Update on the Bitcoin SegWit2x hard fork

We wanted to give our customers an update on the upcoming Bitcoin SegWit2x hard fork scheduled for November 2017. You can read more about what a digital currency fork is here.

We operate by the principle that our customers should benefit to the greatest extent possible from hard forks or other unexpected events. This is essential in our mission to make GDAX the most trusted and liquid digital asset exchange.

Customers with bitcoin balances stored on GDAX at the time of the fork will have access to bitcoin on both blockchains. There is no action required from customers. Bitcoin can be securely stored on GDAX before, during, and after the fork.

After the fork, we will enable access when we have determined each blockchain is secure and stable. We expect this to happen within a few days after the fork, but it may take longer if additional risks emerge.

We are currently working on the engineering and security requirements for each bitcoin blockchain — as well as continuing the work to enable Bitcoin Cash withdrawals.

In the coming weeks — nearer to the date of the fork — we will provide a more detailed plan for how GDAX will approach naming the two Bitcoin blockchains.