Current State and Capabilities of the Liquid Network
March 20, 2019
IMPORTANT NOTICE : We have corrected inaccuracies about how the Liquid network works, particularly in the governance and revenue model. We would like to thank Blockstream, especially Neil Woodfine, Mario Gibney and Allen Piscitello.
How to try it
At first, we were going to construct a tutorial to build Liquid and a guide to using it for issuing and transferring L-BTC and assets while experiencing Confidential Transactions. This isn’t necessary anymore because Liquid Core is finally out for every desktop platform, as a GUI version and command-line. The GUI version has a simple limitation: you can’t issue assets on it but you can transfer them. It's only on the CLI that you can issue assets. To try the Liquid Network today, download the package associated to your desktop platform, extract it and launch either liquidd for the CLI or liquid-qt for the GUI. Use this practical guide to get started, here.
It’s important to keep in mind that these are Liquid Full Nodes thus have to sync and are somewhat heavier than a light version would be. If you’d rather use the light version or want a Liquid Full node on Android, the recently renamed Blockstream Green and Abcore will add Liquid support eventually. When? Soon says Lawrence Nahum, Chief Architect at Blockstream and we will take his word because Liquid-qt was released imminently as he said!