Where can I find a list of people that can commit directly to the github project?


Here is a list of people who have had commit access to Bitcoin Core. This list can also be found on Bitcointalk and on Reddit (it's the same list just in two different places). All lists are kept up to date and in sync.

This list contains the names and usernames of everyone who I can find evidence for ever having commit access to Bitcoin Core, the dates during which they had commit access, sources for all of this information, and reasoning for the access. Those who currently have commit access are in bold.

  • Satoshi Nakamoto (satoshi, s_nakamoto): 1/3/09 - 9/13/11^[1] Creator, first Lead Maintainer
  • Martii Malmi (Sirius, sirius_m): 8/30/09 - 9/13/11^[1][2] Creator of first SVN repo
  • Laszlo (laszloh) 8/4/10 - 9/13/11^[1] Original OSX Builds and support
  • Gavin Andresen (gavinandresen): 10/11/10 - 5/2/16^[3] Frequent contributor; later Lead Maintainer
  • Chris Moore (dooglus): 1/21/11 - 3/31/11 Frequent contributor for some time; Still contributes occasionally
  • Pieter Wuille (sipa): 5/1/11 - present Frequent contributor
  • Jeff Garzik (jgarzik): 5/6/11 - July/Aug 2016^[4] Frequent Contributor
  • Wladimir J, van der Laan (laanwj, wumpus): 6/5/11 - present^[5] Frequent contributor; later Lead Maintainer
  • Nils Schneider (tcatm): 9/19/11 - 5/31/12 Frequent contributor for some time
  • Greg Maxwell (gmaxwell): 2/11/12 - 12/17/15 Frequent contributor; Gave up commit access due to toxicity and drama from the community
  • Jonas Schnelli (jonasschnelli): 11/13/15 - present^[6] Frequent contributor; given access after becoming GUI Maintainer
  • Marco Falke (MarcoFalke): 4/13/16 - present^[7] Frequent Contributor; given access after becoming QA/Testing Maintainer
  • Samuel Dobson (MeshCollider): 12/6/18 - present^[8] Frequent Contributor: given access after volunteering to be the Wallet Maintainer
  • Michael Ford (fanquake): 6/8/19 - present^[9] Frequent Contributor; given access after being nominated by several other frequent contributors and maintainers to become a maintainer.


  • [1] The move to Github occurred before the last SourceForge commit, but the last SourceForge commit declares sourceforge as dead. Presumably those who only committed to SourceForge no longer had commit access after the move
  • [2] Sirius was the one who created the original SVN repo on SourceForge.
  • [3] gavinandresen was the Lead Maintainer from 2/23/11 until 4/7/14
  • [4] I was informed via IRC PM by some of the Core devs that jgarzik was removed around August 2016 after he had been inactive for several months.
  • [5] laanwj is the current Lead Maintainer. After participating in that role for a long time, he was officially given the position by gavinandresen on 4/7/14
  • [6] jonasschnelli is currently the GUI Maintainer. After participating in that role for a long time, he was officially given the position by laanwj on 11/13/15
  • [7] MarcoFalke is currently the QA/Testing Maintainer. After participating in that role for a long time, he was officially given the position by laanwj on 4/13/16
  • [8] MeshCollider is currently the Wallet Maintainer. He had been contributing for a while, particularly to wallet related things. When laanwj asked if anyone would like to be the role of Wallet Maintainer, MeshCollider volunteered.
  • [9] fanquake is currently the Build System Maintainer as well as a general maintainer. He had been contributing for a while, particularly with updating dependency versions and build system related things. He also had been doing a lot of janitorial things in the repo such as tagging issues, closing old issues and PRs, nominating things to be merged, etc. At the CoreDev event in Amsterdam which several maintainers and contributors attended, he was nominated to be a maintainer by the entire group.

