Announcing the Launch of Hive Blockchain

in communityfork •  3 years ago  (edited)

The buzz is real! After weeks of hard teamwork, we're announcing the launch of the new Hive blockchain.

This is an exciting time, and an opportunity to channel the love and power of a resilient and tenacious community into collaborative development for the future of social blockchain.

Hive is a passionate effort, created by a large group of Steem community members who have long looked to move towards true decentralization and to help develop the code base. The years of distribution issues and reliance on a central entity for code and infrastructure has been at the heart of a revolution of sorts, and the new Hive blockchain is the culmination of stepping up to meet the challenge of returning to shared values of protecting and celebrating the vibrant community that has grown around our ecosystem.

Check out the FAQ below for info on the launch of Hive.

What is Hive and why was it created?

Hive is a DPOS governance blockchain created by implementing a hard fork of existing Steem code.

The intention of this community-driven fork is to support and build on the strong Steem community values that have made our ecosystem so diverse and exciting. This new direction steps away from the burden of the Steemit Inc. ninja-mined stake, which has impacted the long term ability to work towards further development and decentralization for years.

Hive has begun with a talented and committed team of community developers who are already paving the way to implement much awaited improvements and robust new developments to the blockchain. It is exciting to see the community – from devs and business owners to passionate end users – stepping forward to embrace and contribute to the potential of Hive. This renewed spirit, combined with a renewed codebase and a focus on working more closely with the entire ecosystem, is key to the success and possibilities for the future of social blockchain.

What is the difference between Hive and Steem?

Hive is a fork of the Steem blockchain and runs completely independently from the existing chain. All valid accounts on the Steem blockchain will receive an airdrop on Hive. (more details below)

While the Hive chain is a fork of the Steem code, the intention is to take responsibility to build something even better. The initial Hive launch will be a direct copy of existing blockchain with a few small upgrades, which will allow us to get back to community discussion on the direction for future development, needed changes, and most wanted chain-level features.

The spirit of Steem and the goal of decentralization has always been to move away from a single point of authority, and to capitalize on and encourage the potential that has gathered in our community. Hive is drawing on the huge range of talent in our ecosystem to accelerate development, improve communication, and return to a focus on ease of use, onboarding, and marketing. The desire to move towards better decentralization and to connect people via blockchain has never been lost, and it's what makes Hive so needed now.

What happens when Hive launches?

When The Hive blockchain launches, existing Steem accounts will appear on the Hive Network as well. You will have two accounts: the current one on the Steem, and a new Hive account, which will be pre-populated with all of your current Steem content and information.

The history of these two accounts will be the same, but from the snapshot point onward, the accounts will be independent from one another. Actions you take on one network will not be reflected on the other. This means that future content and transactions will belong to whichever account you use.

If you post on Hive, it will not show up on Steem, and vice versa. The two chains will be completely independent of one another after launch.

When will Hive launch?

The Hive blockchain launch will be at 10am EST/14:00 UTC, Friday, March 20th. (countdown at All of the magic will happen this week! The snapshot and airdrop will take place back to back at the time of launch.

Where can I find Hive's code?

Here is the public open source repo for Hive:

As a STEEM holder, what do I get in the Hive airdrop?

All valid STEEM stakeholders will receive a perfectly mirrored balance of their current STEEM holdings in the new HIVE coin. This will include matching amounts of current liquid STEEM, Steem Power, and SBD. All other account state data, such as claimed accounts, delegations, etc. will be mirrored onto Hive.

For example: if your Steem account has 10 STEEM, 5 SBD, and 1000 SP, your new Hive account will have 10 HIVE, 5 HBD, and 1000 HP.

You will not need to claim anything. Simply log in with your existing Steem account details and you will have your new HIVE coins in your wallet and be able to start using the blockchain.

