Erasure Coding Supercharges Swarm
The Swarm research and development teams are thrilled to reveal that they are currently working on adding erasure coding (also referred to as erasure code or erasure encoding) to Swarm to increase the resilience of data stored on the Swarm network.
Decentralize Earth Observation!
The Swarm Foundation, in collaboration with ESA Φ-lab, is excited to announce an upcoming workshop designed to foster groundbreaking collaborations between the Web3 and Earth Observation (EO) communities.
Swarm Workshops: Permissionless Publishing
The Swarm Foundation is excited to announce two upcoming workshops in December, designed to empower you as an independent, self-sovereign agent in the digital world. These workshops will delve into the realms of permissionless publishing and the establishment of private gateways to the decentralised Swarm network.
Join us at an online event on 21 December, as the winter solstice marks the rebirth of the Sun, to launch the Swarm 2.0 era together
State of the Network: October
Over the last six months, the Swarm network has shown substantial growth and increased activity. This is evident from the rising total monthly rewards, average and median win values, and the average earnings per active staking node. The number of active nodes, both staking and non-staking, has significantly increased, with a notable rise in active staking nodes, especially from countries like China, Germany, and Finland.
Monthly Development Update – October 2023
October has seen some important shifts in the wider Swarm ecosystem. The Bee Track successfully released Bee 1.17.5 featuring smaller but impactful improvements.
Swarm Community Call, 26 October – Recap
Swarm network is undergoing exponential growth, currently accounting for well over 16k active nodes, which is a 4.01x monthly increase, allowing for excellent levels of data replication, further decentralisation and robustness of the network in general.
As the grant program expands, welcoming new projects with each wave, here's a list of FAQs to assist in navigating the program. From applying for a grant to the payout date, find the information you need below.
Swarm and Dappnode: Joining Forces to Empower Decentralised Storage
Dappnode empowers node operators to exert enhanced control across various blockchain networks, from validating transactions and participating in consensus mechanisms to bolstering network security, all in a seamless and autonomous manner.
The Way Forward
Thirteen years have now passed since the introduction of Bitcoin in 2009. We can only wonder whether Satoshi Nakamoto could have imagined the wave his creation would start. Over twenty thousand crypto projects are currently listed by trackers worldwide, with a total value of about one trillion dollars (as of October 2022).
State of the Network: September
Let's take a dive into the Swarm network's performance metrics for September. The details below offer a window into individual node earnings, win value statistics, and the geographical node distribution. By juxtaposing September's metrics with August's data, we can explore the network's growth patterns.
Monthly Development Update – September 2023
September saw a fresh stream of new releases, announcements and publications that reflect Swarm’s evolving vitality. A new Bee 1.17.4 is out and it comes with a sizable changelog, a **breaking change** (make sure to update your node) and **improved user experience for node operators**.
Why Interoperability is the Bedrock of Digital Freedom
The European Union is a remarkable project granting us many freedoms so convenient it’s all too easy to take them for granted. We can easily move our goods, our bucks, and ourselves between different countries within it. This freedom to move and provide services anywhere is the cornerstone of the democratic and open way of life and economy in Europe.
Swarm Community Call, 28 September — Recap
In the past month, the most notable release was Bee 1.17.4. It features an advanced Bee logging system for the pushsync and the retrieval protocols, vital components responsible for syncing chunks among nodes. Since this is a breaking change, all node operators should update to the latest version of Bee as soon as possible, if they haven't yet.
Joining the Swarm Grants Program: A Step-by-Step Guide
Are you looking to incorporate decentralised storage solutions into your project? If yes, then the Swarm Association Grants Program is here to support you. With financial support, the program aims to onboard promising projects and expand the Swarm Association's ecosystem. This blog will walk you through the process of applying for a grant.
Is Net Neutrality Important for Blockchains?
Today, Tim Wu is a law professor at Columbia University and a White House official who advises the Biden administration on legal and economic issues. But in 2003, he was an associate professor at the University of Virginia Law School. Back then, he coined a term that still shapes the debate about fair use of the communications infrastructure and the Internet: “net neutrality.”
Oracle Boosts Swarm's Self-sustainability
Swarm’s storage incentives rollout has been moving forward at a healthy pace over the last few months. After rollout of the staking system in phase 2, phase 3 will be focused on the storage rent oracle. The oracle lays the technical foundation for the final two phases of the storage incentives rollout, and is vital to the overall functioning of the system.
