About

Unlock is an open source, Ethereum-based protocol designed to streamline membership benefits for online communities.

Unlock is meant to help creators find ways to monetize without relying on a middleman. It’s a protocol — and not a centralized platform that controls everything that happens on it.

Unlock’s mission is about taking back subscription and access from the domain of middlemen — from a million tiny silos and a handful of gigantic ones — and transforming it into a fundamental business model for the web.
The Unlock Protocol can be applied to publishing (paywalls), newsletters, software licenses or even the physical world, such as transportation systems. The web revolutionized all of these areas - Unlock will make them economically viable.

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News

September 9, 2021

Unlock Grantee Austin Robey recently concocted one of the most practical applications of NFTs I’ve ever seen using Unlock’s protocol: Meeting IRL over a great meal. More...

Sept 2, 2021

The team at Novum Insights has received a grant to build a Firebase integration to let any developer on that platform easily integrate a membership in their application! More...

August 25, 2021

Welcome UX/Monetization Expert Amber Case as Strategic Advisor to Unlock! Here’s the Kind of Applications & Partnerships She'll Help Build With Our Community More...

August 17, 2021

At Unlock, we believe that hackers and makers will be building a better version of the web. For this reason, we are sponsors for HackFS, and we give our community the power to vote on the best projects! More...

August 10, 2021

We are so excited to announce the following grant recipients for our second cohort! Our grant selection committee carefully reviewed each project and, the winners were chosen for their vision and potential growth for the protocol. More...

August 4, 2021

We're very excited to introduce the Unlock Decentraland integration! It lets Decentralandd developers easily create private spaces that only users who own a specific NFT can access! More...

July 19, 2021

We worked hard to surface some of the amazing things we worked on in the last few months: our grants program, our developer community, and some of the integrations! More...

July 8, 2021

We're excited to announce that Kalidou Diagne (one of our latest Unlock Token Grantees) just released his project Unlock Showcase! More...

July 6, 2021

Unlock memberships are NFT, just like CryptoPunks, CryptoKitties or, Beeple's art. As a creator, you can customize them! More...

June 22, 2021

Discourse is an open-source Internet forum and mailing list management software application used by many communities around the web. You can now easily add locks to your Discourse forum! More...