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Expanse (EXP) is a decentralized cryptographic information, application, and contract platform forked from the Ethereum codebase and is mined the same way with ethminer. According to its creators it is among the first of such to be fairly distributed, democratically controlled, and community managed. Through the use of smart contracts and decentralized blockchain technology, it is run not by any one individual or group, but by the users of Expanse itself. The project is organized, managed, and operated through a decentralized organization leveraging direct influence over the platform and its future to those that matter most: our community. New features, integration, and core modifications of the expanse platform and organization can be nominated, voted on, and implemented according to the collective opinion. Expanse’s backend is based on the Ethereum Go client and there is a dedicated beta GUI wallet for Windows and Max already available to help you manage your coins easily than via the console.


Block Explorer / Crawler


  • Algorithm: Dagger-Hashimoto
  • Block Reward: 8 EXP
  • Block Target: 60 seconds
  • Gas Limit: 31415926
  • Reserve: 11 Million (Community Managed)

Wallet downloads

Source Code
at GitHub


  • RPC Port: 9656
  • P2P Port: 42786




The last few days we have seen yet another serious spike in the price of Ethereum’s Ether (ETH) coins reaching a new all time high at almost $6.5 USD per coin and showing growing interest from users including miners. Things have gone almost crazy around Ethereum in the last few days and we have even started seeking some of this interest moving onto the Ethereum forks as well, so if you have not been following these, then you might want to check them out. There seem to be three different forks active at the moment – Expanse, Shift and Soil with the first fork released being Shift, though at the moment Expanse seems the most promising alternative.

Ethereum (ETH) forks:
Expanse (EXP)
Shift (SHF)
Soil (SOIL)

You can mine these Ethereum forked altcoins the same way you can mine Ethereum using ethminer, they use the same Dagger-Hashimoto algorithm as the original they have been forked from. We have published many guides on how to get started with Ethereum using the console and GUI wallets as well as how to mine using ethminer and these guides are applicable to the different forks as well in most part, so if you need some help you can check them out.


The altcoin Decred (DCR) had a bit of a rough launch and it seems that there might be some work required to optimize things and make them run smoother in terms of block time and difficulty adjustment, still the coin launched with a lot of user interest and large amount of hashrate was thrown at it right from the start. Still one of the major complaints about Decred (DCR) is the lack of GUI wallet and the need to do everything via the console which is a problem for many not so advanced users. Many of you might remember a few months ago when Ethereum has officially launched and the mining started it had the same issue – there was no official GUI wallet available at launch. Decred has an official online wallet that is currently available, however many people are complaining of issues trying to claim their airdrop coins or even do a simple transaction via the web wallet, we’ve had our fair share of issues trying to use it as well. So here comes DecredJWallet (source) to help you with the best thing you can currently use as a GUI wallet for Decred (DCR).

DecredJWallet is a user made Java-based GUI wallet for Decred that interfaces with dcrd and dcrwallet as a backend providing a more user friendly interface for doing simple tasks via a graphical interface such as checking your balance, viewing transfers made or send and receive coins. In order to use the DecretJWallet GUI wallet you need to copy the JAR file of the wallet where your Decred binaries are located and double click it to run it. Then you need to provide the details to connect to the Decred daemon, no need to run it manually, the GUI wallet will do this for you after you provide the connection details. The best thing is that you can just run DecredJWallet on top of already working Decred node and will open your existing wallet if you have generated one already. So if you are having trouble using the online wallet or the command line tools then check out the DecretJWallet as it may be quite helpful and make your life easier, it works on the testnet as well as the mainnet, we have tested it on the main network and it worked just fine.

For more information and to download and try the DecredJWallet Java GUI wallet…