In brief

  • Dune Analytics data shows popular DeFi protocols have collectively grown more than 23% since June 1.
  • Token pool protocol Balancer has grown more than 580%, adding more than 7,000 new users.
  • Lending protocol Aave is looking to keep up the momentum with the release of delegated credit lines.

DeFi is growing at breakneck speed, and thousands of new users have jumped in on the action in recent weeks.

According to recent data from research platform Dune Analytics, the top decentralized finance protocols have shown spectacular growth since June 1.

None more so than asset pooling and token swap protocol Balancer, which saw its user base grow by more than 580% in that time. A distant second is the liquidity pool exchange Curve, which saw user growth of more than 170%. All in all, it’s more evidence that DeFi is taking the crypto world by storm, and may eventually lead the breakout into broader crypto usage among the general population.

User growth on DeFi protocol Balancer since March.
User growth on DeFi protocol Balancer since March. Source: Dune Analytics

The Dune Analytics dashboard used to measure DeFi users over time was developed by 1confirmation partner Richard Chen and includes 20 of the most popular DeFi protocols, all of which have recorded at least some growth since the end of May. Dune Analytics allows users to create their own dashboards tracking statistical data within the blockchain ecosystem, like Ethereum gas prices or decentralized exchange (DEX) metrics.

Additional DeFi products posting impressive user gains include decentralized exchange aggregator 1inch at 43% growth, asset lending protocol Compound at 40%, and Uniswap at 37%. 

Compound recently began distributions of the COMP governance token, giving the community control over the development and future of the decentralized protocol. In May, Uniswap released an upgrade enabling lower swap fees and a host of new features including price oracle functionality and flash loans.

User growth across DeFi apps since March.
User growth across DeFi apps since January. Source: Dune Analytics

Since June 1, total DeFi users have grown by more than 23%.

Lending protocol Aave has seen user growth of more than 62% since June 1, and may continue to be a DeFi growth driver following today’s launch of credit delegation


Credit delegation works something like co-signing for a bank loan, allowing liquidity providers on Aave to designate other users who can take out loans backed by the original depositors collateral. The system allows liquidity providers to earn more interest on their deposits, while borrowers are able to access loans with little or no collateral of their own.

Like Compound’s recent COMP distributions and Balancer’s BAL governance token launch, Aave’s addition of credit delegation is intended to make DeFi more accessible and appealing to a wider audience. 

Judging by recent growth across the board for DeFi users, it appears those efforts are bearing fruit.


The views and opinions expressed by the author are for informational purposes only and do not constitute financial, investment, or other advice.

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