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Magic Eden Bitcoin Ordinals: A Comprehensive Guide to Getting Started

Discover how Ordinals are transforming Bitcoin. Hear from the top marketplace on how to safely add Ordinals to your collection.
Magic Eden Bitcoin Ordinals: A Comprehensive Guide to Getting Started

Ordinals are a new way to bring NFTs to Bitcoin. Learn what Ordinals are, how to setup an Ordinal wallet, and how to buy your first digital artifact!

What are Ordinals?

Ordinals are native Bitcoin NFTs. Anyone can create an Ordinal by attaching data onto an individual satoshi (the smallest unit of Bitcoin). The act of putting data onto Satoshis is called inscribing. As such, Ordinals are often called Inscriptions or Digital Artifacts.

As defined in the Ordinal Theory Handbook,

  • Ordinals are wholly owned. Whomever owns the Satoshi the Ordinal is inscribed on controls that Ordinal.
  • Ordinals are complete. No sidechain or off chain storage is necessary. 
  • Ordinals are wholly controlled. No one else can determine what you do with your Ordinals. You can sell, trade, send, or hold them at will.

How do Ordinals (Bitcoin NFTs) work?

Casey Rodarmor published the Ordinal Theory Handbook on January 20th, 2023. The handbook defines first, how to identify individual satoshis, and second how to attach data to one.

The Ordinal Protocol assigns an ordinal number to each satoshi based on it's mint time. The unique identifier gives satoshis a non-fungible property. Holders can now identify and select which satoshis they want to use.

The Ordinal Theory Handbook presents the following notations for the classification system:

  • Integer notation: Identifies the satoshi in numerical form. Integer notation assigns a number based on the order the satoshi is mined.
  • Decimal notation: Identifies the satoshi in decimal format. The block height determines the first number. The offset of the satoshi within the block determines the second number.
  • Degree notation:
  • Percentile notation:
  • Name notation:

The classification system makes some satoshis more rare than others based on their proximity to key Bitcoin events.

Today, rare Satoshis are sought out by collectors around the world.

In addition to the classification system, the Ordinal Protocol laid out how to inscribe satoshis with data.

Inscribing is the process of attaching data to a satoshi. To write the data, users send a transaction to a taproot compatible address. They save the data in the witness section of the transaction. Any data can be chosen, including images, text, or video.

Creating a wallet for Ordinals on Magic Eden

Next, we need an Ordinal compatible wallet.

Magic Eden Wallet is the premier Ordinal wallet. It carries a number of Bitcoin features, including

  • Native Ordinal support
  • Native BRC-20 support
  • All-in-one Rare Sats discovery and management
  • Native integration with Magic Eden, the largest marketplace for Ordinals.

Magic Eden also supports other popular Bitcoin wallets such as Xverse, Leather Wallet and Unisat.

We recommend having only one Bitcoin wallet extension to avoid potential conflicts or unexpected issues.

Ordinals Wallet by Magic Eden

Understanding wallet addresses

When using wallets for Ordinals on Magic Eden, you will have two Bitcoin addresses:

  • One for keeping your Bitcoin for purchases.
  • Another dedicated solely to Ordinals inscriptions and Digital Artifacts (known as a Taproot address).
Displaying the different Bitcoin addresses required for Ordinals
Above, the Magic Eden Wallet has two distinct addresses. One for Bitcoin, and one for Ordinals and BRC-20 Tokens.

Funding your wallet with Bitcoin

Note: Bitcoin transactions take longer than other networks to confirm. To avoid delays, we recommend funding your wallet well in advance, before you intend to mint or trade. 

Here are the steps to fund your wallet:

  • Purchase Bitcoin
    • Bitcoin can be purchased on most central exchanges (CEXs). Follow their own instructions in setting up an account. 
  • Transfer your Bitcoin
    • Following the instructions for your chosen CEX, initiate a transfer. Add your Bitcoin RECEIVE wallet address. Authorize and sign the transfer.
    • Once the transaction is confirmed, your wallet will be funded with your Bitcoin!
  • Add your Bitcoin RECEIVE wallet address to receive the funds to your wallet.

Please be patient during the transaction as Bitcoin transactions can be slow. Once the transaction is successful, your wallet will be funded and ready for action.

Buying and selling Ordinals

We wrote an entire guide on buying and selling Ordinals here.

Minting on Magic Eden Ordinals Launchpad

Welcome to the Launchpad, an experience that may differ from what you've encountered on other chains. If this is your first time transacting on Ordinals with your wallet, you'll need to prepare your wallet first by confirming a popup prompt.

Follow these steps to mint Digital Artifacts:

  • Ensure your wallet is prepared for minting.
  • Click the "mint" button once.
  • Depending on the creator's instructions, you may be on a whitelist or have public access.
  • Avoid using imported wallets for minting; use a fresh wallet dedicated to the minting process.
  • Be patient, as Bitcoin transactions may take time to process.
  • To track your minting transaction, click "Click here to view." This will lead you to Mempool, where you can find an estimated time of arrival for your transaction.
  • Remember, you cannot broadcast a transaction more than once.

The information provided on this website is provided for general educational purposes only and is in no way financial or investment advice. Certain information may have also been provided to us or prepared by third parties; these materials are provided for convenience and are not an endorsement by Magic Eden. Magic Eden is not liable for any errors, changes or amendments to such information, including any actions taken in reliance on such information.

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