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@Asherda Asherda released this Feb 9, 2020

Verus Desktop

The first GUI application to support the self-sovereign, quantum, ready, user-friendly Verus ID protocol, along with full node wallets for KMD ecosystem coins, BTC based Electrum servers, and Ethereum/ERC20 tokens, Verus Desktop has come a very long way, and is now ready to become the main desktop wallet for the entire Verus ecosystem going forward.

Along with Verus Identity support, an intuitive mining/staking interface with estimated earning predictions, and private transactions/messages, Verus Desktop is also the first easy to use native wallet interface for Zcash private transactions, private messages, private addresses and mining.

For those here from the Zcash community, we offer you a warm welcome to our new wallet, and an invite to join our community. Verus is a completely decentralised, no premine, no ICO project, launched for anyone to mine freely around 2 years ago on BitcoinTalk. Since then, we have introduced (read: created and successfully implemented) numerous innovations into the crypto space on the roadmap outlined in our vision paper, including, but not limited to:

  • Self-sovereign decentralised blockchain identity
  • A hybrid 50/50 PoS/PoW consensus mechanism that solves major blockchain issues with both protocols (50% hash attacks, nothing @ stake problem, double staking)
  • User-friendly blockchain names (with self-sovereign, decentralised ways of recovering lost/stolen keys)
  • VerusHash 2.0, A completely unique CPU-based hashing algorithm that actually allows laptop CPUs to be profitable to use (even with dedicated mining equipment on the network)
  • Public Blockchains as a Service, a completely decentralised, automated, scaleable multi-blockchain ecosystem with reserve currencies for compete liquidity

We would also like to thank the Zcash developers for working on, and continually advocating for a concept with continually rising importance to all of our individual freedoms: privacy.

-- Truth and Privacy for All --

New in v0.6.4-beta-1

  • Added ability to get WIF key from electrum addresses
  • Fixed minor mining display issue
  • Fixed KMD interest claim in SPV mode
  • Fixed KMD native launch on Windows

Verus Desktop v0.6.4-beta-1

The first application with self-sovereign, friendly-name, revocable, recoverable, quantum-ready blockchain funds addresses and identities, using the Verus ID identity protocol.

Verus-Desktop GUI was redesigned from the ground up to elegantly introduce a number of unique features, including:

  • Verus ID support
    • Identity creation, revocation, and recovery
    • Identity GUI details and dashboards
  • Multiple wallet profile support, each with their own default wallet screen and active coins
  • Numerous performance/usability improvements
  • A Redesigned Verus logo
  • An interactive, intuitive mining/staking screen with predicted earnings, and the ability to shield coinable transactions
  • Full blockchain node (native) support for Verus, Komodo/many KMD Asset Chains, and ZCash
  • Private message, transaction, and address support for ZCash, Verus, Pirate, and any other zkSNARK enabled native coins included

Worldwide Verifiable Digital Signatures for All!

Verus digital signatures, based on Verus ID, offer the first worldwide verifiable, decentralized, single or multi-sig friendly-name signatures for content such as messages and files, authentication, and attestations, with full support for revocation and recovery in case of key loss or theft.

Bitcoin, which was first to enable worldwide, P2P decentralized blockchain transactions, and most of its derivatives, offer ways to sign messages with specific private keys that can be verified against public addresses. While that does offer some limited signing capability, it does not offer capabilities that can compete with centralized services offering more sophisticated key management. A single public/private key pair lacks critical capabilities to make it suitable as an actual identity, most notable and obvious being the ability to recover from loss or theft of private keys, but arguably as important are friendly name aliases, modifiable multi-sig signing, updates, privacy, and the association of signed attestations by other identities to statements about properties of the identity.

Verus Desktop makes it easy to digitally sign any message or file on your PC and to validate signatures, against either the original messages and files, or optionally just the hash of a message or file, to enable more efficient validation in applications that leverage this technology.

Verus ID enables free verifiable digital signatures for all through the Verus ID protocol as just one of the many new capabilities it enables. It is also the foundation upon which many new applications and additional capabilities can be built.

For example, using Verus ID, it’s possible for any journalist anywhere to sign photos, videos, and content, establish a reputation for authenticity, and counter the potential for deep-fakes to make the truth harder to find. Open source projects can now create their own identities and digitally sign their binary releases, ensuring that not only can a file be verified by hash as the one downloaded from a particular server, but by signature as the actual file initially signed by the developer or release engineer. Signatures also form the basis for any attestation of one party to the validity of another. In fact, there are so many applications for digital signatures, from things listed already, to physical entry systems, to workflow applications, to new earning opportunities that a full discussion of use cases would overwhelm these release notes.

