Blockchain: What Exactly is a dApp?

With Web 3.0 around the corner, it is important and necessary to stay updated especially with this nascent technology. We have in the past few days covered a few web 3.0 terms and other related articles. Today, we are going to explain to you what exactly a dApp is if you have come across the term. If you have never had of the term, just buckle up and we learn together.

Current applications sitting on web 2.0 are centralized and with this incoming tech, many jargons, slang, coined words, and other things are coming up that are majorly being powered by Blockchain technology. Here is a basic understanding of dApp.

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What is a dApp?

decentralized application (DApp, dApp, Dapp, or dapp) is an application that can operate autonomously, typically through the use of smart contracts, that run on a decentralized computing, blockchain, or other distributed ledger system.

Decentralized applications have been popularised by distributed ledger technologies (DLT), such as the Ethereum blockchain, on which DApps are built, amongst other public blockchains. The trustless and straightforward nature of DApps has prompted more noteworthy advancements in the usage of these highlights inside the decentralized money (DeFi) space.

Also Read: What is DeFi and How Does It Change Finance?

How dApps work?

A decentralized application, not at all like an incorporated application, isn’t claimed by a solitary organization. All things being equal, it works in a distributed organization or a blockchain environment. Hence, clients don’t need to depend on a focal power to participate in exchanges and can rather do as such with one another straightforwardly.

If you are techie enough, just understand that dApps rely on backend code, typically a smart contract. This digital contract helps set the actions needed to run the dApp. This means the front end can entirely be on Web 2.0 and the backend is Web 3.0.

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Also Read: What is GameFi: Understanding “Play To Earn” Games

Types and use cases of dApps?

DApps are divided into numerous categories:

  • Exchanges
  • Games
  • Finance
  • Gambling
  • Development
  • Storage
  • High-risk
  • Wallet

Other notable categories include governance, property, identity, media, social, security, energy, insurance, health, etc. There are two main websites that I personally use to identify and find the different decentralized apps built on top of different blockchains and these are; and


With the ascent and developing reception of blockchain innovation, the center is going to a specific fragment with tremendous potential – Decentralized Applications (dApps) and hopefully you have learned a thing or two from our article.


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