The Hive airdrop will only be performed on the current version of the Steem blockchain (as of the date of this post). Any "emergency hardforks" performed prior to the airdrop will not be eligible. Further, any exchange that participates in such a hardfork prior to the airdrop date will null and void the ability to participate in the airdrop for its off-chain balance holding customers.

How do I access my Hive account to post content and send Hive coins?

You can access your Hive account by simply logging in on the Hive Network using your existing Steem account keys. The first frontend available will be This is currently pointed at the Steem blockchain, but will be switched to Hive at launch time. Other popular interfaces are completing the switch over to Hive or finishing new products, and will be announcing when they are ready to use!

Who is behind the development of Hive?

There are currently over 30 experienced developers contributing to the new ecosystem, alongside many committed community members working on multiple aspects of Hive. These individuals may announce their participation through their own accounts in the future. This a true community effort, and therefore is open to all. Hive will remain open source, and open to everyone who wants to contribute to the future development of the blockchain. Testnet will be available after this post is published, so feel free to comment here if you would like to access and we'll reach out. The full codebase will move to a public repo on Thursday, March 19th, prior to launch. Updates will be made to this post and via this account.

What improvements have been added?

The most important improvements and decisions will be made after initial launch with a chance for proper feedback from the community. To successfully launch, there are some aspects that needed to be addressed immediately, including prevention of exchanges from participating in governance attacks (as we witnessed on the Steem Blockchain).

To prevent governance (or funding) attacks, a 30 day delay has been added on crediting vests towards witness and SPS votes. Further governance changes will need to be developed alongside the community.

This delay means that after an account “powers up” or stakes funds, there will be a 30 day delay before those vests can be used towards voting on governance (witnesses) or through voting in the SPS. For all other actions, there is no delay and vests are immediately available.

This is an initial way for us to mitigate this risk while continuing to improve the system as a whole, and without deciding on governance changes before returning to collection of wider community input.

Will all Steem accounts be included in the HIVE airdrop?

The goal of Hive is to continue moving towards true decentralization, and therefore the launch airdrop will include all accounts who have showcased these same values and shared goals.

The only accounts who will not be included in the initial airdrop are those containing the Steemit Inc ninja-mined stake, and those who actively contributed to (and publicly declared support for) the centralization of the Steem Blockchain.

These accounts can still choose to take part in the new chain and their accounts will exist, but they will not be included in the intial airdrop.

Exchanges participating in airdrops are now working on wallet upgrades, and listings are continually being updated.

We're looking forward to the launch of Hive!

There's a lot to come during this extremely busy week, and this post and account will be updated to reflect new information as it becomes available.

Thank you for the spirit of community, and for being a part of the buzz. Looking forward to what's ahead for everyone who wants to get involved... #hiveisalive!

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ionomy Exchange is proud to support the HIVE/BTC trading pair. ionomy has always been about great cryptocurrency projects and the communities that make these projects meaningful and valuable. As the heroic story of HIVE unfolds, ionomy welcomes the HIVE community and looks forward to a long and productive relationship.

Can you somewhere confirm that this is really an ionomy official account? Twitter announcement or something?

The pair BTC/HIVE is already listed on ionomy

Thanks for the link Favcau.

You're welcome Ibrahim! See you in HIVE! :)


Also, does your exchange require a KYC?

Thank you for asking does NOT require KYC to deposit,trade or withdraw funds.

How about PGP credentials. It would be more secure that way.

How much steem trading volume do you have?

BOOM! Leet's Go! :)



shaka laka laka boom!

Now I am hungry.. 😎

Perfect. Signing up on Ionomy right away!!!! Cheers.

  ·  3 years ago (edited)

🙏 Thanks, @ionomy: I'll sign-up to your exchange! 👏

wow nice

Good news again 👍

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Thank you @ionomy!

It keeps spinning and then the capcha times out.  Have tried for hours now.

signed up!


thanks :) the community will work to make this a huge success.

Only one thing to add here, but an important issue!
Ban any account that downvotes genuine charities.