Other Notes:

  • Dates are Month/Day/year
  • There may be people missing and dates may be slightly incorrect. These are all that I can determine by looking at old emails and the commit history. Please let me know if anything is incorrect
  • The start date is determined by the first merge commit made by that person. The end date is determined by the date of the last merge commit made by that person or other announcements of commit access revocation.

After scrolling through nearly the entire git merges history, I have found a couple of interesting things.

Satoshi did not use a Version Control System originally. The releases and source code were originally in a rar file that was uploaded to bitcoin.org. Sirius had to setup the original SVN repository on SourceForge for him. This was then later migrated to GitHub by gavinandresen. Originally patches were authored by developers and then emailed to Satoshi, Sirius, or gavinandresen who then committed the changes to the source tree with the commit message containing the attribution, but not the actual commit itself.

Another interesting fact is that the giving out of commit access has become more strict. It is now a privilege held by those given maintainer positions and those whose privilege was grandfathered in (i.e. they had it previously and kept it). Previously it was simply given out to those who contributed frequently and revoked after they stopped contributing. This appears to be no longer the case, although there are still multiple people who can commit to the repository so that there is not any reliance on one person. The maintainers are still given to frequent contributors as the maintainers are frequent contributors to the set of functionality for which they are maintainers of. They received the positions because of frequent contributions to those functionalities.

Lastly, I could not find any evidence for Satoshi ever publicly announcing that gavinandresen was to be the Lead Maintainer after him. It seems that Gavin was already a frequent contributor and already had commit access for a while before Satoshi disappeared. After Satoshi disappeared and Sirius stopped contributing as much, gavinandresen simply took over the role as lead maintainer as he was the only frequent contributor with commit access.

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  • Thanks, this is the accepted answer now! – ripper234 Jul 21 '19 at 15:07

There is a incomplete list in the wiki.

Sadly, the list of people who have push access to the GitHub repository is not public viewable.

Core developers are listed on Bitcoin.org in terms of number of commits.

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    Is there a reason that is not public knowledge? (other than no one has gotten around to making it so?) seems like an important thing for folks to be able to know, if they wanted to – lemonginger Sep 28 '11 at 23:53

Mike Hearn - Google engineer and BitCoinJ developer, created a quick reference guide to some of the communities top contributors, based on publicly available information, Real Names, to make Bitcoin come across as a more professional, trustworthy project.

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People who have push access (as of September 27th, 2011) are according to this message on the Bitcoin development mailing list:

Some more info on these people can be found on the wiki.

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  • Doesnt sound like decentralization to me. How hard is it for 5 people to collude, when there is that much money at stake? – Fred Blauer Jun 25 '19 at 15:08
  • This should be a comment rather than an answer. Anyways, you are conflating the title of a maintainer with being a leader of the project, which really isn’t what the role entails. – Ugam Kamat Jun 25 '19 at 16:16

According to a comment by Pieter Wuille posted to this article, there are five people with write access to the repo:

  • Gavin Andresen
  • Wladimir J. van der Laan
  • Greg Maxwell
  • Jeff Garzik
  • Pieter Wuille

This list matches the one published here:


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  • This is correct as of may 2015. – Pieter Wuille May 14 '15 at 21:53
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    However, you spelled my name wrong :) – Pieter Wuille May 15 '15 at 5:08
  • Sorry about that. Fixed. – Rich Apodaca May 15 '15 at 17:09

This chat transcript has the developers listed as

[06:55] <noagendamarket>     Satoshi Nakamoto
[06:55] <noagendamarket>     Gavin Andresen - (PGP)
[06:55] <noagendamarket>     Amir Taaki - (PGP)
[06:55] <noagendamarket>     Pieter Wuille
[06:55] <noagendamarket>     Nils Schneider - nils.schneider@gmail.com
[06:55] <noagendamarket>     Jeff Garzik - jgarzik@exmulti.com (PGP)
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  • Note that the reported date of that transcript is 2011-09-04. – nealmcb Sep 7 '11 at 3:34
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    Just to clarify: September 4th. – ripper234 Sep 7 '11 at 3:37

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