In any case, we are happy to release digital signatures for all, and we hope you enjoy using this new, simple capability, maybe even think of a new use case you’d like to pursue yourself as a business opportunity on the Verus Network!

Verus ID

Verus IDs are a fully functional blockchain protocol, not just an ID system. There is no corporation involved in the protocol, unlike most blockchain ID implementations. Verus IDs provide plenty of opportunity for identity applications. Specifically, Verus ID provides:

Quantum-ready friendly crypto-addresses on the worldwide Verus network

VerusIDs can be used to receive and send funds, which are controlled by the single or multi-sig addresses specified in the identity itself. If these controlling addresses or the single or multi-sig properties are changed, which can be done by the controller of the identity, all future spends of UTXOs sent to that identity follow the updated spend conditions and are subject to the updated keys. Although Verus 0.6.2 does not include quantum resistant signatures for transactions, VerusIDs are themselves resistant to quantum attack with known algorithms, and we have already started to integrate a quantum secure signature scheme, which we expect to activate on mainnet early next year. When that is available, it will be possible to change an ID and have all of the funds sent to it made retroactively quantum resistant. Verus IDs can also be used to publish ID->destination address mappings on other blockchains, but only the Verus ecosystem has the ability to revoke, recover, inherit, funds in existing UTXOs.

Fully Decentralized Protocol

Anyone can create one and have complete, self sovereign control over it without permission to do so. All costs to create an ID go to miners, stakers, and ID referrers. Verus IDs are:

  • Revocable -- each ID includes a revocation authority, which defaults to the identity self, and which has the permission to revoke the identity, which creates a valid transaction that, once mined into a block, prevents the identity from being used to spend or sign until it is recovered, effectively freezing all of its funds, for example, in the case of key theft.

  • Recoverable -- each ID also includes a separate recovery authority, which also defaults to self, and which can recover the identity through redefining its primary state and the recovery state as well, though it cannot modify the revocation state, or vice versa, unless they are both controlled by the same underlying authority.

  • Private - Each ID contains a set of zero-knowledge private addresses, which can be used as messaging, financial, or voting endpoints, and each ID also contains a content map of key-value hashes, intended to be used alongside applications and various identity policies to provide everything from private yet selectively provable claims and attestations to selectively provable components of a strong passport, attested to with a quantum secure signature when that is available.

VerusHash 2.1

VerusHash 2.0 was the first algorithm to significantly equalize FPGAs dominance over CPUs, once they were introduced on the Verus network. While FPGAs were intentionally not blocked completely, which would simply drive the performance battle to the higher end and further into secret, the VerusHash 2.0 algorithm was developed to explicitly equalize FPGAs and modern CPUs and has met its original goals in keeping FPGA performance for the price under 2x of CPU. VerusHash 2.1 introduces an adjustment to the equalization technology, which we expect to tilt the balance a bit more favorably towards CPUs, while still enabling FPGAs to operate on the hash algorithm with minor modifications. Verus Developers have proactively reached out to FPGA manufacturers and made the new algorithm available to them, so that everyone will have an opportunity to mine and stake when the Verus economy starts to roll and identity rewards, which will not inflate the currency, but should far exceed the potential for block rewards, begin streaming from the network.

Although you may choose to use this wallet as your primary wallet rather than Verus Agama at this time, there are a couple features still pending for us to consider this release a full replacement for every feature in Verus Agama. The following features that some may consider important are not yet in Verus Desktop, and will be added before it is considered a full replacement:

  • Komodo interest - currently Verus Desktop does not enable claiming of Komodo interest, which should be introduced by the next version
  • Coinbase shielding - while Verus Coin no longer requires shielding coinbases before they are used in transparent transactions, other supported blockchains, like Pirate/ARRR, may benefit from this feature, and older coinbase rewards on the Verus network, including older time locked coinbases, still need to be shielded before being used. Coinbase shielding should also be available in the next version of Verus Desktop.

Other than those two features, we consider the feature set in Verus Desktop complete, and if you don't need those features, it should serve as a fine primary PC wallet for daily use.

Verus Desktop supports full node or lite mode wallets for Verus, KMD, ARRR, and other KMD ecosystem coins. It also supports BTC, Zcash, Dash, ETH, and ERC20 tokens in lite mode as well.

We hope you enjoy creating, managing and using your very own friendly, self-sovereign, fully-decentralized, quantum ready identities.


This is experimental and unfinished software. Use at your own risk! No warranty for any kind of damage!
Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The enclosed copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.



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Verifying Downloads

A txt file containing the signer, standard sha256 file checksum, and signature, is included for each download. These packages have been signed with the identity "Verus Coin Foundation Releases@".

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