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Monero is an open source, community driven project. We strive to be a welcoming community. Perhaps you want to contribute?
Monero is an open-source, community-driven project. Described below are several ways to support the project.
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### Code
Monero is primarily written in C++. As it is a decentralized project, no permission is required to generate new code or modify existing code. Pull requests are merged based on community consensus. See the <a href="https://github.com/monero-project"> repositories</a> and outstanding <a href="https://github.com/monero-project/monero/issues">issues.</a>
### Run a Full Node
Run monerod with port 18080 open. Running a full node allows for maximum privacy when transacting with Monero and improved distribution of the blockchain to new users.
### Mine
Mining ensures decentralization and security of the network. In the Monero graphical user interface and command-line interface, background mining may be activated. Additional resources for mining may be viewed [here](https://reddit.com/r/MoneroMining).
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<h2>View the Forum Funding System</h2>
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<p>Monero utilizes a <a href="https://forum.getmonero.org">forum funding system</a> whereby projects are proposed for development and community-funded. Funding is held in escrow and remunerated to developers once programming milestones are achieved. Anyone may generate new proposals or fund existing ones.</p>
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<h2>Donating</h2>
<h2>Donate</h2>
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<p>Ongoing development of the Monero Project is solely supported by donations and <a href="/community/sponsorships/">sponsors</a>. At this time the project is vastly underfunded, and thus donations are greatly appreciated.</p>
<p>If you would like to make a donation you can do so by using any of the methods below:</p>
<p>Ongoing development is supported by donations and <a href="/community/sponsorships/">sponsorships</a>.</p>
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<h3>Donating in Monero</h3>
<p>You can send XMR donations to donate.getmonero.org, or directly to our Monero donation address - 44AFFq5kSiGBoZ4NMDwYtN18obc8AemS33DBLWs3H7otXft3XjrpDtQGv7SqSsaBYBb98uNbr2VBBEt7f2wfn3RVGQBEP3A</p>
<h3>Donating Monero</h3>
<p>XMR donations may be sent to donate.getmonero.org or 44AFFq5kSiGBoZ4NMDwYtN18obc8AemS33DBLWs3H7otXft3XjrpDtQGv7SqSsaBYBb98uNbr2VBBEt7f2wfn3RVGQBEP3A</p>
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<h3>Donating in Bitcoin</h3>
<p>You can also send BTC donations to donate.getmonero.org, or directly to our Bitcoin address: 1KTexdemPdxSBcG55heUuTjDRYqbC5ZL8H</p>
<h3>Donating Bitcoin</h3>
<p>BTC donations may be sent to donate.getmonero.org or 1KTexdemPdxSBcG55heUuTjDRYqbC5ZL8H</p>
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<h3>Other ways</h3>
<p>To donate via credit card, wire transfer, or PayPal, please email the core team at <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a></p>
<h3>Other</h3>
<p>E-mail the core team at <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a> for alternative means of donating.</p>
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<p>Monero utilizes a <a href="https://forum.getmonero.org">Forum Funding System</a> (FFS) which encourages people of all backgrounds to be a part of Monero and maybe even get paid for it. Anyone can suggest an idea, ask for funding, and immediately start making the idea happen. As progress is made payments are released and Monero flourishes. You can donate directly to individual projects that you support. Take a look and don't be afraid to jump right in with an idea or a donation.</p>
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### Join the Community
We're all over the place. Start discussions, ask questions. The more faces we see that are excited about Monero, the more morale increases and the further we push the boundaries of what a cryptocurrency can become. Check out our [Hangouts](/community/hangouts) page to see where you can find us.
### Attend a Meetup
Talking with people online is nice and all, but sometimes it's enjoyable to chat with people in person. See the list of upcoming events here. If nothing is happening around you, it's easy to start something yourself! Just meet with local enthusiasts at a bar and chat.
### Run a Full Node
Run monerod with port 18080 open. This will help your node distribute copies of the blockchain to other nodes on the network.
### Mine
From the GUI and CLI, there is an option to start mining. This is a great way to protect the decentralization of the network. If you have a powerful graphics card or hope to mine for profit, see more advanced options in the [MoneroMining subreddit](https://reddit.com/r/MoneroMining).
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<h2>Coding</h2>
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<p>Monero is written in C++, and is looking for coders of all skill levels (from absolute beginner to senior developer) to contribute to the project. The most important things are a desire to learn and a willingness to take direction and correction. If you want to get started, check out our <a href="https://github.com/monero-project">GitHub respositories</a> and check out the outstanding <a href="https://github.com/monero-project/monero/issues">Issues.</a></p>
<p>If you code in a language other than C++, don't worry, there are <a href="/community/merchants#libraries">libraries in other languages</a> that you can contribute to.</p>
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