Swarm Tools Overview and Updates
The Bee client is a powerful piece of software which has been developed to realise the vision of unstoppable decentralised Web3 storage described in the Swarm Whitepaper and The Book of Swarm. Alongside the development of the Bee client is an ecosystem of tools and apps which are being developed to make it easier for developers and content creators to work with Bee.
Democracy and Decentralization
The world we live in today is unjust. Glaring inequalities exist between the global North and the South, but also within European economies. All this can make it challenging to feel like there is progress happening. It seems we are moving backward, leaving humankind in a worse state than we found it.
Bee v1.17.4 Pre-release Notice
The 1.17.4 update will be going live later this week. As this release will introduce breaking changes at the protocol level, it is important to update your nodes as soon as possible, so please be on the lookout for the release announcement and ready to update your nodes later this week.
Anonymity in the Cryptosphere
Living in the twenties of the 21st century, we find ourselves in an increasingly surveilled world, ranging from our physical spaces to the digital sphere. Yet, privacy and anonymity are pillars of democracy and an open, liberal society. They enable social innovation, whistle-blowing, and investigative journalism around the globe.
State of the Network: August
This report provides an in-depth overview of the state of storage incentives on the Ethswarm network for the month of August. Detailed below are insights into monthly rewards in BZZ tokens, single node monthly earnings, median win values, average win values, monthly unique staking nodes, and the geographic distribution of nodes.
The Satoshi’s Dream
On February 11th, 2009, shortly after 10 p.m., a user with the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto wrote a post on the Peer to Peer Foundation forum. He announced that he had developed a new, decentralized online cash system. Satoshi’s idea was to remove trust from the process of paying.
Monthly Development Update – August 2023
In the past month, the Swarm ecosystem has seen some significant developments. The Bee Track team released the much anticipated localstore rewrite and has already ironed out some of the notable issues in version 1.17.3. Meanwhile, anticipation builds for the release of Phase 4 items and the price oracle, both set to further enhance the storage incentive system.
Swarm Community Call, 31 August — Recap
Summer is over and the Swarm Community Call on the last day of August was a great way to wrap it up. Here’s a recap for those who missed it.
Cooperating on Blockchain
How do we deal with something that’s neither privately owned nor managed by authorities on our behalf? Something that everyone, as well as no one, owns. In other words, how do we manage “commons” so that their tragedy doesn't become a reality?
Swarm network paves the way for event evolution: partnerships with StreamETH, Etherna, and Mego
Some exciting news for all event-goers: Swarm Foundation has joined forces with three awesome names of the events ecosystem: StreamETH, Etherna, and Mego. Together, they're shaking up the game and propelling the events industry into a new era. Let's dive right into the highlights!
ENS on Swarm Decentralised Storage
The Swarm Foundation made a proposal to implement ENS on Swarm, a full-blown name resolution service handled completely off-chain yet in a cryptographically provable way allowing for trustless provision in a decentralised environment that would address two of issues of the current ENS architecture
Monthly Development Update – July 2023
In July, a major step was taken for the Swarm network with the unveiling of the new Localstore, which will be included in the latest Bee 1.17.0. Phase 4 of the storage incentives roadmap will also be released in the next few days, as will the latest updates to the price oracle, which is currently being tested extensively.
Bee 1.17 Paves the Way for the Future of Swarm
Bee 1.17 is here! This update represents a significant step forward in terms of increased ease of code maintainability and reduced time for new feature development. With the storage incentives rollout nearing completion, the team has in recent months focused on the completion of the 1.17 update. The update will go live by the end of this week, and since it is a breaking update at the protocol level, all node operators should make sure to update their nodes.
Beyond Wikipedia: Swarm and Kiwix Boost Access to Free Knowledge
The Swarm Foundation is proud to announce the second phase of its partnership with Kiwix, an offline data storer, marking another decisive step in creating a thriving and value-driven ecosystem. Kiwix and the Swarm Foundation initially partnered in 2022 to bring an offline copy of Wikipedia on the Swarm Network.
Swarm Community Call, 27 July — Recap
For those who missed out on our monthly gathering on Discord, with the latest news, retrospective and a debate on features and future plans, here is a short recap of July's Swarm Community Call.
Boundless data with boundless possibilities: Swarm partners with MiPasa
Free access to data and the ability to convert it into beneficial insights for further societal advancement form the bedrock of a flourishing community. Recognising this, Swarm Foundation has forged a partnership with Unbounded Network Foundation and MiPasa to streamline the flow of information, making data more readily accessible and easy to mould.
How to Create an NFT and store metadata on Swarm
This article provides a comprehensive guide on deploying, minting, and importing NFTs on the Swarm Network.
