Developer Terms Overview

Thanks for building with Coinbase. We’re glad you’re here. That being said, it’s important that you understand what’s allowed and what’s not. This is just a highlight summary, and is not intended to be a substitute for reading the User Agreement. Any party utilizing our Developer Tools is still responsible for understanding and abiding by the User Agreement, so make sure to read the whole thing, and if you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to.

The use of Developer Tools (defined formally as Coinbase’s applications, services, and content for developers, including Coinbase APIs, Coinbase Sandbox, and any other resources available on this site (referred to collectively the “Developer Tools”)) is outlined in detail in Part 4 of our User Agreement

How may I use the Developer Tools?

What can I build?

We encourage you to build awesome, accessible applications on our infrastructure that expand the Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin and Ethereum ecosystems with new and improved products and services. If you are looking for inspiration, here are a few ideas to get you started.

Some use cases are more sensitive: The Agreement notes certain application activities that may require additional review before Coinbase can grant you access to our resources. If you think your application may touch on one or more of these uses, feel free to reach out to us at

Please comply with all legal, regulatory and compliance requirements as noted in the Agreement and don’t use Coinbase resources to encourage, promote, or participate in any illegal activity. Coinbase may suspend or revoke access to the Developer Tools if we believe you are in violation of the User Agreement, and nobody wants that.

Keep it safe

Do not engage in activity that uses or promotes spyware, adware, spam or other malicious programs or code.

What you can and cannot say

Make sure to accurately represent your relationship with Coinbase. You will need written permission from us before you can suggest that Coinbase is a partner, collaborator, or otherwise endorses your product.

Respect user control and privacy

Take steps to secure your user data and ensure your users know exactly how you collect, store, use, and disclose their personal information. If you leak or misuse your users’ personal data, they aren’t going to like you, and frankly, neither will we.

Don’t abuse the servers!

Please keep usage reasonable and abide by any limits Coinbase may place on access calls. Play nice and we can limit the risk of disruption of service for everyone.

Intellectual Property

You must obtain Coinbase’s written consent prior to using Coinbase’s name, logo, or other marks for any purpose.


Coinbase is not liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or exemplary damages arising from your use of the Developer Tools. These include, but are not limited to, damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data or other intangible losses, resulting from your Developer Tools usage or third-party products that access data via the Developer Tools.

Your use of the Developer Tools is at your own discretion and risk, and you will be solely responsible for any damage that results its use, including, but not limited to, any damage to computer systems or loss of data incurred by you, your users, or your customers.

Terms Can Change

Coinbase reserves the right to update and change these terms at any time without notice. We will continue to update this page as our developer platform grows and evolves, so don’t forget to check back here regularly!