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Artiqox Core [AIQ, ₳]



What is Artiqox?

Artiqox is a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, although it does not use SHA256 as its proof of work (POW). Taking development cues from Dogecoin, Tenebrix and Litecoin, Artiqox currently employs a simplified variant of scrypt.


Artiqox is released under the terms of the MIT license. See COPYING for more information or see

Development and contributions

Development is ongoing, and the development team, as well as other volunteers, can freely work in their own trees and submit pull requests when features or bug fixes are ready.

Version strategy

Version numbers are following major.minor.patch semantics.


There are 3 types of branches in this repository:

  • master: Unstable, contains new code for planned releases. We DO NOT recommend anyone run this code on a production machine or in a production environment. If your wallet breaks, you get to keep all the pieces. We have done this, to show code additions and removal as this is how most sites monitor development.
  • maintenance: Stable, contains the latest version of previous releases, which are still under active maintenance. Format: <version>-maint
  • archive: Stable, contains obsolete and redundant code. Kept in archive for historic reasons. These versions will generally run but will not connect to the AIQ Network Format: <version>-archive


Developers are strongly encouraged to write unit tests for new code, and to submit new unit tests for old code. Unit tests can be compiled and run (assuming they weren't disabled in configure) with: make check. Further details on running and extending unit tests can be found in /src/test/

There are also regression and integration tests of the RPC interface, written in Python, that are run automatically on the build server. These tests can be run (if the test dependencies are installed) with: qa/pull-tester/

Changes should be tested by somebody other than the developer who wrote the code. This is especially important for large or high-risk changes. It is useful to add a test plan to the pull request description if testing the changes is not straightforward.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to get Artiqox?

Artiqox uses a simplified variant of the scrypt key derivation function as its proof of work with a target time of one minute per block and difficulty readjustment after every block. The block rewards are fixed and halve every 200,000 blocks. Starting with the 1,000,000th block, a permanent reward of 42 Artiqox per block will be paid.

The current block reward schedule:

1–199,999: 2,000 Artiqox

200,000–399,999: 1,000 Artiqox

400,000–599,999: 500 Artiqox

600,000–799,999: 250 Artiqox

800,000–899,999: 125 Artiqox

900,000–999,999: 75 Artiqox

1,000,000+: 42 Artiqox

How to Build artiqoxd/artiqox-cli/artiqox-qt

The following are developer notes on how to build Artiqox on your native platform. They are not complete guides, but include notes on the necessary libraries, compile flags, etc.


RPC 19421 P2P 19427


Changes to translations, as well as new translations, can be submitted to Bitcoin Core's Transifex page.

Periodically the translations are pulled from Transifex and merged into the git repository. See the translation process for details on how this works.

If the changes are Artiqox specific, they can be submitted as pull requests against this repository. If it is a general translation, consider submitting it through upstream, as we will pull these changes later on.

Development tips and tricks

compiling for debugging

Run configure with the --enable-debug option, then make. Or run configure with CXXFLAGS="-g -ggdb -O0" or whatever debug flags you need.


If the code is behaving strangely, take a look in the debug.log file in the data directory; error and debugging messages are written there.

The -debug=... command-line option controls debugging; running with just -debug will turn on all categories (and give you a very large debug.log file).

The Qt code routes qDebug() output to debug.log under category "qt": run with -debug=qt to see it.

testnet and regtest modes

Run with the -testnet option to run with "play AIQ" on the test network, if you are testing multi-machine code that needs to operate across the internet.

If you are testing something that can run on one machine, run with the -regtest option. In regression test mode, blocks can be created on-demand; see qa/rpc-tests/ for tests that run in -regtest mode.


Artiqox Core is a multithreaded application, and deadlocks or other multithreading bugs can be very difficult to track down. Compiling with -DDEBUG_LOCKORDER (configure CXXFLAGS="-DDEBUG_LOCKORDER -g") inserts run-time checks to keep track of which locks are held, and adds warnings to the debug.log file if inconsistencies are detected.