After months of work, we are happy to finally make public Haveno, the Monero based Decentralized Exchange!
For now it's only a Proof of Concept and the interface is still Bisq, but the base mechanisms are there and developers can already test XMR <-> Crypto trades!
The calls for a native, decentralized and private way to exchange Monero for fiat currencies and other cryptos have been heard! Haveno is a fork of the Bisq exchange, a decentralized exchange used to trade Bitcoin for national currencies and other cryptos. Haveno is based on Monero, making it more private and cheaper than Bisq (more info in the README of the repository.
Haveno uses peer-to-peer networking and multi-signature escrow to facilitate trading without a trusted third party custodian. Disputes can be resolved using non-custodial arbitration.
The project has a core team, at the moment composed of myself (ErCiccione) and Woodser, the lead developer.
What's the status of the project
The platform has a long road to go before being available for public use. As said, the PoC is ready, but everything else needs to be done. We are tracking development using GitHub's issues and projects. Please take a look at the 'Status of the project' section of the README, but basically the most important tasks we are working on are:
- We need a logo. Right now it's a random stock image (#1)
- The User Interface is basically still Bisq. Needs to be completely reworked and adapted for Monero as base currency (https://github.com/haveno-dex/haveno/projects/2). We are already in contact with an interested designer, but nothing has been decided yet.
- Clean-up the repository from Bisq-specific content (https://github.com/haveno-dex/haveno/projects/1)
How can the community help?
Now we badly need:
If you can help in any way, please let us know. Right now we mostly need coders (Java), network experts (for the underlying P2P/Tor infrastructure) and designers, but any help in any field would be really appreciated. Just contact us and let's build Haveno together!
Funds are also fundamental at this stage. If you can, please sponsor or donate to the project. We are thinking of incentive development through bounties, but we will also need funds to continue development. We are also considering opening a CCS proposal, but that will be decided later on, also depending by how much funds we are going to get without CCS.
Where are we?
The haveno-dex GitHub organization is our base. The main repository where the code sleeps is haveno, but we also have a haveno-meta repository, used for proposals and project-wide issues/features that need to be added/discussed.
We have two rooms on Matrix, where we discuss and coordinate:
- Haveno (
#haveno:haveno.network– invite link): For general discussions about the project (relayed on Freenode:
- Haveno Dev (
#haveno-dev:haveno.network– Invite link): For development related coordination and support (relayed on Freenode:
The question everybody want to ask
Yes, Woodser is already working in implementing atomic swaps for XMR <-> BTC trades on Haveno 🙂
We are very excited to finally go public and we are looking forward to hear your thoughts! 🙂