In cryptography and cryptocurrencies, Plaintext simply refers to information that’s unencrypted, waiting to be sent or transmitted to another party.

Sometimes plaintext information is also called “cleartext“, as the information that is being transmitted is unencrypted and sent “in the clear”.

Specific to cryptography, plaintext is the input given to a cryptographic algorithm, such as an encryption algorithm, which then encodes data into ciphertext.

The ciphertext is the message transmitted to the receiving party.