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How to get Namecoins

Mining

Namecoins can be mined in the same way as Bitcoins. However, it is recommended to do merged-mining, i.e. Namecoins are mined as a free by-product of Bitcoin mining.

Only a few mining pools offer merged-mining, see Comparison of Mining Pools and check the merged-mining column. Ask your favorite Bitcoin pool to offer merged-mining in case they don't.

You can also run your own mining pool. Eloipool and p2pool software has support for merged-mining.

If you don't have specialized hardware (ASICs) for Bitcoin mining consider mining a CPU-friendly coin and exchange it for BTC and then NMC.

Exchange

In order to buy Namecoins see the list of exchanges.

You can check current namecoin prices. at coinmarketcap and namecoin historical price charts at bitcoinwisdom.