If you have a fight with someone, settle it with that person and don't downvote other worthy accounts in your madness.

Awesome news, I'd like to add that I feel only those that are committed to decentralize, community and to the Hive should be the only ones getting the air drop. This cross chain posting double dipping nonsense is part of what has always been wrong with Steem and the greedy. @hiveio



Delighted to hear ionomy will support Hive. I have a problem signing up per screenshot. I don't know why the create new account button goes round and round and then the captcha times out.

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I finally got an email but still can't sign in

Let’s pump hive to $10 lol

that's something I'd like to see :)

Peace bitches, boom. Subtitles for above meme. 🐝🐝

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The only accounts who will not be included in the initial airdrop are those containing the Steemit Inc ninja-mined stake, and those who actively contributed to (and publicly declared support for) the centralization of the Steem Blockchain.

Can we get an exact list of excluded accounts? thanks

yes, we need to know this.

@hiveio @blocktrades
I second this. A list of excluded accounts should be made public.

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I third this.

Agreed, a comprehensive list must be made public.

Yeah let's have a list of excluded accounts who don't 100% support everything the Witnesses who were in power 2 months ago when the price of STEEM was $0.12 on life support.

NEW NEW neW NeW nEw STEEM aka HIVE should be so much better with all the same witnesses as before and the same code. Let's make the trending page like it was for the last 3 years as well. Just stake weight to the top.

This is all about freedom of speech and decentralization

Let's see the list! Go HIVE Go!

You get it. The Steem witnesses were all greedy fucks before this, anyone who thinks this will be any different because there is no steemit stake are deluded. It won't be any other ninja miners excluded , therefore your governance will once again be decided by dan the freedom account and a few other ninja mined whales.

yea let's censor everyone who disagrees and then accuse Justin Sun of censorship

you people are truly the american way arent you

It says so right there : "everyone who didnt agree with us will be censored"

or am i reading that wrong ?

i call bullshit so i guess ill be on the list of shame

I know at least a handful of people who probably should be excluded judging by those words... But I am not so sure they will be. A list would be cool to see.

Interesting. Still no answer.

  • When I asked the same question as a reply, there were lots of "attacks", so I wondered I asked a wrong, or prohibited question. It seems that lots of other users had the same question.

How can we know the list of excluded in the initial airdrop, @hiveio?

Is there any good reason not to make it public?

Agreed. Present the List of Shame.

  ·  3 years ago (edited)

Cat's out of the bag ! I fully support this new chain and have been dedicating my time to it for the past few weeks.

Hive on !

Who let the HIVE out? 🐝 🐝🐝🐝🐝

HIVE FIVE to that one!! bzzzz

Hahahahhaaaaaaaa yes

Me too and it has not even officially launched yet.

Hive on!!!!

@blocktrades @gtg -- One of the original steemit developers(We met both SF1 & SF2), I fully support this new chain! I have a great deal of experience working on Condenser front end from steemit. I fully support and could work on the new front-end, feel free to ping me.

That's awesome to hear :-) Come on board!

What a time to be alive! I, for one, cannot wait for Hive to be active and ready to accept developers building awesome and creative new applications.

Good riddance SteemIt, Inc and @justinsunsteemit.

How does a content creator join?

You need to have a Steem account which will be carried over - same passwords, wallet address, posts, balance. You don't have to do anything, just log in.

You're already in. Same login and everything.

hey, I was wondering, what about other dapps? Like, I have been using steempeak, travelfeed, dtube and appics most of the time these days. How are these going to migrate and or would it be the same way there like it's been on Steem?

Just a bit ago, talking with @travelfeed team, seems like they had know idea what's going to happen next. Very curious to know. THanks! :)

You rebranding Steempeak?

Steam Peak points to the Steem blockchain but may later point to this new Hive blockchain as early as Friday. If you are asking about Steam Peak User Interface (UI), the look and feel of it, I don't know but I am beginning to like Steam Peak over and in some ways. Steam Peak will probably move to Hive and leave Steem. But I guess I don't know. But I would if I were them.

