A hyperbolic knot is a knot that has a complement that can be given a metric of constant curvature . All hyperbolic knots are prime
knots (Hoste et al. 1998).

A prime knot on 10 or fewer crossings can be tested in the Wolfram Language to see if it is hyperbolic using KnotData[knot,
"Hyperbolic"].

Of the prime knots with 16 or fewer crossings, all but 32 are hyperbolic. Of these 32, 12 are torus knots and the remaining 20 are satellites
of the trefoil knot (Hoste et al. 1998). The
nonhyperbolic knots with nine or fewer crossings are all torus knots, including (the -torus knot), , , (the -torus knot), and , the first few of which are illustrated above.

The following table gives the number of nonhyperbolic and hyperbolic knots of crossing starting with .

Almost all hyperbolic knots can be distinguished by their hyperbolic volumes (exceptions being 05-002 and a certain 12-crossing knot; see Adams 1994,
p. 124).

It was proved by Cao and Meyerhoff (2001) that the figure eight knot has the smallest possible hyperbolic volume, 2.0298.... The question
of which knot has the second smallest hyperbolic volume remains open, but is conjectured
to be
(which has the same hyperbolic volume as the 12-crossing knot mentioned above).

Mutant knots have the same hyperbolic knot volume.

The knot symmetry group of a hyperbolic knot must be either a finite cyclic group or a finite dihedral
group (Riley 1979, Kodama and Sakuma 1992, Hoste et al. 1998).