Monthly Development Update – June 2023
June marked an important point in the Swarm network development. The new localstore was released on private and public testnet and the new revised and updated edition of the Book of Swarm is now available. The Research Track has also made it much easier to find nodes that couldn’t enter the storage incentives game and understand the circumstances.
Swarm Virtual Summit – Swarm is ready. Ready to grow.
As the summer light symbolically vanquished the darkness on 21 June, Swarm network kicked off its three-day Swarm Virtual Summit. This year, the network's global community gathered in the virtual world, giving all its diverse members a chance to watch and listen to leading voices and keen enthusiasts across different fields on the online stage.
The Hivemaker's code: How do Ecosystems Grow?
In 1993, James F. Moore published an article in Harvard Business Review. Inside, he presented an idea that was quite unusual at that time. He claimed that business networks, consisting of interacting companies, products, and users, could be understood similarly to natural ecosystems
The Hivemaker's code: Introduction
The document you’re about to read will help you create a living digital ecosystem. It’s divided into two parts.
State of the Network – June 2023
The last few months have been a transformative time for Swarm. Development is progressing on multiple fronts, and the hard work of the research and development teams is reflected by network growth and performance improvements. In this article we discuss the state of the network on multiple fronts.
Anticipating the buzz: The return of the Swarm Virtual Summit
It has been three long years since our last gathering in the vibrant city of Madrid, where ideas sparked, connections were made, and the Swarm community came together.
Monthly Development Update – May 2023
The Swarm network was abuzz with activity in May and there’s a lot of ground to cover, so let’s dive right in. The Bee Track has released versions 1.15.0 and 1.16.0, introducing new features and several improvements. In version 1.15.0, a new pushsync feature has been introduced to improve chunk syncing and replication during uploading. Other enhancements include improved blocklist display, storage radius adjustment, chainstate total amount, and peer mode added to the status protocol, and reduced workload during initial historical syncing.
Swarm Community Call, 25 May — Recap
The May Swarm Community Call was inspiring and full of optimism: the Swarm network has been demonstrating remarkable performance for almost two weeks, maintaining a 0% error rate on uploads and downloads.
Bee Node Hardware Requirements and Performance Benchmarking Guide
Over the last several months the Bee dev team has been hard at work with the rollout of the storage incentives system which will ensure that node operators who share their disk space with the network will get rewarded. Along the way the dev team has been continually testing various aspects of the health of the network and monitoring community feedback in order to diagnose any issues. One issue which has come up is that of node performance. Some node operators may be missing out on earning storage incentives due to insufficient hardware performance. To address this issue, we’ve put together this guide for benchmarking node performance so node operators can make sure that their nodes are running optimally.
Swarm Community Call, 27 April — Recap
The April Swarm Community Call was focused on tools that provide a more numbers-based look at the Swarm network, and on easy publishing of unstoppable content on Swarm.
Monthly Development Update – April 2023
In April, the Bee Track laid out the blueprint for the upcoming releases of the Bee client to fix the issues uncovered in their investigation. The localstore rewrite project is in its final phase before testing, which is expected to begin in the coming weeks. The Bee Track team are also working on the requirements that nodes must meet in order to participate in the storage incentives game.
Build on Swarm: How to Run a Bee Node for Testing and Development
Running a Bee node is essential for building decentralised applications on the Swarm network. However, as a developer, it is often convenient to work in an environment where interactions with the node/network can be tested rapidly and without putting the node’s storage data or the user’s tokens at risk.
Monthly Development Update – March 2023
Bee client is now version 1.13.0 and is bringing breaking changes. This includes the upgrade of the go-libp2p, which uses a new format for the p2p keys. The update will exclude nodes from storage incentives unless they have enough balance to cover at least five storage-incentives-related transactions.
Swarm Community Call, 30 March — Recap
The Swarm Community Call began with a round of updates.
How to Publish a Website on Swarm Using the Swarm Desktop App: A Step-by-Step Guide
TL;DR: This guide will walk you through the process of publishing a website on Swarm using the Swarm Desktop App. You’ll learn how to install the app, fund your account, upload your website, and connect an ENS domain for a user-friendly experience. By following these steps, you’ll be able to host a censorship-resistant website on decentralised storage and make it easily accessible for users.
Swarm commits 2 million BZZ to drive privacy, interoperability, and data sovereignty
Following years of incubation, the Fair Data Society initiative graduated and moved onto an independent path. With this, Swarm Foundation has pledged 2 million BZZ in the coming 10 years, to champion support for layer 2 projects that empower digital freedom, privacy, and interoperability. The pledge was officially announced at the Fair Data Society graduation event, ‘New Day’ on March 21st 2023.
