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The Blur Network is a privacy-oriented peer-to-peer network, built upon the premise that privacy is incompatible with centralization. BLUR employs a custom mining algorithm called CryptoNight-Dynamic. Iterations adjust approximately once every five seconds, with a goal of maintaining CPU advantages over specialized mining hardware.

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Blur: The Private Cryptocurrency

Blur Network

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About the Project

The Blur Network is an experimental project based upon the premise that privacy and centralization cannot coexist. We focus on maximizing accessibility to block rewards, while fostering an educational environment. We seek to create an ecosystem where individuals can take a first-hand role in protecting their right to privacy.

The Blur Network employs a custom algorithm for mining, called CryptoNight-Dynamic. The algorithm adjusts approximately once every five seconds, with a goal of maintaining CPU advantages over specialized mining hardware. Making use of a Unix timestamp, the current block height, and the previous block’s hash, CryptoNight-Dynamic varies iterations in the CryptoNight algorithm. Employing a timestamp in the calculation serves the purpose of dynamic iterations on an intra-block basis, while height and the previous block’s hash create variation on an inter-block basis. The iterations necessary to mine each next block are directly dependent upon the result of the block before it.

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Currency: Blur (Ticker: BLUR)
Website: https://blur.cash
Block Explorer: http://explorer.blur.cash/
Block Explorer API Example: http://explorer.blur.cash/api/transactions
Offline Wallet Generator: Offline HTML Page
Discord (Main Point of Contact for Blur): Blur Official Discord
Telegram: Telegram
BitcoinTalk Announcement: Official Thread on BitcoinTalk.org
Reddit: Official Blur Network Subreddit
CLI Binary Release(s): Download via Github
GUI Wallet Release(s): Download via Github
Algorithm: Cryptonight-Dynamic
Ports: P2P port = 52541
RPC port = 52542
Seed Nodes:
  • Node 1: 66.70.189.131:52541
  • Node 2: 66.70.188.178:52541
  • Node 3: 66.70.189.183:52541
  • Donate to help support Blur:

    BTC: 13u7qiXLRvLq1sBVgSQRykWYCTeAXmMWEn
    LTC: LM2tBw25UMfdjAJbo52tzh5r3R47a1aMeM
    XMR: 46MT7yy9mF3Bvk61XmRzirB4wdSkPqNRJ3pwUcRYxj3WWCGLMHD9sE5bNtChnYQiPYiCYDPyXyJGKFG3uT2CbeKWCwnvWLv
    BLUR: bL4PdWFk3VVgEGYezGTXigHrsoJ3JGKgxKDi1gHXT7GKTLawFu3WMhu53Gc2KCmxxmCHbR4VEYMQ93PRv8vWgJ8j2mMHVEzLu

    Compiling from Source

    Blur uses the CMake build system and a top-level Makefile that invokes cmake commands as needed.

    Step 1: Clone this repository's stable branch:

    git clone --recursive https://github.com/blur-network/blur.git

    Step 2a: Install dependencies (If you wish to link the binaries dynamically)

    If you wish to instead compile statically, scroll to step 2(b)

    Ubuntu/Debian:

    Required: sudo apt-get install -y build-essential cmake pkg-config libboost-all-dev libssl-dev libsodium-dev libunwind-dev binutils-dev rapidjson-dev libreadline-dev

    Optional: sudo apt-get install -y liblzma-dev libexpat1-dev libgtest-dev

    Arch Linux:

    Required: sudo pacman -S base-devel cmake boost openssl libsodium libunwind binutils-devel rapidjson-devel readline

    Optional: sudo pacman -S xz expat gtest

    Step 2(b): Build dependencies, and link statically, all in one go

    To compile for Linux (distro-agnostic): make release-cross-linux-x86_64

    To compile for Windows(mingw64): make release-cross-winx64

    To compile for Mac(x86_64): make release-cross-mac-x86_64 Please note: the mac cross-compilation does not function properly. Additional steps may be required. As a result, our binaries are compiled for macOS on a macOS host.

    The Makefile entries run by the above commands will build dependencies for x86_64-gnu-linux and x86_64-w64-mingw32 hosts, respectively. If you would like to compile for a different type of host platform, cd into the contrib/depends directory, and build with make HOST=xxx-yyy-zzz where xxx-yyy-zzz is a standard host triplet.

    Note that we do not officially support builds for 32-bit architecture, arm architecture, or the freebsd linux distribution currently. However, there are options within the Makefile for these configurations. These entries may require significant modifications to source files, in order to work properly.

    Mining on Linux

    Compile from source, or download the latest binary release from the Releases page.

