|Current Release/main||Development Branch/dev|
Chia is a modern cryptocurrency built from scratch, designed to be efficient, decentralized, and secure. Here are some of the features and benefits:
- Proof of space and time based consensus which allows anyone to farm with commodity hardware
- Very easy to use full node and farmer GUI and cli (thousands of nodes active on mainnet)
- Simplified UTXO based transaction model, with small on chain state
- Lisp-style turing complete functional programming language for money related use cases
- BLS keys and aggregate signatures (only one signature per block)
- Pooling protocol (in development) that allows farmers to have control of making blocks
- Support for light clients with fast, objective syncing
- Growing community of farmers and developers around the world
Python 3.7+ is required. Make sure your default python version is >=3.7
If you are behind a NAT, it can be difficult for peers outside your subnet to reach you when they start up. You can enable UPnP on your router or add a NAT (for IPv4 but not IPv6) and firewall rules to allow TCP port 8444 access to your peer. These methods tend to be router make/model specific.
Most should only install harvesters, farmers, plotter, full nodes, and wallets. Building Timelords and VDFs is for sophisticated users in most environments. Chia Network and additional volunteers are running sufficient Timelords for consensus.