Ethereum vs. Hyperledger

Ethereum can be defined as an open-source platform for decentralized applications. Being an open source distributed public blockchain network allows decentralized apps to be built on it with the help of Smart Contract functionality. . Also, Ethereum claims to have the second-largest market cap in the cryptocurrency world, Bitcoin being the first. 

On the other hand, Hyperledger is an open-source global collaboration that helps in creating and developing enterprise-grade and distributed ledger frameworks to accelerate the development of cross-industry blockchain technologies. It is neither a tool nor a platform like Ethereum. It’s an umbrella strategy with multiple platforms for developing enterprise solutions.

Now that you know what Hyperledger and Ethereum are, let’s compare on what grounds they differ and how they serve different purposes.

Ethereum vs. Hyperledger: Key Differences.


Ethereum runs the Smart Contracts on the EVM. It also enables the deployment of decentralized applications, also known as dApps. It is also a B2C business.

Hyperledger leverages blockchain technology for business that enables people to develop personalized blockchains for their various needs. It is designed to support pluggable implementations of components delivering high degrees of confidentiality, resilience and scalability. This is also a B2B business.


Ethereum is a public network which means all the transactions recorded on the Blockchain network are visible and accessible by every peer. 

Hyperledger is private and permissioned which allows confidential transactions.  The network are only visible to the authorized members having correct encryption keys.

Peer Role

Ethereum can be either public or private without any permissions, anybody can participate in the network at any time which leads to several issues such as scalability, privacy, and efficiency.

Hyperledger is a private and permissioned network. It offers a distributed ledger technology(DLT) that doesn’t rely on informing each peer in the network to perform a transaction.

Consensus Mechanism

Ethereum leverages Proof-of-Stake(PoS) consensus in which all the nodes have to reach a consensus. 

Hyperledger uses a different type of consensus, nodes are allowed to choose between no consensus needed and an agreement protocol. It has a fine-grained control over consensus and restricted access to transactions which results in improved performance scalability and privacy.

Programming Language

Ethereum are written in Solidity programming language, and it is considered to be the native language of Ethereum. 

Hyperledger the term “chaincode” can be used as a synonym for smart contract. A chaincode typically handles business logic agreed to by members of the network, so it may be considered as a smart contract. These chaincodes are written in Golang, a programming language created by Google.


Ethereum can be used when one wishes to come up with dApps and smart contracts for performing multiple tasks. However, its permission less mode of operation and total transparency comes at the cost of performance scalability and privacy.

Hyperledger solves performance scalability and privacy issues by permissioned mode of operation and fine-grained access control. If one wishes to develop B2B applications, choose Hyperledger.


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