monero VS monero-lws

Compare monero vs monero-lws and see what are their differences.


Monero: the secure, private, untraceable cryptocurrency (by monero-project)


Monero Light Wallet Server (scans monero viewkeys and implements mymonero API) (by vtnerd)
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monero monero-lws
268 9
6,466 20
1.7% -
9.3 4.9
about 21 hours ago about 2 months ago
C++ C++
GNU General Public License v3.0 or later BSD 3-clause "New" or "Revised" License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of monero. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-12-04.


Posts with mentions or reviews of monero-lws. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-11-14.
  • Monero has a serious user friendly problem
    11 projects | | 14 Nov 2021
    The sync time actually could be mitigated by the wallets themselves by finding the way how to move the sync process into the background to run it all the time. Of course, this is not so trivial to do as it sounds because some platforms have technical limitations e.g. iOS has a very limited policy for background tasks. Nonetheless, there are still ways how this could be bypassed, and one of them I'm using myself: MyMonero + monero-lws on a dedicated hardware which is running 24/7. With this setup I have instant status of my wallet status anytime, even after a month without sacrificing any(?) privacy. Of course, this is still miles away from being "friendly to use / good UX" because first and foremost it requires building "monero-lws" from the source code where most of the non-tech-savvy would immediately fail, there are other setup challenges as well but that's not the point. The point I wanted to make is that wallet sync time definitely has ways in which it can be improved, at least from the UX perspective. Sometimes solutions needs a bit more out-of-the-box thinking.
  • ELI5 Request: The F' is Happening With Decoy and Ring Sigs
    1 project | | 4 Oct 2021
    Also important to note from that post discussing the bugs: the initial reported bug turned out to be not as severe (i.e. you actually cannot definitively identify real outputs spent right after unlock because of the bug). We found that an alternative implementation of the algorithm (in monero-lws) did not have the bug and is widely used by at least one popular wallet (MyMonero). So that means anyone using MyMonero's transactions could have feasibly selected recent decoys, and therefore recent outputs on chain could be decoys.
  • Farcaster: Community update August
    4 projects | | 7 Sep 2021
    We have now completed the necessary interfaces for communicating with both blockchains - something we termed syncers. The integration work in the node is mostly complete. For bitcoin, we are currently using the electrum protocol, while for monero we are communicating with the monero daemon and monero-wallet-rpc. Using the monero-wallet-rpc for multiple swaps at a time proved quite slow during our testing, so we are now exploring the usage of vtnerd's monero light wallet server. In contrast to the monero-wallet-rpc, the light wallet server can keep track of and scan for transactions of multiple distinct view keys at a time. Our work integrating the monero rpc interfaces also led to some pull requests to monero-rpc-rs in the monero-ecosystem project.
  • Can I host my own "lite" wallet server?
    2 projects | | 15 Jun 2021
    Technically, yes, but it’s fairly difficult and not user friendly at the moment. I believe it can be done with OpenMonero and monero-lws, both created by community members. Here’s the repo to lws:
  • Monero lightwallet client options
    3 projects | | 18 May 2021
    I have found the vtnerd lightwallet server monero-lws. I want to use that on my Monero node. But as far as I know the official GUI does not support the lightwallet api. Is that correct? What are my options to connect to the light wallet server?
  • Asynchronous transaction scanning for multiple keys/wallets
    2 projects | | 14 Apr 2021
  • Running a MyMonero server?
    2 projects | | 10 Apr 2021
  • vtnerd full time Monero work now open for funding
    1 project | | 26 Feb 2021
    monero-lws repo is here
  • MyMonero Android app is available for testing
    2 projects | | 9 Feb 2021
    If people are worried about using our servers for their scanning vtnerd has a mymonero compatible local server

What are some alternatives?

When comparing monero and monero-lws you can also consider the following projects:

firo - The privacy-focused cryptocurrency

xmrig - RandomX, CryptoNight, AstroBWT and Argon2 CPU/GPU miner

xmrig-proxy - Monero (XMR) Stratum protocol proxy

monero-GUI-guide - Guide for the Monero GUI wallet

p2pool - Decentralized pool for Monero mining

bisq - A decentralized bitcoin exchange network

monero-pool - A Monero mining pool server written in C

PiNode-XMR - Monero Node for Single Board Computers with Web Interface and additional tools pre-configured. Self Installing.

openmonero - Fully open sourced implementation of MyMonero backend

monero-gui - Monero: the secure, private, untraceable cryptocurrency


dash - Dash - Reinventing Cryptocurrency