Monthly Development Update – February 2023
February was a big month for the Swarm network. The price of postage stamps has been recalibrated with the release of Bee 1.12.0, which marks a major milestone for Swarm's self-sustaining network. The Research Track has also completed the documentation for Phase 4, which details the work of this phase of the Storage incentives roadmap.
Swarm Community Call, 23 February - Recap
The main topic of the February Swarm Community Call was the postage stamp price calibration, which took place on 22 February. The recalibration increased the price of storage by 6000x
Postage Stamp Price Increases as Swarm Network Reaches Milestone of Self-Sustainability
This upgrade is a significant milestone in the development of the Swarm network, as it enables Swarm node operators to earn rewards in exchange for contributing their storage resources to the network.
Monthly Development Update – January 2023
In January, the Bee Track released a new version of the Bee client (1.11) that brings an important update to uploads with mutable batches. This update causes newer chunks in a batch to replace older ones on the network. The Research Track, on the other hand, is nearing completion of Phase 3 of the storage incentives and is making great progress in producing documentation for Phases 4 and 5.
Monthly Development Update – December 2022
December was a big month for releases. Bee 1.10 was released on the mainnet and with it Storage Incentives Phase 2. The latter allows node operators to participate in the redistribution of storage fees. Over the next few weeks, the research team will be watching closely to see how the new mechanism performs as it brings Phase 3 closer to release.
Swarm network’s storage rewards go live as it moves towards a Web3 PC
The Swarm Foundation announced exciting updates at its recent semi-annual solstice event. Phase 2 of its ambitious network upgrade is now live on mainnet, allowing Swarm’s storage node operators to be compensated for their contributions.
Swarm Odyssey 2023
On 21 December, let’s venture forth together and explore the universe of possibilities enabled by Swarm and its emerging ecosystem.
Monthly Ecosystem Call, 27 October 2022 — Recap
The October Monthly Ecosystem Call focused on the storage incentives upgrade (the progress so far) and Swarm network’s ecosystem.
Monthly Development Update — November 2022
The Bee Track team have been busy throughout November, continuously improving the deployment and testing process to improve its efficiency. They have recently cleaned out and fixed issues on their testnet and are now working on having new testnets — beta, public, and internal.
Monthly Ecosystem Call, 24 November 2022 — Recap
End of the month is here, and as is now the habit, last Thursday was reserved for the Monthly Ecosystem Call
The Mechanics of Swarm network’s Storage Incentives
An economically self-sustaining mechanism to gather storage operators.
Storage incentives — Timeline update
The upgrade of the Swarm network storage incentives, which began on 13 September, is now in full swing. Both, Phase 2 and 3 of the upgrade, are currently undergoing extensive testing: Phase 2 on the public testnet and Phase 3 on a closed testnet.
Monthly Development Update — October 2022
The development of the Swarm network and its associated ecosystem continues to move forward as planned. Bee client 1.9.0 is out and the team behind Bee is fully focused on meeting the timelines for bringing storage incentives to mainnet (they are already available for preview on testnet). There’s also a new Bee-js in the pipeline, which brings an array of breaking changes.
The Devcon video archive is now available on the Swarm network
Hosting the Devcon archive on the Swarm network is part of Swarm network’s mission to make Web3 more decentralised and censorship-resistant while empowering digital freedom.
Run a light or full Bee node — A Devcon workshop by Attila Gazsó
In this informative workshop recorded during Devcon VI, Bee product lead Attila Gazsó takes the audience through the process of setting up light and full Bee node.
Swarm & Swarm testnet Package Available at the DAppStore
NOTE: This blog post is geared towards running a bee full node. If you are wanting ONLY TO ACCESS / UPLOAD unstoppable content from/to Swarm, checkout Swarm Desktop.
Monthly Ecosystem Call, 29 September 2022 — Recap
The September Monthly Ecosystem Call was dedicated to storage incentives — their upgrade roadmap, specific launch dates and their different features, such as the price oracle.
Monthly Development Update — September 2022
September has seen a lot of action across all tracks. The Bee track released a breaking version of the Bee client (1.8.0) and two additional releases with a patch and an update. Because of the new Bee client version, the JS Track also had to update Swarm Desktop to make it compatible with the changes.
Towards the world computer. The Swarm network upgrade has started.
On 13 September 2022, the Swarm Foundation began the most substantial upgrade to the Swarm network since its mainnet release. The upgrade will unfold in several phases and enable node operators to receive rewards for their services to the network.
