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COMIT Network makes Monero / Bitcoin atomic swaps available on mainnet

COMIT Network, an open protocol facilitating trustless cross-blockchain applications, has announced that trustless atomic swaps between Monero (XMR) and Bitcoin (BTC) are now live on mainnet. This allows users to trade XMR for BTC without needing to trust an intermediary or the trading counterparty. Users can more easily trade without using a regulated financial institution.

The Monero cryptocurrency is best-known for its private and fungible properties. Unlike other cryptocurrencies, Monero hides the sender, receiver, and amount for all transactions. This allows its privacy protections to grow to cover more transactions than are involved in Bitcoin mixing, Ethereum mixing, and all other “privacy coins” combined.

Though COMIT Network’s atomic swaps are available today, other similar projects are in development by other teams:

  • The Farcaster project raised 2727 XMR (worth $650,000 today) to build out a similar trustless atomic swaps implementation.
  • Haveno, a Monero-focused fork of Bisq, is implementing atomic swaps for their XMR/BTC trading pair.
  • Relatedly, cross-chain bridges have been announced for Secret Network and Thorchain, which will allow for easy trading with Ethereum and Binance Smart Chain tokens.

Limited trading venues despite surging retail user demand for private and fungible money have created a strong demand for these decentralized exchanges. There are more than double as many average daily Monero transactions as there were a year ago.

“The decentralized Monero exchange technology is here, so now it’s a race for wallets to provide the best user experience,” says Justin Ehrenhofer, an organizer of Monero Space, a workgroup that provides services for the Monero ecosystem. “With such high user demand for easy and private peer-to-peer exchanges, it’s only a matter of time before wallets widely implement them.”

Atomic swaps empower private and fast peer-to-peer trades, and popular Bitcoin and Monero wallets have expressed interest in supporting atomic swaps. Samourai Wallet and Monerujo performed a test swap earlier this month, and Cake Wallet has also expressed interest in supporting atomic swaps.

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