IOTA Beginners Guide

This website is a translation of the German IOTA Beginner’s Guide by Schmucklos.

IOTA Beginners Guide

IOTA Beginners Guide is a purely private website with no commercial intentions around the topic IOTA. I am not sponsored by anyone or receive monetary compensation for any reports.

I think the vision of autonomous transactions between machines and in the Internet of Everything (IoE) is revolutionary. The disruptive IOTA technology has the potential to be the backbone of the next paradigm shift, creating a whole new automated ecosystem with new value chains. I would like to accompany the IOTA Foundation on this path and try to summarize all information in a big picture. For this purpose I will keep this website up to date and continually add new topics.

IOTA Beginners Guide
Source: IOTA Foundation

Since not everybody is a nerd and I don’t want to get too technical, I will refrain from too detailed technical explanations as far as possible and limit this guide to the most important basic operations. The great vision of the IOTA Foundation and its possible applications are the main focus of this website, so nerds might be disappointed. Also, I cannot mention every interesting project and will therefore refrain from many things due to time constraints. I will describe basics, possible fields of application including real projects, some highly interesting projects from the community, important groundbreaking partnerships and possible groundbreaking innovations.

The following explanations are largely based on official announcements, articles, blogs, forum entries, videos and other messages from the world wide web and the german beginners guide written by Schmucklos. His guide was later translated into English to reach a larger user base.

Not all technical terms can be avoided or paraphrased. Please check my glossary if you have problems understanding them. Please also let me know if some topics or informations are missing.

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Content of the Beginners Guide

General Basics

Learn about the basics of a digital future, like Internet of Things, Internet of Everything, M2M Communication and modern communication technology.

DLT Basics

Learn about the basics of distributed ledger technology, like blockchain, tangle, consensus mechanisms and the history of bitcoin.

IOTA Basics

What is IOTA? Learn about its basics, like its vision, the team, the technology, partnerships, the history of the project and what its social impact might be.

IOTA Token

Learn about the IOTA Token: Where to buy, what are its economics, why should the price increase, how to store the tokens safely and the key differences to a Central Bank Digital Currency.

IOTA Products

Learn about the products of IOTA, like wallets, nodes, IOTA Access, IOTA Stronghold, IOTA Digital Assets or IOTA Streams.

Future of IOTA

Learn about the upcoming versions of IOTA, from Crysalis (IOTA 1.5) to Coordicide (IOTA 2.0) and even further improvements, like Sharding. Also contains the abandoned vision of a ternary-based system.

Use Cases

Learn about different application areas of the IOTA protocol, like automotive & mobility, Smart Cities, Smart Farming, Supply Chain or Industry 4.0.

IOTA Ecosystem

Learn about the IOTA Ecosystem, including its partnerships, working groups, marketplaces and current projects.


Learn about possibilities to become an IOTA developer, like tutorials to recreate, hackathons and the official IOTA Academy where you can get officially certified.

IOTA Research

Learn about different improvements of the IOTA protocol that are still under research.

IOTA Calendar

Stay up to date: Which events are going to happen in near future?

Criticism about IOTA

Which points do most critics express about IOTA and why are these points not valid?


Learn all the technical terms related to IOTA.


What are frequently asked questions about IOTA and how are they answered?

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