Storage incentives — when, what and how. An EthBerlin meetup recap.
On 14 September 2022 the Swarm Foundation hosted a meetup titled “Storage incentives: The missing piece to make blockchains complete”. The event took place during EthBerlin at the famous c-bas
Breaking changes are coming to the Swarm network
his release will activate the first phase of the upgraded storage incentives. It is the first step that will later open the doors to rewarding node operators for providing storage to the network.
Monthly Development Update — August 2022
In August, the spotlight was on the upcoming storage incentives rollout. The Bee and JS Track have been working closely with the Research Track to get everything ready for the rollout. This includes updating the Bee client and the Swarm Desktop (Beta) dApp.
Monthly Ecosystem Call, 28 July 2022 — Recap
On 28 July 2022, the Swarm network Discord hosted the main Swarm network community event, the Monthly Ecosystem Call. The first to take the microphone was Bee Product Lead, Attila Gaszo.
How to… Bridge DAI from Ethereum Mainnet to Gnosis Chain
This tutorial will explain how to bridge MakerDAO DAI from Ethereum Mainnet to Gnosis Chain, using the Gnosis Chain bridge.
Monthly Development Update — June 2022
The Swarm Foundation’s JS Track released Swarm Desktop (Beta), its biggest software release since the mainnet launch. Swarm Desktop enables one-click setup of a Swarm network node, simple interaction with the network without crypto onboarding and introduces two additional modes of operation — ultra light and light mode. It’s available for download here for Windows, MacOS and Linux.
Onwards, Swarm! — programme & schedule
Everything is ready for the Onwards, Swarm! event on 21 June 2022. Tune in to the YouTube livestream at 16:00 CET for the latest updates on the Swarm network.
Onwards, Swarm — 21 June!
Join us on the summer solstice, 21 June 2022 at 16:00 CET and share the excitement as we gather to announce a special release
Monthly Development Update — May 2022
May has been a truly exciting month for different tracks that keep the Swarm network going. The BeeJS Track released a new Bee Dashboard version, along with several Bee-js releases.
It’s Finally Here: Bee Mainnet Launch and the Swarm Public Token Sale
Swarm Foundation is proud to announce that the Bee mainnet soft launch will happen on 13 June 2021. And immediately following it, the BZZ public token sale is scheduled to happen on 14 June 2021 via CoinList.
Bee v1.6 Release
This latest release is an accumulation of a lot of work done in the last couple of months by the team. We’ve improved and refactored substantial amount of components and areas of the codebase as well as fixed a few critical bugs
New and improved Bee UX coming Q2
Based on this, in Q1 of 2022, efforts were dedicated to creating a fluid and easy user experience when setting up a Bee node on the majority of operating systems.
Monthly Development Update — April 2022
April was the month of spring cleaning for different tracks around Swarm. The Bee client saw a patch release to fix some critical issues, while the BeeJS team also cleared up some minor bugs with the new Bee-js release. On the ecosystem side, the Swarm community near and far got treated to a Monthly Ecosystem Call.
Bee v1.5 Release
The Bee team is happy to announce the latest release v1.5 This release comes with significant changes to how the Bee nodes store data locally.
Monthly Development Update — March 2022
March was marked by the WAM hackathon, organised by Fair Data Society in partnership with Swarm. Three weeks of talks, demos and presentations connected artists, gamers, developers and activists in an effort to build a better Web. Important partnerships were forged, like the one between Kiwix and Swarm that will see the whole of Wikipedia uploaded to Swarm’s decentralised storage.
Swarm as a platform for a self-sovereign digital society
The text below is a recap of Viktor Tron’s talk from the We Are Millions Hackathon (WAM) and Festival. You can listen to the entire talk here.
Monthly Development Update — February 2022
There’s no rest for the wicked and February has kept the Swarm team busy as always. A new Bee client release saw the light of day, as have three new releases from the BeeJS team. But the main focus of the entire Swarm team is to realise Milestone 2 of the technical roadmap, announced last December, in sync with the specified timeline.
Swarm & Fairdrive onstage at ETH Denver 2022
On Friday, 18 February 2022, Angela Vitzthum, the Product Owner for Fairdrive, took the Wave stage at ETH Denver to introduce the audience to Swarm and more specifically to Fairdrive.
Can we take NFTs beyond overpriced pixels?
As the pace of technological evolution quickens and intensifies, it also exerts an increasing influence on all spheres of life, including art.
Important update: Swarm’s Bzzaar is about to open. Update your nodes asap.
