Decred Journal – September 2022

Image: Artwork by @OfficialCryptos

Highlights of September:


DCRDEX v0.5 Released

DCRDEX v0.5.3 was the first publicly announced release in the v0.5 series. v0.5 makes trading more accessible, stable, and convenient. Major changes since v0.4:

While DCRDEX is more complex compared to traditional exchanges, it is worth noting how accessible it is as a desktop app. DEX client is a single file that requires no installation. User interface quickly loads from local files. Builds are available for Windows, macOS, Linux (x64, ARM and RISC-V CPUs) and even FreeBSD and OpenBSD.

Check the full release notes for the full list of new features, fixes, and upgrading instructions. As of writing, the latest release is v0.5.4 and it comes with standalone binaries that can be used independently from Decrediton. As always, we recommend to verify the files before running.

LTC Trading Enabled at

Image: LTC pairs are live at!

Some users are naturally confused by the two levels of asset support in DCRDEX:

  1. A new asset is first added in “the code”. This does not automatically add new trading pairs at the official server ( and this stage is not visible to its end users. Code integration is still announced though, as it’s an important milestone for those following the project, and something third party servers may experiment with.

  2. After sufficient testing and preparation new pairs go live at the official server.

As of writing supports trading of DCR, BTC and LTC. Third party server operators may enable additional experimental assets, currently supported: BCH, DOGE, ZEC, and ETH.


The work reported below has the “merged to master” status unless noted otherwise. It means that the work is completed, reviewed, and integrated into the source code that advanced users can build and run, but is not yet available in release binaries for regular users.


dcrd is a full node implementation that powers Decred’s peer-to-peer network around the world.

September was mostly about optimization and cleanup:


dcrwallet is a wallet server used by command-line and graphical wallet apps.


Decrediton is a full-featured desktop wallet app with integrated voting, StakeShuffle mixing, Lightning Network, DEX trading, and more. It runs with or without a full blockchain (SPV mode).


Politeia is Decred’s proposal system. It is used to request funding from the Decred treasury.


GUI remake on the new plugin architecture:

pi-ui library (shared by Politeia and Decrediton):


vspd is server software for running a Voting Service Provider. A VSP votes on behalf of its users 24/7 and cannot steal funds.

Lightning Network

dcrlnd is Decred’s Lightning Network node software. LN enables instant and low-cost transactions.

Liquidity Provider Daemon:


DCRDEX is a non-custodial, privacy-respecting exchange for trustless trading, powered by atomic swaps.

Merged in v0.5.3 release:

User-facing changes merged in master:

Internal changes merged in master:

Ethereum support: landing page:

DCRDEX aims to support trading with lightweight wallets, which is a massive boost to user experience compared to having to download full blockchains. For Decred it uses its native SPV protocol and for Bitcoin it relies on the Neutrino wallet from Lightning Labs (which itself is based on btcsuite - Decred’s parent). Neutrino forks for Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash are not as well maintained however, so the team has created neutrino-bch and neutrino-ltc forks where changes needed by DCRDEX can be merged quickly. As of writing, they have fixes missing in their upstream repositories for LTC and BCH.

Image: Fee estimates when withdrawing from DCRDEX.

Image: System tray icon indicates that DEX client is running.

Image: Icons for supported assets at


dcrdocs is the source code for Decred user documentation.

dcrweb is the source code for the website.


Redirects for moved/deleted pages:



dcrwebapi (mainly used to serve the VSP list to Decrediton and

Software translations:


Welcome to new first-time authors on Decred Magazine: Joao Paulo Sant’Anna da Silva and Wahid Pessarlay (who also wrote for Cointelegraph).

New personal stories and thoughts shared by Decred community members: Brian Stafford (@buck54321) on Authority Magazine, Ronnie Amato (@MadScrilla1) on Decred Magazine, and @h3la1 and @Tivra in the Community Roundtable livestream.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”?

Take a breath. [@buck54321]

If applicable, is there anything the community can do to aid you in your work?

Keep me honest. Challenge my assertions & criticisms. Play devil’s advocate & reach out to me for any reason, especially if you are interested in organizing Meet Ups. I could be open to travel & hosting. [@MadScrilla1]

Community stats as of Oct 1 (compared to Sep 1):


In September the new treasury received 8,848 DCR worth $241K at September’s average rate of $27.19. 3,089 DCR was spent to pay contractors, worth $84K at September’s rate, or $99K at August’s billing rate of $31.93.

The treasury spend transaction was mined on Sep 24, it had 28 outputs ranging from 1 DCR to 961 DCR. The transaction was approved with 6,856 Yes votes and 0 No votes.

As of Oct 10, combined balance of legacy and new treasury is 817,745 DCR (20.9 million USD at $25.51).

There were no proposals published on Politeia in September, but a new PR proposal from @lindseymmc was published on Oct 1.

A proposal idea was posted on Reddit suggesting a partnership between FIO Protocol and Decred, it is not asking for funding but instead offering to pay an integration grant to whoever would do the work to integrate FIO within Decred software. FIO is an Interwallet Operability initiative with its own token.

An update was posted on the Politeia proposal (missed in August) announcing that the site was updated to v1.4.0, with most of the work going into the importing of legacy Git backend proposals into Trillian, along with some new features like allowing edits to comments within 5 minutes of their posting.


Hashrate: September’s hashrate opened at ~82 Ph/s and closed ~91 Ph/s, bottoming at 75 Ph/s and peaking at 109 Ph/s throughout the month.

Image: Decred hashrate.

Distribution of 71 Ph/s hashrate reported by the pools on Oct 1: F2Pool 54%, Poolin 36%, 6%, AntPool 3.6%, CoinMine 0.7%, unknown 0.3%.

