QTUM Release Mainnet Ignition v1.0.1
Qtum is a decentralized blockchain project built on Bitcoin's UTXO model, with support for Ethereum Virtual Machine based smart contracts, and secured by a proof of stake consensus model. It achieves this through the revolutionary Account Abstraction Layer which allows the EVM to communicate with Qtum's Bitcoin-like UTXO blockchain. For more general information about Qtum as well as links to join our community, go to https://qtum.org
Welcome to the Qtum Ignition Main Network. This is the main network where the tokens hold value and should be guarded very carefully. There will be a testnet setup soon for developers, in the meantime you can use
-regtestmode for testing needs. We will announce details about the token swap from QTUM ERC20 coins to QTUM mainnet tokens soon, watch our website for details about that.
The major features implemented in Qtum Ignition include:
- The Ethereum Virtual Machine, which allows for compatibility with most existing Solidity based smart contracts.
- The Smart Staking Protocol is complete, which is an optimized Proof of Stake implementation designed for a smart contract platform (however, smart contracts can not participate in staking yet).
- An early and basic smart contract GUI has been implemented that can be used for creating contracts, sending data and Qtum to them, and checking their status by executing them locally. This functionality is similar to Mist's UI right now, but it is still an early version. We will be working on this more to improve it.
- Regtest mode, which is ideal for developers who wish to create their own private blockchain. It is tuned specifically to make development easier. It will stake blocks automatically every 30 seconds, and can generate proof-of-work blocks instantly as needed.
- The Decentralized Governance Protocol is completely implemented and functional, which allows certain network parameters to be modified without a fork.
For more technical information for how to start developing with Qtum please read the Guidefaucet smart contract (it hasn't yet been updated for Mainnet for obvious reasons, but all the instructions are the same and you can try them in regtest mode)
Deleting the Sparknet and Skynet blockchain
If you downloaded the Sparknet or Skynet wallet and ran it at some point, then most likely you have a copy of the Sparknet or Skynet blockchain on your computer. There is no value in keeping this and it is safe to delete. You simply need to delete the data directory you chose when you first ran Qtum. If you're not sure, then it is probably in the default location. This location depends on platform:
- On Linux:
- On OSX:
- On Windows: ###code# (copy and paste this into your Explorer address bar and it'll take you there)
If you get an error about "unknown genesis block" or something similar, then this is the problem and you need to delete the old blockchain. Make sure to not delete the file
wallet.datif you have any mainnet Qtum tokens stored in an address within it. (It's recommended to keep it and then resync and make sure your coins are safe, just in case)
The easiest way to get started with Qtum is to simply download the binaries below. To give a brief breakdown of the different versions available:
- qtum-0.14.3-win32.zip - A version of Qtum-Qt, qtumd, and qtum-cli built for 32bit x86 machines using Windows. If you have an older Windows computer and don't care about installing Qtum system-wide, then this is for you.
- qtum-0.14.3-win64.zip - A version of Qtum-Qt, qtumd, and qtum-cli built for 64bit x86 machines using Windows. If you have a modern Windows computer and don't care about installing Qtum system-wide, then this is for you.
- qtum-0.14.3-win32-setup-unsigned.exe - A version of Qtum-Qt, qtumd, and qtum-cli built for 32bit x86 machines using Windows. This includes an installer and will install Qtum system wide. If you have an older Windows computer and want to install Qtum then this is for you.
- qtum-0.14.3-win64-setup-unsigned.exe - A version of Qtum-Qt, qtumd, and qtum-cli built for 64bit x86 machines using Windows. This includes an installer and will install Qtum system wide. If you have a modern Windows computer and want to install Qtum then this is for you.
- qtum-0.14.3-osx64.tar.gz - A version of Qtum-Qt, qtumd, and qtum-cli built for 64bit x86 machines using OSX. If you use a modern Mac and want development tools, this is what you want; we do not support older 32bit or PowerPC based Macs.
- qtum-0.14.3-osx-unsigned.dmg - A version of Qtum-Qt built for 64bit x86 machines using OSX in a .DMG installable format. If you use a modern Mac and aren't a developer, this is what you want; we do not support older 32bit or PowerPC based Macs.
- qtum-0.14.3-i686-pc-linux-gnu.tar.gz - A version of Qtum-Qt, qtumd, and qtum-cli built for 32bit x86 PC platforms running Linux. This is probably what you want for older computers running Linux
- qtum-0.14.3-x86_64-linux-gnu.tar.gz - A version of Qtum-Qt, qtumd, and qtum-cli built for 64bit x86 PC platforms running Linux. This is probably what you want for any modern PC or server running Linux
- qtum-0.14.3-arm-linux-gnueabihf.tar.gz - A version of qtumd and qtum-cli built for 32bit ARM platforms using Linux. This includes the Raspberry Pi and many of it's clones
- qtum-0.14.3-aarch64-linux-gnu.tar.gz - A version of qtumd and qtum-cli built for 64bit ARM platforms using Linux
Below in the full list of binaries, there are also versions that include debug symbols. These are useful for developers, but will run slower and are significantly larger to download.
Build Qtum Core
If you want to build it from source, it's recommended to follow the specific "build" documentation for your platform. But mostly it boils down to the following:
Clone the qtum source code and cd into
git clone --recursive https://github.com/qtumproject/qtum.git cd qtum
Configure and build the headless qtum binaries as well as the GUI (if Qt is found).
You can disable the GUI build by passing
./autogen.sh ./configure make
It is recommended to build and run the unit tests to ensure everything is working correctly:
If you encounter an error like:
make: *** No rule to make target ‘cpp-ethereum/utils/libscrypt/b64.c’, needed by ‘cpp-ethereum/utils/libscrypt/libbitcoinconsensus_la-b64.lo’. Stop.
Then you did not checkout the cpp-ethereum submodule for Qtum. To do that, simply:
cd qtum git submodule update --init --recursive
Make sure to check out these resources as well for more information and to keep up to date with all the latest news about Qtum. At least 1 developer is always around, so if you're developing on Qtum and need help, we'd love to welcome you to our community.
Qtum Smart Contract Limitations
- EVM smart contracts can not receive coins from or send coins to any address type other than pay-to-pubkeyhash (starts with Q) addresses. This is due to a limitation in the EVM
- Contracts are not allowed to create contracts with an initial endowment of coins. The contract must first be created, and then be sent coins in a separate transaction. Humans are also not allowed to create contracts with an initial endowment of coins.
- Although all of the infrastructure is present, Qtum Core does not
currently parse Solidity event data. You must parse this yourself using
- It is not possible to send a contract coins without also executing the contract. This is also the case of Ethereum. This was promised in earlier discussions and technically does work, but due to lack of time for testing this feature was disabled. We hope to reenable this feature with release of the x86 virtual machine in 2018.
- In Qtum there can be multiple addresses used to create a
proof-of-stake block. However, the EVM can only see the first output
coinbaseoperation in Solidity (this address is also the one registered for the continuous staker rewards after 500 blocks).
Qtum v1.0.1 Limitations/Bugs
The only known bug at this time is the "per-txout" bug from Bitcoin which was demonstrated at the Breaking Bitcoin conference. This is nearly fixed, but requires a lot of testing since it is a large change to make at this point. We plan to have a v1.0.2 release soon with this bug fixed, as well as a completely setup
-testnetmode with faucets etc.
- v1.0.1: Fixed network magic bytes and minimum version to ensure the main network does not conflict with the Skynet network
- v1.0: Initial release