Cashu is Ecash for Bitcoin
Cashu is a free and open-source Chaumian ecash system built for Bitcoin. Cashu offers near-perfect privacy for users of custodial Bitcoin applications. Nobody needs to knows who you are, how much funds you have, and with whom you transact with.
What is Cashu?
Cashu is a new ecash protocol for custodial Bitcoin applications that is tightly integrated into the Lightning network. An Ecash system consists of two parts, the mint and the ecash wallet. Ecash transactions untraceable, instant, and require no fees. Cashu is built for Bitcoin. Wallets use the mint's Lightning node for making or receiving Bitcoin payments in exchange for ecash. A Cashu mint does not know who you are, what your balance is, or who you're transacting with. Users of a mint can exchange ecash privately without anyone being able to know who the involved parties are. Bitcoin payments are executed without anyone able to censor specific users.
Cashu is an Ecash implementation based on David Wagner's variant of Chaumian blinding (protocol specs) which was later written and discussed in this thread.
Cashu NUTs (Notation, Usage, and Terminology) are Cashu's protocol specifications and the developer libraries make it easy to write wallets and mints.
There are multiple implementations of the Cashu protocol. Cashu is available as a command line interface (CLI) tool and as Progressive Web Apps (PWA) with a graphical user interface.
A step-by-step guide to the Cashu Python command line interface (CLI).
A guide to getting started with the Nutstash wallet.
Running a mint
A step-by-step guide of how to run your own Cashu mint.
Cashu on Nostr
Learn how to use Cashu on Nostr.
Build a Cashu webapp
This guide will show you how to write your own Cashu web app.
Join the Cashu R&D group
We have a channel on Telegram focussed on Cashu R&D. If you're developer and would like to start working with Cashu, please join us here.
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