OpenBazaar 2.0 is now live!
The beta was released in September, and we received significant help from the community testing out the application – thanks to all the testers for your help! After publishing six beta builds and seeing over 10,000 nodes launched in the beta, we’re now launching the full, open source 2.0 release. A full press release is posted at the end of this article.
The 2.0 release is a completely new network, separate from the earlier version of the OpenBazaar network. We’ve learned much from the 1.0 version, and with this information we’ve made the new OpenBazaar one of the most user-friendly decentralized applications ever built.
OpenBazaar 2.0 includes many significant improvements over the first version.
Because this new version is built on IPFS, OpenBazaar stores can now be accessible to buyers even when they are offline. Stores and listings can now be re-seeded by other OpenBazaar users, meaning that if a store is seeded then buyers can purchase their listings even if they are offline.
Third party search providers are now accessible from within the client. Search results are much faster and more accurate than they were before.
This new version of OpenBazaar includes lots of added features for vendors, including inventory management, expanded shipping options, variants, and more.
The new OpenBazaar has a built-in, Segwit-ready wallet in order to easily manage purchases and payments. It also allows more complicated transactions to occur automatically, such as 1-of-2 multisig for offline ordering and timelock to prevent funds from being stuck in an abandoned escrow transaction.
For more details about why this new 2.0 is such an improvement, you can read this article.
You can also watch our 2.0 tutorial video to help you get started.
OpenBazaar has always been completely open source (MIT licensed), and we encourage community contributions. Visit the server repo and client repo on Github in order to review the code, open issues, or submit pull requests.
Once you’ve downloaded OpenBazaar, send an email to jenn [at] ob1.io with your ob:// user profile or store address AND your mailing address and we will send you a few of our OpenBazaar promotional items including stickers, pins and some surprises!
Finally, if you have questions or concerns along the way please visit our Support page for different ways to get the help you need and join the OpenBazaar community.
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