Distribution of 1,000 blocks actually mined by Oct 1: F2Pool 49%, Poolin 44%, 4%, (likely) AntPool 3%, CoinMine 0.3%.

Image: Pool hashrate distribution.

Staking: Ticket price varied between 221-239 DCR, with 30-day average at 229.1 DCR (-1.1).

The locked amount was 9.28-9.43 million DCR, meaning that 64.1-64.9% of the circulating supply participated in Proof of Stake.

VSP: The 18 listed VSPs collectively managed ~7,820 (+770) live tickets, which was 19.1% of the ticket pool (+1.8%) as of Oct 1.

Biggest gainers in September are (+726) and (+443). Note that the latter had API issues since Sep 20 and the ticket stats it reported were inaccurate.

Image: Distribution of tickets managed by VSPs.

Image: Distribution of solo vs VSP-managed tickets.

Image: Monthly missed tickets since 2016.

Nodes: Decred Mapper observed 118 dcrd nodes on Oct 1: v1.7.1 - 38%, v1.7.2 - 29%, v1.7.4 - 14%, v1.7.0 - 10%, other - 9%.

Note: dcrd v1.7.4 was a source-only release for developers with the main goal to fix the stalled testnet.

Image: dcrd node version distribution.

The share of mixed coins varied between 60.8-60.9%. Daily mixed amount varied between 290-493K DCR.

Decred’s Lightning Network explorer has seen 70 nodes (+28), 105 channels (+37) with a total capacity of 42.5 DCR (+7.1), as of Oct 1.

Thanks to @bochinchero for making DJ less boring with the charts. You can find the charts we cherry-pick here and many others in the dcrsnapshots repository.


KuCoin was removed from the Exchanges list after a report that it did not accept DCR deposits. Two weeks later they announced that DCR deposits and withdrawals are enabled.

Huobi announced it will delist 7 privacy coins including DCR to “safeguard our users’ assets”, and was removed from the Exchanges list as well.

Cryptohunt added a page for Decred. The service aims to make crypto more accessible to newcomers by providing simple info pages for popular crypto projects.

Warning: the authors of the Decred Journal have no idea about the trustworthiness of any of the services above. Please do your own research before trusting your personal information or assets to any entity.

Join our #ecosystem chat to follow Decred ecosystem updates.


Monde PR’s achievements:

Secured the following news articles:



Paul Rosenberg mentioned Decred at Hackers Congress Paralelni Polis (Prague, Czech Republic). It was a small appearnace on one slide but with an important idea:

BTC, BCH, Decred, Scrit, whatever.. Use it.
Start publishing prices in sats; let people learn how to convert.
Setup middlemen if you like.
Take a year to transition if necessary, but we must use our money.


Decred Magazine engagement stats for September:

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Selected articles:


Art and fun:


Non-English content:


Five community members discussed governance, marketing, DEX and many other topics in the new Community Roundtable episode on Decred’s YouTube channel.

Selected Reddit posts:

Selected Twitter discussions:


In September DCR was trading between USD 23.30-34.70 / BTC 0.00124-0.00175. The average daily rate was $27.19.

The following is not investment advice.

New market coverage by @Applesaucesome: Light at the end of the tunnel and The one where everything looks bad but I post lots of hopium.

I won’t sugar coat it, everything look really bad. Stonks, crypto, everything. All the momentum gained from past weeks is retraced. But as we all know, that’s where all the hands get shaken out…or we just capitulate again for the nth time. 🙃 [2022-09-25]

Image: “Decred’s BTC pairing is really interesting to watch when you zoom way out.” - @Applesaucesome

On YouTube technical analysis for DCR has been made by More Crypto Online (“it is one of the best altcoin charts out there but there is no guarantee for it to work out”), Jacob Crypto Bury, and Schulz & Team Analytik (German).

Image: DCRDEX monthly volume in USD.

Relevant External

OFAC has clarified how the sanctions against the Tornado Cash addresses are supposed to work. The people who received unsolicited nominal sums from Tornado Cash (someone was trolling) are technically in breach of the sanctions but they can fill in a blocked property form to avoid prosecution.

Coinbase is coming after Georgians who took advantage of a bug which saw the Georgian Lari mispriced for 7 hours and traders getting 100 times the Lari for their crypto. Coinbase contacted their banks and had their accounts locked pending clawback of the withdrawn funds.

Ethereum completed “the merge” to switch from PoW to PoS consensus, cutting its energy use by an estimated 99.95% and reducing the issuance rate of new ETH in the process.

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has filed a complaint against Ooki DAO for violating the Commodity Exchange Act. A $250,000 penalty was imposed on bZeroX LLC, who tried to circumvent enforcement by decentralizing control of the protocol to Ooki DAO. Now the CFTC has indicated that they are coming after anyone who is involved in Ooki DAO, which it describes as an “Unincorporated Association”. It appears that Ooki DAO token holders are afraid to vote on proposals about how to respond, lest they open themselves up to more individual trouble by voting, and there is a danger they may lose by default if the DAO does not respond by Oct 14.

A merger between two DeFi communities (FEI and RARI) is being dissolved after an acrimonious split over how to compensate victims of Fuse, a DeFi product of their shared venture which was hacked for $80 million. In the aftermath of the hack an initial governance proposal was approved to fully compensate all victims, but FEI’s leadership (who had the funds to make victims whole) decided it wasn’t a proper proposal and did not follow through. It took 4 proposals to reach a solution all parties could agree to, and it involved dissolving the partnership between the projects and giving token holders a way to exit.

That’s all for September. Share your updates for the next issue in our #journal chat room.


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