Swarm is about to take a giant step closer to the mainnet release by deploying a new release of Swarm. The upcoming release (estimated Tuesday, 9 February, 09:00 CET) includes, among others, an integration with Bzzaar (on Goerli).
Development Update — December 2021 & January 2022
With 2021 behind us, the Swarm team entered the new year at the usual pace, working hard to make Swarm features complete by the end of the year.
Hello, this is Swarm. A short introduction. Rinke Hendriksen’s EthCC Talk
The text below is a recap from Rinke Hendriksen’s EthCC  talk “Hello World, Swarm” from July 2021. In it, he gives a concise but complete introduction to the inner workings of the Bee nodes that make up the Swarm network.
Swarm — storing data for the world computer
The idea of the world computer was born out of Ethereum’s founding fathers’ vision for a new and better Web. In it, Vitalik Buterin, Gavin Wood and Jeffery Wilcke envisioned a serverless Web, free of large corporations and one which could be economically self-sustaining through blockchain technology.
If you’ve missed it, here’s the Gather, Swarm! event recap
The Gather, Swarm! event is now behind us. It was the first-ever for the team behind Swarm to meet with the community in the metaverse and to present what they have up their sleeves for the following year.
Understanding Swarm’s bandwidth incentives
Swarm works the way it does because it is formed of many independent nodes that collaborate to store and deliver your data. But why do these nodes collaborate and can’t the system be abused? Understanding Swarm’s bandwidth incentives is key to answering these questions.
Swarm airdrop is finishing on 21 June 2021 — Important notice to all participants
The airdrop is coming to an end. And what a ride it has been. Since the announcement of the airdrop, the Swarm network has grown from 200 Bee nodes to hundreds of thousands of Bees all over the globe.
It’s coming! Don’t miss the Gather, Swarm! event.
The Gather, Swarm! event is only a few days away. The Swarm team will be moving beyond the boundaries of the usual Zoom calls, taking the gathering into the virtual world. Exploration, Easter eggs, interactivity and more await you!
Announcing The Swarm Foundation Technical Milestones
Swarm Foundation is proud to share its tech team’s internal agenda for the next 12 months. The aim is to create predictability in the development tracks and the wider organisation as well as help coordinate between the Foundation’s efforts and the efforts deployed to the broader Swarm community.
Defining API Security in Web3 Applications
The Swarm Bee team is excited to announce that an initial version of the Restricted API feature is available and ready for experimentation!
Hacking with Swarm and Bee-js
The Swarm ecosystem is young, and there is always space for a lot of cool utilities, apps, and use cases. We support developing on Swarm with a set of libraries, CLIs, and utilities. I will demonstrate how to utilize some of these components with a small hacking session.
Bee v1.4.0 Release
The Swarm Bee Team is proud to announce the release of Bee v1.4.0. It includes a major change to the protocol behaviour that will improve network resilience significantly. You must update your nodes to this latest version or they will no longer be part of the network.
#1 Meanwhile in Swarm
A lot has happened since the last update. The Bee team implemented important changes to the network: check out the Bee 1.3.0 release.
#1 Meanwhile in Swarm
A lot has happened since the last update. The Bee team implemented important changes to the network: check out the Bee 1.3.0 release.
The Swarm is Moving On (or: Don’t Fall Behind) By Elad Nachmias
The Bee team has been working hard on measuring and identifying key problems in the swarm DHT these last few months.
Bee v1.3.0 Release
Two weeks after the 1.2.0 release, Swarm Foundation is releasing a new version of Bee. The most important thing to know is that Bee will now block peers that don’t agree on the same block hash of a certain block height.
Swarm and its “Bzzaar” Bonding Curve
A comprehensive description of the insights of the single faucet of BZZ Token, explained in detail.
Bee v1.2.0 Release
Today, Swarm Foundation is releasing a new version of Bee, the Swarm network client. It is being tested by the growing testergroup that can be found on Discord. Among the updates, the recommendations of the Cure53 audit were implemented.
Improving the Swarm DHT (part 1)
By Elad, Swarm Foundation Dev Team Lead It’s been an exciting couple of months for the Bee team since the much anticipated 1.0 release.
Monthly Development Update — August 2021
In August, a new mainnet release happened, fixing bugs from the initial Swarm 1.0 release, and improving the performance and stability of the network. Some new features were added too. Make sure to update your nodes and check the release notes.
Swarm Summer School ’21 has come to an end
The first class of the Swarm Summer School has graduated. In the past week, speakers from all sides of project development have been conducting talks and workshops. Swarm Association congratulates every participant for investing their time in sharing their knowledge.