    We also now offer a Snap package on the Ubuntu Snap Store: Get it from the Snap Store

    Open a terminal in the directory within which the binaries were downloaded. Assuming that is your Downloads folder, enter the following command:

    cd ~/Downloads && tar xvzf blur-v0.1.9.9.5-linux-x86_64.tar.gz

    Navigate into the directory you just extracted from the archive, and start the daemon.

    cd blur-v0.1.9.9.5-linux_x86_64 && ./blurd

    Wait for sync to complete, open a new tab or terminal window, and then start the wallet:

    ./blur-wallet-cli

    Follow the prompts to setup a new wallet. When prompted for the password, the CLI will not show a password as you type, as echo has been turned off for password entry.

    Record the information for your wallet.

    You can mine from your wallet, using the start_mining <threads> command -- but using that method directly from the wallet is NOT recommended.

    Secure way to mine: Once you've generated a wallet address, issue the following command to a running daemon:

    start_mining <address> <# of threads>

    Example: start_mining bL4PdWFk3VVgEGYezGTXigHrsoJ3JGKgxKDi1gHXT7GKTLawFu3WMhu53Gc2KCmxxmCHbR4VEYMQ93PRv8vWgJ8j2mMHVEzLu 4

    Or: Use the following startup flags when launching the daemon:

    ./blurd --start-mining="<BLUR address>" --mining-threads="<num. threads>"

    Example: ./blurd --start-mining="bL4PdWFk3VVgEGYezGTXigHrsoJ3JGKgxKDi1gHXT7GKTLawFu3WMhu53Gc2KCmxxmCHbR4VEYMQ93PRv8vWgJ8j2mMHVEzLu" --mining-threads="4"

    You should see a message for each thread that reads: Mining started for thread[0] or something similar.

    To view your hashrate in real-time, use the command show_hr.

    Whenever you find a block, your daemon will show a bold message with the block # found. It is normal to experience a slight delay between that message and the balance reflecting in your wallet.

    Mining on Windows

    Download the latest release from our Releases page.

    Open your Downloads Library in your File Explorer. Extract the executables from the compressed archive, and navigate to the folder that you just extracted.

    Start the daemon by double-clicking the blurd.exe file.

    You will see a pop-up from your firewall. Be sure to check the box next to "Private Networks" if you are on a private network, or your daemon will not be able to sync with the network. If you daemon stalls while syncing, close and restart the program. You will not lose any blocks you have already synced with. Once your daemon is synced with the network...

    Start the wallet by double-clicking the blur-wallet-cli file. Follow the prompts to setup a new wallet. When prompted for the password, the CLI will not show a password as you type, as echo has been turned off for password entry.

    Record the information for your wallet.

    You can mine from your wallet, using the start_mining <threads> command -- but using that method directly from the wallet is NOT recommended.

    Secure way to mine: Once you've generated a wallet address, issue the following command to a running daemon:

    start_mining <address> <# of threads>

    Example: start_mining bL4PdWFk3VVgEGYezGTXigHrsoJ3JGKgxKDi1gHXT7GKTLawFu3WMhu53Gc2KCmxxmCHbR4VEYMQ93PRv8vWgJ8j2mMHVEzLu 4

    Or: Use the following startup flags when launching the daemon, from Powershell:

    blurd.exe --start-mining="<BLUR address>" --mining-threads="<num. threads>"

    Example: blurd.exe --start-mining="bL4PdWFk3VVgEGYezGTXigHrsoJ3JGKgxKDi1gHXT7GKTLawFu3WMhu53Gc2KCmxxmCHbR4VEYMQ93PRv8vWgJ8j2mMHVEzLu" --mining-threads="4"

    You should see a message for each thread that reads: Mining started for thread[0] or something similar.

    To view your hashrate in real-time, use the command show_hr.

    Whenever you find a block, your daemon will show a bold message with the block # found. It is normal to experience a slight delay between that message and the balance reflecting in your wallet.

    You should see the message: Mining started in daemon

    Switch back to the terminal or tab in which your daemon is running, and type show_hr for real-time hashrate monitoring. For further commands in either the wallet or the daemon, type help into either CLI. Note that the commands for the daemon and wallet are different.

    Whenever you find a block, your daemon will show a bold message with the block # found. There is a slight delay between that message and the balance reflecting in your wallet.

    How to Fix Synchronizing Issues

    If you cannot synchronize with the network, kill your daemon & restart with the following options:

    Linux: cd to the directory you downloaded the files into, and type: ./blurd --add-priority-node="66.70.188.178:52541" --add-priority-node="66.70.189.131:52541" --add-priority-node="66.70.189.183:52541" --p2p-bind-port="52541" --rpc-bind-port="52542" --rpc-bind-ip="127.0.0.1"

    Windows: Open cmd.exe, cd to the directory you downloaded the files into, and type: blurd.exe --add-priority-node="66.70.188.178:52541" --add-priority-node="66.70.189.131:52541" --add-priority-node="66.70.189.183:52541" --p2p-bind-port="52541" --rpc-bind-port="52542" --rpc-bind-ip="127.0.0.1"

    This should fix the synchronizing issue if the daemon does not connect to the seed nodes automatically.

    You can also see additional command-line options by running the daemon with the option --help. The program will return a list of startup flags and their descriptions.

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