He probably meant about the name, which contains "steem". Some new name will be warranted.

Yeah, a new name would be nice. But wouldn't that break URLs pointing to posts?

All URLs pointing to posts are going to break when they need to point to HIVE instead of Steem sites.

Can't wait to hear eli powells statement!

That will be priceless!

second the lmfao @lucylin

  ·  3 years ago (edited)Reveal Comment

The whole thing was a cluster fuck - from both sides, from the beginning.

We are where we are, though.

Things in hive will have to change fundamentally, without repeating the same shit - but that discussion is not for now..

as if ...

so what with the money invested in steem-engine tokens ?

will i get double the splintermonsters cards ?

how much does 1 HIVE sell for (usd) ?

i doubt it will be on poloniex or any of the major exchanges who don't already list STEEM itself

and ...

you're splitting the powerbase so the old ones in power can stay in power

i'm afraid im with the guy with the money so y'all can have your 'spirit of collaboration' and 'community values' (of which i have yet to see the first bit other than pyramid marketeering and take the money-and-run posts speaking on what everyone wants to hear)

i call bullshit ... im curious ... but it takes 13 weeks to powerdown and i dont know where to sell my HIVE ?

ofcourse : i somehow have my own opinion that does not 100% regurgitate the witnesses and the downvote cartels so maybe i'll just be censored and excluded

free speech for the dumb

i DO understand the simpsons so much better since i got on here lol

I like Jerry. He might have been the one that got me to join Steemit in 2017. So, what is EOS? You said Dan let EOS die. I have heard of EOS. Was EOS like a social media blockchain similar to Steem? Oh hey, if Jerry wants to suck my dick, then ehhhh, well, he will need to first eat some of my oatmeal first haha.

WHAT THE HELL? Oatmeal? lol!

Yes. I am Oatmeal lol. And Jerry is my father.

"showed off how he had back problems and stretch marks from sucking his own dick so furiously, no joke!"
Yeah, that was a truly insane time!!!!! OMFG!

And so it begins. Steem as it was meant to be. A blockchain ecosystem by and for the community.

I hope this becomes a great story for decentralized governance throughout the blockchain ecosystem. The real value is the community. ACTIONS > WORDS.

Thank you to all who have worked so tirelessly to make this happen. So many have been working non-stop for over a month now, some missing sleep and forsaking other responsibilities to get to this point.

Thank you.

They said if you contacted the Hive Airdrop they would include you in the AIRDROP, I Volunteer, for the AIRDROP, let there be no misunderstanding I want it all the whole HIVE benefits," Let it be known around the HIVE ...KINGDOM

Heart & Soul on Hive:

Luke, exactly. I plan to post on Hive and Steemit in the future but my heart and soul will be moving over to Hive on Friday. I am very excited about that.

Changing Keys

Do you think everybody should change their private keys, their passwords, when they move from Steem to post only on Hive in the future in order to stop Justin Sun from trying to who knows what or does the blockchain code somehow block people from seeing the passwords? I think that when I signed up for an account via in 2017, I did not get a private master key and/or @steem and/or something like that which seems to be the recovery account meaning that whoever has access to @steem could perhaps reset the keys, the passwords, to an account.

Locking People Out

So, perhaps, Tron Overlord Justin Sun may consider locking some accounts out someday to prevent them from posting on Steem after Friday or whenever he wants to someday.

Seems he already started censoring posts today.

The blockchain doesn't ever see your passwords. If you use tools like Steem Keychain (which will most likely move to Hive Keychain), the interface you post to won't see your passwords either. Changing recovery account is a good idea, but the recovery account alone can't take over your account.

Well, that's good news. Thanks. Did you say Tron is censoring Steem somehow? I wonder how that would be possible outside of downvotes.