Swarm Mainnet Release — Adami v1.1.0 is live!
On 21 June 2021, Swarm released its first mainnet client. Today, Swarm is releasing a new version 1.1.0, fixing bugs and adding four new features.
Swarm Summer School Programme & Schedule
As you probably know, the Swarm Summer School is happening next week, starting on Monday 23 August 2021. This blog post will present the programme and schedule for the week, to illustrate the dynamics and what to expect.
Want to build your project on Swarm? Sign up for the Swarm Summer School ‘21
The Swarm Association is organising a series of lectures and workshops called the Swarm Summer School. Sign up and don’t miss your chance to learn directly from the team.
Monthly Development Update — July 2021
July was paved with learning for the Swarm team. The Swarm 1.0 release was deployed to the mainnet for the first time and close observation on performance, bugs, and stability issues was needed to make sure everything is working as it should.
How to upload data to the Swarm network
Running the Swarm Desktop App (Beta) in light mode lets you upload files, folders or websites to the Swarm network. To do that you first need to buy postage stamps.
Rise Of Bee Airdrop: The Final Stages
Swarm Foundation is happy to announce the next stage of the Airdrop: the selection of trusted nodes.
Monthly Development Update — June 2021
Last month was an amazing one for the Swarm team and the Swarm Foundation. Two very important milestones were achieved, and it’s fair to say they marked the beginning of a new era of Swarm.
Swarm 1.0: JS Team Updates
Last month, Swarm released Bee 1.0, and finalised its token sale. During this incredibly busy week, other projects and tools were released. In this article, you will find an overview of the tools and projects the Bee-JS team has published.
Swarm and xDAI: a match made in crypto
With the launch of its mainnet, Swarm has reached what is probably the most important milestone in its existence. The Ethereum mainnet, however, is very expensive for the sort of transactions Swarm Bee generates. So Swarm has opted to use xDAI as a scaling solution.
Upgrading Swarm Desktop App (Beta) from an ultra light to a light node
Go to the official Swarm Desktop webpage and download the installer. Run it and wait for the process to finish. Everything should be automatic and the node should set up by itself. A successful installation is indicated by the green status icon in the bottom left-hand side corner.
Swarm Desktop App (Beta) — Web3 for everyone
The Swarm Foundation unveiled the beta version of the Swarm Desktop App (Beta). Its goal is to take the best from Web2 and replace the complex experience of Web3 with a familiar one. The app is intended for the tech enthusiasts who want to try something different and for those who are just entering the crypto space.
Swarm 1.0 is live on mainnet
It’s official! The Swarm team is proud to announce that the Swarm mainnet has launched. Bee 1.0 has been released and is running on mainnet. This means everybody can now join in creating the Swarm mainnet network. This is a historical moment in the history of Swarm.
Take Bee v1.0-rc4 for a testnet drive
Today, the Swarm team is releasing Bee v1.0-rc4. Node operators who have been running testnet nodes can now update to this new version. Take this opportunity to participate in the final days of the airdrop campaign.
Swarm 1.0 is finally here. Join the event.
Swarm Foundation is proud to announce that Swarm 1.0 is live on mainnet. This special release will be celebrated with an online event, Swarm One, where the developer teams will explain everything users need to know about the first mainnet release and what to expect in the future.
Monthly Development Update — May 2021
The last month has been very busy for the Swarm dev team. The Swarm v0.6 release has had exciting new features added. Some crucial changes have been made and Bee node operators need to update their nodes.
Important notice to all Bee node operators — the Bee v0.6 release is live. Update your nodes asap!
The long-awaited Bee v0.6 release is here. With it, some really important changes have been made. Bee node operators must update their nodes if they want to stay part of the network and be able to continue to participate in the airdrop.
Monthly Development Update — April 2021
April was a heads-down / work-hard month for the Swarm team. A lot of things have been going on in the background. We’re proud to share our progress.
The Bee Dashboard is a web app that can help you set up your Bee node. It connects to your locally running node, checks the status of different API endpoints and offers troubleshooting.
Bee v0.6.0 Release Update & Public Demo
Bee v0.5.3 has been spinning for a while now, but our dev team have not been idling. In the background, we have been working on the v0.6.0 release, which is almost ready for a test drive.
Monthly Development Update — March 2021
March was as busy as always. The team was focusing on bug fixes and performance enhancements. A new version of the bee-js was released and a new Swarm release is around the corner, too.
Swarm v0.5.3 — Release Notes
Over the past few weeks, in an effort to improve the user experience and resource usage of Bee, we’ve been looking into various issues that have been reported by the community.
