Ethereum (ETH) Blockchain Developer Numbers Record 5x Increase

A developer is sitting on blockchain floor in front of Ethereum logo surounded by flying 1 and 0.
  • Electric Capital reported that Ethereum monthly active developers increased from 1,084 in 2018 to 5,819 in 2022, a 5x increase.
  • Ethereum scaling solutions like Polygon, Arbitrum, Starknet, and Optimism also grew exponentially in developer activity.
  • Bitcoin saw a 3x increase in monthly active developers, from 372 in 2018 to 946 in 2022.
  • There are 23,343 monthly blockchain developers as of December 2022.
  • The number of full-time developers grew by 8% YoY. They make 76% of all code commits.

Ethereum (ETH) has seen a five-times increase in developers contributing to the open-source project in this crypto bear market compared to what it was in 2018.

According to a report by Electric Capital, the number of Ethereum monthly active developers increased from 1,084 in 2018 to 5,819 in 2022. Bitcoin monthly active developers also increased from 372 to 946.

The report also said there are 23,343 monthly blockchain developers as of December 2022. On top of that, open source-crypto projects see over 471,000 monthly code commits every month and an all-time high of over 61,000 developers contributing code for the first time in 2022.

More importantly, the crypto space saw an 8% Year-on-Year (YoY) increase in full-time developers. Electric Capital said it’s the most important “growth signal” since full-time developers make 76% of code commits.

Blockchain Developer Numbers Increase Outside of Ethereum and Bitcoin

The Electric Capital report also highlighted that 72% of all monthly active developers work outside the Ethereum and Bitcoin ecosystems. For example, Solana, NEAR, and Polygon grew by 40% YoY and had more than 500 monthly active developers.

On top of that, Sui, Aptos, Starknet, Mina, Osmosis, Hedera, Optimism, and Arbitrum have over 100 monthly active developers, which is a 50% YoY increase. 

However, it’s important to note that while Polygon, Starknet, Optimism, and Arbitrum are separate projects from Ethereum, they work towards scaling Ethereum and are closely tied to the blockchain.

As for decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols, 3,901 developers work across different blockchains, a 240% increase since the so-called DeFi summer in 2020. The NFT sector has also grown by 299% since 2021, with over 900 developers contributing monthly.

On the Flipside

  • As Layer-2 scaling solutions like Polygon, Scroll, zkSync, and others come close to launching on mainnet, it’s possible Ethereum will see some developers migrate to those projects.

Why You Should Care

Ethereum is widely known as the only sufficiently decentralized smart contract blockchain. High developer activity is important to scale Ethereum to the masses.

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Arturas Skur

Arturas Skur is a blockchain content writer focused on Web 3.0 domains, DeFi, and Ethereum Layer-2s. Arturas believes blockchain technology has the potential to transform how we see and interact with society, economy, and culture. Arturas spends his spare time hiking, playing with his dog, and reading. He has been active in blockchain and cryptocurrencies since 2020.