Back to Blog Entries

MultiBit Classic is four years old today

July 16th 2015

On 16 July 2011 Jim pushed the first commit of the MultiBit source code to GitHub. This marked the beginning of a long journey as part of the Bitcoin ecosystem which we would like to share with you today.

How did it all begin ?

On the Bitcoinj mailing list. Jim provided a link to a Google Doc containing an initial proposal for a user interface to the growing bitcoinj library. After some discussion it became a standalone client living in its own project that used bitcoinj to access the Bitcoin network.

Shortly after that Jim and I (Gary) collaborated on the user interface document and MultiBit was born.

At that time there was no website but a couple of months later the Wayback machine took this snapshot of the website. It was pretty basic.

While we are visiting the Wayback machine (they accept Bitcoin you know), consider what /r/Bitcoin looked like back then (12 July 2011). A whopping 4556 subscribers!

Giving thanks

Before we go any further we want to point out that MultiBit would probably not exist without the support of other people in the Bitcoin ecosystem. We want to thank all the people who donated their time and energy in various ways over the last four years to MultiBit. This includes donors to our donation address, localisers who translated MultiBit into dozens of languages and especially to the other bitcoinj developers who have built the bitcoinj library to be the thoroughbred it is today.

Four years in Bitcoin

Looking back, four years in Bitcoin seems like an eternity. We have had multiple booms and busts since then and Bitcoin has been declared dead so many times there is a Bitcoin obituaries tribute site. In July 2011 there were hardly any Bitcoin services or wallets. Instawallet was 3 months old, we had just had the June 2011 Mt Gox incident where the bitcoin price dropped to one cent.

The press topic on Bitcointalk was full of Silk Road news and the latest GPU miner designs.

The Bitcoin ecosystem and infrastructure has grown and toughened immeasurably since those early days.

We at MultiBit, along with all of you, have helped in our own small way to drive that growth. We are proud of what we have achieved so far and yet there is still so much more to do.

Where do we go now ?

MultiBit Classic will continue to be supported in maintenance mode. We will issue occasional updates to ensure compatibility with modern operating systems and apply critical security fixes. So while we do not think we will ever truly retire Classic it will no longer be the popular choice it once was. We expect it will be largely confined to more technical users of Bitcoin.

We believe MultiBit HD is the better choice for our users now. Much of the tried and tested Classic code lives on in HD under the covers and when coupled with the extensive improvements and new features of HD it is a worthy upgrade. Try it out and see if you like it.

Every year Bitcoin moves on and becomes more sophisticated so it will be fascinating to see where we will be in another 4 years.

Related articles

Here are some related articles: