The Ordinals ecosystem is currently undergoing full development but remains limited to two primary methods for minting Bitcoin NFTs.
The first method involves inscribing Bitcoin Ordinals and requires technical skills, including running a full Bitcoin node and installing Ord onto the node to create an Ordinals wallet. Two types of Bitcoin wallets can process Ordinals, both of which must be Taproot-compatible and have a “coin control” capability to avoid spending Ordinal satoshis as network fees or sending them inadvertently in another transaction.
The Sparrow wallet is recommended solely for receiving Ordinals, as using it does not require running a full node. In contrast, an Ord wallet, which allows for inscriptions and freezing inscribed sats to prevent accidental spending, necessitates running a full node with 500GB capacity.
Regardless of the wallet, users must ensure they have sufficient Bitcoin to cover the transaction fee.
The second method is more straightforward and involves using no-code tools such as Gamma or Ordinalsbot.com to inscribe Bitcoin NFTs. Users can mint their Ordinals on Gamma by selecting the file type, uploading the necessary file, setting the transaction fee, and pasting the Bitcoin address to send the digital artifact. Users must ensure that the address is Ordinal-compatible or a Taproot address.
Once the NFT is minted, users can track its minting status via an emailed link and view it on OrdinalsViewer.