Nighthawk update for September 2022

In September, we focussed on triaging bugs, evaluating feedback from users, and prioritizing bug fixes for the Nighthawk native mobile applications.

Nighthawk Wallet updates:

  • Work with Google Play support to fix the delay of app publication 3 weeks after submission.

  • Review & triage bug reports by users, Google Play Dashboard, and Apple Connect portal.

  • Provide ongoing end-user support to users of Nighthawk Wallet via Twitter & ProtonMail channels.

  • App Changelog is published at

Light Client Working Group:

Goal: Keep up-to-date versions for zcashd & lightwalletd to continue providing high availability public infrastructure for light-wallet-based Zcash applications.

  • Monitor the upgraded servers and verify available server specifications & bandwidth meets demand.

  • Maintain 100% uptime for main-net and single instance test-net services.

  • Continue maintaining the monthly warranty canary on

Goal: Provide a fast, lightweight, Tor-enabled, no-tracker/no-analytics/no-logging Zcash transaction explorer.

  • Upgrade host server storage and backup setup.

  • Monitor the resolution of v5 transaction types broadcast on the Zcash blockchain.

  • Maintain service availability for high visitor demand and zcashd resource usage.

  • Continue working towards architecting & estimating costs for a test-net version of Zcash Block Explorer.

Zcash <> Thorchain Integration

Goal: Adding Zcash to Thorchain to enable decentralized ZEC trading and LP incentives.

The Zcash implementation is currently on hold following upcoming conventional transaction fee-related changes and optimizations for zcashd core node software. As for the Zcash-specific Thorchain work, the following items are pending:

a) Work on bridging ancillary Python code for integration tests.

b) Executing smoke test suite on updated test-net infra with zcashd v5.2.0+

c) Work on xchain.js wallet APIs for Zcash to support upcoming changes in conventional fee structure.

And that’s a wrap for the September update! We look forward to the upcoming transaction-fee changes in the next zcashd upgrade with the finalization of ZIP-317.