How to cash out gBZZ cheques — video tutorial
Only one month after we announced the 1 million BZZ tokens airdrop, the Swarm network has grown immensely.
Monthly Development Update — February 2021
February has been a remarkable month for the Swarm and the Fair Data Society team. Apart from the regular work on the Swarm code, which produced a new release of Swarm (v0.5.1), the two teams joined forces and managed to pull off a really interesting hackathon event.
Bee-js beta release and upcoming roadmap
How to run a Bee node and earn gBZZ
As we head towards the Swarm 1.0 release, we are working hard on expanding the network as much as possible. We are happy to see that the number of active Bee nodes is bigger day by day and the reality of a truly decentralized world computer is closer than ever.
Swarm communication has moved to Discord
We invite you to join our discussions and become an active member of our wonderful community.
Liberate Data Week Hackathon — Recap
If you attended the Liberate Data hackathon last week, then you’ll know we had an amazing time. We were truly humbled by the participation and the support shown
Swarm is airdropping 1,000,000 BZZ
Yes, you read it right. Swarm is giving out 1 million BZZ tokens to the people who already run a Bee node on the testnet. We call this airdrop “The Rise of Bee”.
Monthly Development Update — January 2021
The beginning of 2021 was busy as always. After a short New Years’ Eve break, the team dived right back into work and we are happy to share two new releases — the new release of Swarm Bee and the Alpha release of the bee-js libraries.
Swarm secures funds for mainnet release
Swarm Association is pleased to announce the successful completion of its private fundraiser that ended with the recent Swarm Live release, raising USD 6 million.
Hackathon Guidelines, Rules, and Programme
Make sure you don’t miss the Liberate Data Week, a Fair Data Society organized event, that will run from 8–14 February 2021.
Swarm 2020 Recap
As 2020 is becoming a thing of the past, it is time to evaluate what Swarm achieved throughout the year and share its plans for this year.
The A, B, C of the Swarm Incentives
If you attended the Swarm Live release online event, you probably know that all the research in recent months has paid massive dividends. We have made significant improvements and now have a very good idea of how the Swarm incentives will work.
Monthly Development Update — December 2020
December is the closing month of the year and most of the teams took time to reflect on the work that was done throughout the year. We are happy to conclude that the year was fruitful for Swarm. Many important milestones were met and a lot of progress was made.
Liberate Data Week — Join the Hackathon
2020 is over and Swarm is continuing with the strong pace that was set last year. The team is working relentlessly towards Swarm 1.0, which is set for release in Q2 this year, but before we get there, there is still a lot to happen.
How-to: Run Bee on a DappNode Raspberry Pi
Using a Raspberry Pi makes running a Bee node cheap and reliable. With DappNode, installing Bee is a breeze.
Swarm Live — Release notes and important links
As you probably know, we released the “Swarm Live” version of Swarm on 24 November 2020. This version has a lot more stability and improved performance, and it also has all the high-level features of the Swarm 1.0 release.
Monthly Development Update — November 2020
November has been an important month for Swarm. Another milestone was met — the Swarm Live release. Improved performance, more stability, and polished features are just a few of the things this new release has to offer
The sun is setting for the old Swarm network
By 25 January 2021, the cluster of nodes running the old Swarm network maintained by the Swarm team will be brought offline. As of this date, the proof of concept network is considered deprecated and the old Swarm codebase will no longer be maintained by the Swarm team. Those running services on the old testnet are encouraged to arrange for immediate migration to the new Bee client.
Swarm Live … is Live!
Swarm Live was launched on Tuesday, 24 November 2020. All the polished, new, and improved features were discussed in detail at the Swarm Live online event, where the team presented not only what’s new, but also many other interesting topics, the Swarm incentives among them.
Swarm Live Event — Programme Announcement
Swarm Live is the last official release before the final product release. It has all the high-level features in place.
Monthly Development Update — October 2020
October was a very busy month for the Swarm team. While the developers worked hard on the Swarm Live release, which is to be announced on 24 November 2020, the comms team spent their time restructuring the way they work. The HR team was busy too and onboarded a few brilliant and experienced developers who will be a nice addition to the existing dev team.
Join the Swarm Live Release event
Swarm is happy to announce yet another important milestone on the roadmap: Swarm Live. This special occasion will be celebrated with another online event, where all the new, improved, and polished features will be presented.
Join the Swarm Live Release event
Swarm is happy to announce yet another important milestone on the roadmap: Swarm Live. This special occasion will be celebrated with another online event, where all the new, improved, and polished features will be presented.