Support Custom Derivation Paths On Hardware Wallets

Easily Support Custom Derivation Paths for Ledger and Trezor Wallets

Chris Meisl

By Chris Meisl in blockchain, onboard.js on April 1, 2020

While you can hold every private key in the palm on your hand, there are a staggering number of possible wallet addresses that can be generated from a seed phrase. And  advanced users may take advantage of these possibilities by using custom derivation paths on their hardware wallets to select new addresses. 

The ability to choose a custom derivation path is popular among developers (who need to access test nets) and whales (who have many accounts that they use to secure funds). And support for hardware wallets and custom derivation paths is a commonly requested feature for leading applications.

Having a native hardware wallet integration was the most requested feature for the 
Gnosis Safe multisig. Thanks to Blocknative, we were able to deliver an easy and trusted way to use a Ledger or Trezor device with a multisig using Onboard.js.

Lukas Schor, Product Manager For Gnosis Safe

The latest release of Onboard.js enhances our hardware support module, adding the ability to choose from common derivation paths or enter a custom derivation path. Read on to learn about what custom derivation paths are and why supporting them matters. 

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Mastering the Mempool

8 Lessons to Help You Master the Mempool

We want to wish the entire community well during the COVID-19 pandemic. While things are turbulent right now, we wanted to share a new post that dives deep into the mempool so that you can dig into an important part of the Web3 ecosystem.


Blockchains are transaction machines. But on-chain data represents value-at-rest — confirmed transactions. While pre-chain, or mempool, data explores value-in motion — transactions in flight. 

To date, the industry has largely focused on value-at-rest. This is an important piece of the Web3 puzzle. But for any transaction to be included in a block, it must move through the mempool. And unlike the blockchain — which acts as a definitive record — the mempool is chaotic, fragmented, and often unpredictable. 

In the course of building infrastructure to monitor the mempool, we've learned a lot about how it works. And at ETHDenver 2020 Matt Cutler, Blocknative's CEO and co-founder, shared some important lessons in his talk Mastering the Mempool:

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Easily support hardware wallets

Does Your Web3 App Support Hardware Wallets?

Chris Meisl

By Chris Meisl in blockchain, onboard.js on March 12, 2020

Hardware wallets — such as Ledger and Trezor — are popular among crypto whales and traders. They provide an additional safeguard for digital assets. But that extra layer of protection presents a challenge for Web3 developers — as hardware wallets do not have any built-in user interface for selecting, viewing, and switching accounts or networks. 

Before now, if you wanted your product to support hardware wallets, you had to build a custom user interface from scratch. This takes serious time and effort.

Thankfully, those days are gone!

We are excited to introduce the latest update to Onboard.js — Blocknative’s open-source user onboarding framework. A new hardware wallet module makes it easy to add support for hardware wallets for users of your Web3 application.

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When will ethereum reach 1 billion transactions?

When One Billion Ethereum Transactions?

Matt Cutler

By Matt Cutler in blockchain, Mempool, Ethereum on February 24, 2020

Web3 is taking root — transitioning from proof-of-concepts to enterprise-grade solutions. As specialists in the global mempool and the associated value in motion, the team at Blocknative looked back at 2019 and wondered, "How many public blockchain transactions have ever happened?" This quickly lead to "How many new public blockchain transactions can we reasonably expect in the coming years?" 

We were surprised that, as far as we could tell, no one had previously published answers to either of these questions. So we set off to generate our own results. And today we're happy to share our findings.

The results were surprising, exciting, and encouraging.

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How Defi Saver Makes It Easy To Manager Assets In Web3

DeFi Saver: Making It Easier To Manage DeFi Assets

Blocknative

By Blocknative in blockchain, usability, Case Study, Dapp, DeFi, Notify on February 18, 2020

DeFi is a blockchain term that refers to decentralized finance, and the ethos of the term refers to the creation of an open financial system that doesn’t rely on authorities or intermediaries. Today most DeFi activity is on the Ethereum network and ranges from digital assets to financial smart contracts to protocols.

With DeFi, developers can program applications that can store, lend, borrow, or otherwise manage digital assets. These applications often come to life in the form of smart contracts or protocols — which can be leveraged by other developers to build on. 

Today we will explore this emerging world that seeks to reinvent the financial system. 

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Internal Transaction

Internal Transaction Monitoring Is The Missing Puzzle Piece To Understanding Your Smart Contract Activity

Chris Meisl

By Chris Meisl in blockchain, Notify, Mempool on February 13, 2020

Blockchains are transaction engines, enabling the exchange of value in ways that have not been possible before. The potential is exciting. But the complexity of smart contract-based transactions can make it difficult for even the most experienced Ethereum developers to understand what is actually going on with a transaction.

Today, we are excited to announce that Notify — Blocknative’s real-time blockchain transaction management and monitoring platform — now makes it easier to understand value transfer with support for internal transactions.

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Nodes, Your Gateway To The Mempool

A Note On Nodes: Your Gateway To The Mempool

Nodes act as a gateway to the Ethereum network. Before a miner can include your transaction in a block, a node must first accept it. And understanding how nodes accept transactions can unlock insights into how Ethereum works.

Our goal with this Mastering the Mempool series is to help you understand this crucial — but often under-explored — element of Web3. We suggest starting with our first post in the series, where we cover many of the core concepts of the mempool. 

In this post, we explore how transactions enter the Ethereum mempool.

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Diving deep into the world of the Mempool

Mastering the Mempool: Your Intro to In-Flight Transactions

The mempool is the gateway to the blockchain. Before anything can be written on a block, it must first move through the mempool. And this important piece of Web3 is often overlooked.

Since the mempool dictates how every transaction gets written to and confirmed on-chain, understanding the mempool can help you understand what is happening with your in-flight transactions and unlock deep insights into how blockchains work.

In the course of building infrastructure to monitor the mempool, we've learned a lot about how it works. We want to share our insights about this fascinating part of the Ethereum ecosystem. To start, let’s introduce what the mempool is and why it matters to you and your Dapp.

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post-betoken

A Decentralized Take On Asset Management

Blocknative

By Blocknative in blockchain, usability, Case Study, Dapp, Notify on January 7, 2020

Betoken is a next-generation DAO that is building a leading crowd-powered asset management protocol. As a fully decentralized protocol, anyone can put money in or become a manager. Betoken is transforming how people invest in cryptocurrencies and they want to create new job opportunities. 

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Blocknative Year In Review - And What's Ahead

Blocknative

By Blocknative in blockchain, usability, UX Best Practices on December 17, 2019

Blocknative has come a long way since we launched at ETHDenver 2019 in February. Our team is excited by the progress we have made.  As 2019 wraps up, we want to take a moment to talk about where we are as a company – and what's next for 2020.

What Is Blocknative?

During 2019, we had the opportunity to get involved with the blockchain community at several events, including ETHDenver, Web3 Summit, MetaCartel Demo Day, DappCon, ETHBerlin, Devcon V, San Francisco Blockchain Week, and more. Along the way, we learned that many members of the ecosystem are familiar with Blocknative but were not sure about what we do.  This was not much of surprise given how rapidly our business and the surrounding ecosystem has evolved in 2019. 

In response, we recently created this quick video if efforts to clarify what we do, who we do it for, and why our capabilities are relevant to you and your blockchain-based business:

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