BitShares Core 5.0.0 Release (code name "Splash")

Release Notes

The BitShares Core software has been updated to the 5.0.0 Protocol Release. The code name of the release is "Splash". The Core software is used to build the validation nodes that perform consensus of all transactions on the BitShares blockchain. This release includes additions, improvements, and changes to the consensus protocol.

The scheduled protocol upgrade time is Monday, September 28, 2020 17:00:00 UTC (2020-09-28T17:00:00Z).

Documentation for users may be be found at How BitShares Works.

Documentation for BitShares developers may be found at the BitShares Developer Portal.

Who Should Upgrade?

All node operators must upgrade to handle the protocol upgrade.

Upgrade Process


  • All validation nodes must complete their upgrade prior to Protocol Activation
  • A blockchain replay will automatically be performed after the validation node software is restarted. This typically takes a few hours on a modern CPU.

How to Upgrade from Source Code


  • The code base requires a compiler that supports the C++ 14 standard
  • The minimum supported boost version is 1.58, the maximum is 1.69.1
  • The minimum supported CMake version is 3.2

Obtain the Source Code

The source code may be obtained by checking out the 5.0.0 tag. Download the source at:

Build the Binaries

The binaries may be built by using your pre-existing process, or by following the standard instructions that can be found in the wiki:

Deploy the Binaries

Your standard process for deploying the node software may be used. No additional requirements or precautions will be required to deploy the new release.

How to Upgrade with Docker

The latest Docker image may be found at BitShares Core Docker page and updated with

docker pull bitshares/bitshares-core

Binaries for download

Binaries of the command line interface (CLI) wallet and the node software are pre-built and available for download.

Note: These binary builds are reproducible and were signed using Gitian. Please check the README if you want to verify and/or contribute.

PlatformSHA256 Checksum
Microsoft Windows677d46af75827caccbc08f62eea1225d865ed690cea759a608684a8550877684


The changes for 5.0.0 Protocol Release are summarized below.


DescriptionIssuePull Request
Automated Market Making (AMM) / Liquidity Pools22602261
Remove voting power from liquid BTS and tickets22622263, 2267

Node Functionality

DescriptionIssuePull Request
Update websocket to support TLSv1.22255FC-207
Improve API logging, especially useful for nodes running behind a reverse proxy844FC-134, 2167
Add voting statistics during maintenance time-2247
Fix replay percent calculation2020, 22432246
Show "testnet" text when running witness_node for testnet19952257

Node Performance and Stability

DescriptionIssuePull Request
Implement simple concurrent_unordered_set, potentially fix node crash issue1256FC-204, 1308
Fix websocket crash or hang issues1784, 1856FC-201, 2204
Fix race condition in websocket server close-FC-205
Fix reconnect of delayed node20342038

Node Plug-ins

DescriptionIssuePull Request
Add extended history tracking for selected accounts22582259
Improve ES plugin logging19532189, 2245
Rethrow plugin exception22412242


DescriptionIssuePull Request
Add mto_id to ticker data-2237
Improve error messages of history APIs, check if required plugins are enabled20212158

Software Design

DescriptionIssuePull Request
Support boost 1.72-FC-189, FC-190
Update bloom_filter to an new version in FC-FC-176
Make space+type ids constexpr and get rid of useless definition-2073
Fix macOS build warning wrt 'tuple_size'2197FC-202
Fix potential out-of-bounds access in HTTP request parser-FC-178
Remove some debug code from account_object.cpp-2189
Remove useless code-2086

Build Process and Continuous Integration

DescriptionIssuePull Request
Add GitHub Actions auto-build workflow2054, 2110, 22532062, 2112, FC-180, FC-187, 2170, 2177, 2178, 2179, 2230, 2254, FC-206, FC-208
Show more detailed messages when running test cases in CI-FC-197, 2148
Improve SonarQube scanning in CI-2218, 2221, 2226
Run node test with force-validate option in CI-2251
Fix race condition about embed_genesis.cmake21882250
Fix for perl issue building cli_wallet on Ubuntu 20 with PERL5LIB in environment-2236
Cleanup CMake modules in FC-FC-177


DescriptionIssuePull Request
Complement license info about the FC library-FC-13
Exclude fc/tests from Doxygen docs-2215
Update default parameters and config in docker README-2231

Unit Tests

DescriptionIssuePull Request
Clean up test suites7202046
Fix static_variant_depth_test-FC-199

Release Contributors

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