • Fantom is a scalable and smart-contract blockchain that allows for developing different decentralized applications (Dapps) on the Fantom Opera environment.

  • Fantom is a green and environmentally-friendly blockchain with almost instant transactions that cost you the minimum fee. The Fantom blockchain is open-source and accessible in over 60 countries worldwide.

  • Lachesis is Fantom’s consensus algorithm which offers finality, meaning unlike first-generation algorithms like proof-of-work (PoW), users aren’t required to wait for block confirmations and can consider their transactions confirmed within 1 to 2 seconds.

  • FTM is the native cryptocurrency of the Fantom network and serves multiple purposes such as network security and governance. FTM is also used by the Fantom ecosystem to pay for network fees.

What is Fantom (FTM)?

Fantom is an open-source and borderless blockchain that supports smart contracts and decentralized applications (Dapps) development.

Fantom is fully compatible with Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), allowing developers to build and develop their applications the same way as Ethereum. Additionally, the Fantom blockchain supports the Solidity compiler which makes the app development in the Solidity programing language possible.

Fantom is governed by its validators, a group of computer systems that are responsible for verifying transactions and securing the network. In the diagram below, you can see how the on-chain governance system of the Fantom blockchain works:


Fantom’s On-chain Governance – Source: Fantom Foundation

It’s worth mentioning that Fantom is a green blockchain and its electricity consumption is less than the yearly consumption of an American household.


Lachesis is Fantom’s innovative consensus mechanism, an Asynchronous Byzantine Fault Tolerance (aBFT) algorithm that aims to solve the blockchain trilemma.

A concept introduced by Vitalik Buterin, the founder of the Ethereum blockchain, blockchain trilemma refers to the trade-offs developers need to make between decentralization, security, and scalability if trying to improve any two of the three.

According to Fantom’s documentation, “an aBFT consensus protocol allows for maximum decentralization, high scalability, and bank-grade security.”

One of the main features of Lachesis is its finality. Unlike conventional consensus algorithms, like Proof-of-work (PoW), transactions are final almost instantly and users don’t need to wait for confirmations to know their transactions are confirmed.

To make it more clear why this matters, you should know that on the Bitcoin blockchain, it’s recommended to wait for 6 block confirmations before considering a transaction final. This may take up to 1 hour which shows the upper hand blockchain networks like Fantom have with their almost instant transactions. Fantom’s transactions are considered confirmed within 1 to 2 seconds.

Fantom Opera

As the mainnet of the Fantom blockchain, Fantom Opera is an open-source, secure, and fast environment for decentralized app development.

It supports the Solidity programing language and is fully compatible with the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), allowing developers to build their applications the same way they do on the Ethereum blockchain.

Opera Explorer is a tool that allows you to see the latest status of the Fantom blockchain including the number of transactions, blocks, accounts, and validators.

Fantom Wallet (fWallet)

Fantom Wallet or fWallet is the official wallet of the Fantom blockchain which allows you to send, receive, and stake the FTM token. You can also use the wallet to access different Dapps in the Fantom ecosystem.

As a Progressive Web App (PWA), you will be able to use fWallet smoothly on different platforms including Linux, Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android.

You can see a list of other crypto wallets that support the FTM token here.

Who created Fantom (FTM)?

Dr. Ahn Byung Ik, a South Korean computer scientist founded the Fantom Foundation in 2018 while working on the scalability issues of the existing blockchains like Ethereum.

In the same year, Fantom Foundation managed to raise a total of $40.1M to support the development of the Fantom blockchain.

In late 2019, the Fantom blockchain was officially launched.

What is FTM?

FTM is the native crypto token of the Fantom blockchain and serves various purposes on the network:

  • Network Security: to participate in network maintenance and security, users need to lock up at least 3,175,000 FTM tokens to become validators and get rewarded for their contributions.
  • Payments: Fantom offers super-fast transactions, a feature that makes FTM suitable for value transfers and payments.
  • Governance: changes and improvements on the Fantom blockchain are decided by the network validators through voting. By holding the FTM tokens, validators will be eligible for voting to play a part in the future of the Fantom blockchain and its ecosystem.
  • Network Fees: any fees related to transactions, deploying smart contracts, or creating a new network need to be paid in FTM.

FTM has a total supply of 3.175 billion, 2.1 billion of which is currently in circulation and the rest is held for staking rewards. To offer seamless trading on different platforms, FTM supports various token standards including Ethereum’s ERC-20 and BNB Smart Chain’s BEP-2.

You can read our “An Introduction to Token Standards” article to learn more about token standards and why they exist and matter.

Where to buy FTM

You can trade FTM on some cryptocurrency exchanges, like DIFX. On DIFX, FTM is available as the FTM/USDT pair for users to trade.

Sign up for a DIFX account today and start trading!