I believe it has been a huge effort and few hours of sleep. I feel the community is ready to migrate and make Hive a success.

Really happy to know that you're part of this!

I think that it would be a good idea to block from being dragged into Hive any accounts that are on global blacklist.

Haha you are blocking me into getting there lol........that's a very bad idea :)

I second adding the global blacklist to the excluded list.

But what about those who were mistakenly put on those black lists, which includes people like me? I have been on lists. Yes, some people told me I was alleged taken off some lists but these things can happen at least in theory, assuming humans are not always perfect.

  ·  3 years ago (edited)

gubment locked me in mah house

save me internet money codes

Awesome! Looking forward to the airdrop and posting our first post on the Hive platform.

Let us know as soon as Hive gets listed on any exchange that we track!

Glad you are on board!! Cant wait to see hive on CC

Thanks @coingecko!

Nice one!

  ·  3 years ago (edited)

well come back as the underdog

come out like a faucet, drippin

as you come back as the underdog

hive five @traciyork I guess we'll be bizzy beez over there...

... I'd like to add a third...
Fuckin fuck yeah!!!

Can I get a fourth.

Fuckin fuck yeah, fucker.

Fucking Disclaimer: This was a fucking joke. Relax.

🤣🤣 got to add a disclaimer. People with their feelings nowadays.

I piss tears and shit fears. I also don't know why I said that.

hive five for this one that had me rolling....bzzzz



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lol #best

I’ll add the fuck yeah fifth...

because I’m dominant like that. 🎶

Hahaha yes

  ·  3 years ago (edited)


Can't wait for friday. I fully support this chain and plan to migrate all apps I maintain to the Hive chain as soon as possible. My longer announcement follows asap...

Well Awaited News !!!
What will happens for steem-engine token? Which was brought through steem.

Great news :D

Great to see the manifestation of all the work done by a lot of people who typically do not collaborate with each other. It was fun, contentious, frustrating, but mostly invigorating.

This is a great new dawn for the community. Throwing off the baggage of the Steemit Ninja Mined Stake is a turning point.

A heartfelt congratulations to everyone that contributed. It was amazing to observe.

Hi there

I've been reading through many comments related to new hive chain and I've seen your comment too. Many users are being torn, however majority seem to be moving to new hive.

Are you fully moving there or will you stay on both chains? Just curious. I'm trying to figure out what to do myself.

Will an API endpoint be available at launch. If so what is the URL? I would like to replace in my apps.

Great news! Would you like that I publish a Spanish translation of this announcement so that audience gets the "buenas noticias" too?

Do you think they are interesting in this Buenas Noticias? :D :D Por favorrrrr!

@roelandp translation done and published:

Anunciando el Lanzamiento de la Blockchain Hive

PS: I guess a resteem will give better visibility.

Of course! ;) HIVE on!

What about free sign ups? Will there be something similar to what Steemit Inc. used to do, or fingers crossed, something better?

There will be something similar, and then we'll improve on to create something better ;)

The solution we are envisioning will drastically ease up new account creation for everyone.

That would be a major improvement!

That'll be great! @jaki01! Shall I have to power down and then move to HIVE? (I have only 2,000 SP now.)

Hello, @tangmo! :)
You need not to power down, because anyway you will get the same amount of HIVE power as you have STEEM power now. That means after the fork you will own 2000 SP and 2000 HP.

Oh! Thanks so much for your immediate reply and for this useful information. Very excellent!

Many thanks again for your kindness. @jaki01 ;))

Really looking forward to it. I'm working with a friend to move a few hundred people to the chain. It'll be cool to see that, what's your ETA for the "something better"? (from days to months)

the beauty is we now have renewed energy and true community ownership. as such about signups discussions and ideas are well under way!

Thank you both for the answers, that's what I wanted to hear. I guess this year we'll see Hivefest 1 huh? :P

Hivefest 1: Bee there or bee square

this is lovely :D

I love the new hype. I hope we moon like on 2018