December 9, 2020

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.

This blog is just a short recap of all the release notes and documentation links that you need. For a better understanding of the Swarm Live release, we recommend that you rewatch the Swarm Live event, where our developers explain in detail how this release is different from the previous one.

Important links:

Another very important thing to note is that we have stopped maintaining the old Swarm test network. Those running services on the old testnet are encouraged to arrange for immediate migration to the new Bee client.

Release notes

This release of Bee contains important new features, maintainability improvements, bug fixes, and performance increases. Besides improvements to Bee, we have also released software that aims to work together with Bee to improve the security and interoperability of your Swarm account.

Bee Features:

  • PSS mailboxing, meaning that you will now receive PSS messages — even if you were offline at the moment the message was sent
  • Un(pinning) API for files and collections; we complete the pinning API in such a way that you can now pin and unpin your files and collections
  • Granular management of the pin-counter, which allows the user to force-unpin certain chunks. This feature is only advised for advanced Bee users.
  • Listing pinned chunks with pages
  • Expose underlay address (logs/API) for nodes that are under a NAT protocol

Bee Bug fixes:

  • We removed the anonymous field in the tag reply
  • Solve data inconsistency problems related to synching and garbage collection
  • Improve concurrent handling of SWAP updates
  • Passing context properly in protocols

Bee Performance improvements:

  • Optimization of resource usage of hashing upon upload and download
  • No need to wait for the NAT manager to be ready in standalone mode
  • Terminate idle connections on Bee HTTP server by adding timeouts to requests


Bee-clef is a newly released package by the Swarm team, which aims to work together with the Bee node to increase the security and interoperability of your Swarm account. We strongly recommend the use of Bee-clef. Please go to our documentation or the Bee-clef Github page to learn more about Bee-clef and start using it today!

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