Solaris Platform Update 01 — Core wallet, new block explorer, website and release date

Solaris XLR
5 min readAug 15, 2019


Dear Solarians,

It has been a little while since we last posted an update, but that’s for a good reason. We’ve been hard at work on the new Solaris codebase and making great progress. Everything’s coming together nicely, but we underestimated the amount of work required to ensure a smooth and painless transition to this new era of Solaris. There are a lot of moving parts, some of which we just did not foresee before really diving into all the work.

For those unaware of what we are talking about, we at Solaris are ditching the current Pivx codebase in-favor of a more modern and feature rich Stratis codebase. Stratis (STRAT) is a fantastic blockchain implementation, with the core technology and consensus based on Bitcoin, but re-written in C#. It easily allows to develop new solutions and services using the .NET platform which we are far more comfortable with than the aging C++ language used by Pivx. You can read our initial proposal here:

Previously dubbed as Solaris 3.0 update, we are now happy to unveil that we are going to take on the name of Solaris Platform. We believe this name better encapsulates our plans going forward, with multiple product offerings being built around Solaris blockchain.

As such we have already created a brand new GitHub repository for Solaris Platform, where you can easily follow the development progress of the various components we are currently working on.

We have registered domain name, which will go live when the new codebase is released. Our old website URL ( will still work and redirect to the new website.

Important to note that all 3 main Solaris exchanges will be supporting the new codebase and will swap to the new coins after release. This means that if your coins are on Txbit, CoinExchange or Crypto-Bridge, then you will not have to do anything to swap your coins as it will be done automatically.

In this update we will explain what has already been completed, what work is still remaining, and most of all give you a more concrete release date of the new codebase.

Solaris Core Wallet

Solaris Full Node and the graphical Core wallet are 90% finished. All the basic functionality has been tested and is in place. Cold Staking is already activated on the network and can be used through the command line interface, but the graphical user interface for Cold Staking still needs to be completed.

As you probably noticed, Solaris Core wallet interface is using Txbit design language as we move forward to unify our product offerings as Solaris Platform.

Linking your staking address with your Txbit account will also be simpler than ever to avail of the Solaris Reward Program. Stay tuned for another update from the Txbit team that will explain how the new Solaris Reward Program will function without masternodes.

Solaris Explorer

After we heavily dove into the work of the new codebase, we quickly realised that none of the available blockchain explorers offer what we are looking for. Some are missing essential information such as Cold Staking transactions, others are not user friendly or generally look like they have been made with no design consideration at all.

As a result we decided to build a blockchain explorer from scratch to fit our needs and visual coherence. Most of the preliminary work has already been completed with some general polish remaining to be done for it’s version 1 release. Already clocking in at over 90,000 lines of code, we are happy with the performance and feel of the explorer, but some work still remains in polishing various elements.

The explorer, together with other aspects of the Solaris Platform, will be a constantly evolving project. First version will have all the basics you would expect from an explorer, subsequent versions will add real time updating, in-depth charts and graphs as well as user request functionality we deem necessary.

We are making this block explorer completely open source, any project can take it, modify it and use it for their own needs. The explorer can be used by projects based on Stratis or Bitcoin codebases, and it’s extremely simple to get it up and running.

Solaris Website

Just like the wallet and explorer, Solaris website will also be getting a considerable makeover. We are still keeping a similar visual theme we have on the current website, but various sections have been added and expanded on. One again we will be trying to unify our product offerings, such as the blockchain platform, block explorer and Txbit, under the more common name of Solaris Platform.

Codebase Release

Our initial release timeline was slated for August, but we now realise that we were a bit too ambitious.

Building a new Block Explorer was not something we envisioned at all when we first announced the Solaris 3.0 update. Some extra features and functionality still needs to be thoroughly polished and tested before we feel 100% comfortable releasing them.

After internally deliberating and taking into considerations various aspects which still need to be completed, and taking into consideration that sometimes life also gets in the way of work , we are fully focused to release Solaris Platform and begin the swap process in October or early November.

As we get closer we will provide the exact date when the release will happen, as well as provide another update with full swap details in the coming weeks.

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Solaris is a blockchain platform offering tools for decentralized application development utilizing widely popular Microsoft technologies of C# using .NET Core