In this post, we’ll walk through the benefits and performance improvements Xverse saw after switching to Hiro’s tools.
Xverse is a leading Bitcoin wallet for Web3, providing first-class support for Ordinals, NFTs, DeFi and decentralized applications. Available on iOS, Android, and desktop as a Chrome browser extension, Xverse lets users securely manage Bitcoin on layer 1 as well as layer 2 assets on networks like Stacks, and soon, the Lightning Network.
Xverse offers some of the most advanced features of any Bitcoin wallet, including BRC-20 token wallet support. And to do that, they need sound infrastructure supporting them.
Building a BRC-20 Wallet
BRC-20 tokens are a new metaprotocol on Bitcoin that enable fungible tokens to be created via ordinal inscriptions. The vast majority of new inscriptions have been BRC-20 tokens in the past two months, and BRC-20 tokens regularly drive the majority of Bitcoin transaction activity (!).
Chain activity sent a clear message: there was a strong market need for Bitcoin wallets that support BRC-20 tokens.
Chain activity sent a clear message: there was a strong market need for Bitcoin wallets that support BRC-20 tokens. Xverse rose to the challenge.
Today, anyone can see their full BRC-20 transaction history within Xverse. In order to support this feature, Xverse needed to get reliable, accurate data for this Ordinals metaprotocol. Xverse chose Hiro’s Ordinals API because of the enterprise-grade performance and support.
“Hiro’s Ordinals API is reliable and very easy to integrate, enabling this trailblazing feature for BRC-20. It saved a lot of development time on our end,” said Ken Liao, CEO of Xverse.
The Power of Hiro’s Ordinals API
Our Ordinals API offers two core strengths that enable devs to build with BRC-20 tokens.
Speed & Reliability
Hiro’s open-source Ordinals API was designed with speed and reliability in mind. To provide the best possible performance to wallets like Xverse, we made specific design choices that drastically improve indexing speeds. In particular, we decoupled two processes:
- The ingestion of all ordinals inscription data
- Scanning that data for BRC-20 data.
Our Ordinals API is powered by Ordhook, an ordinals indexer that monitors all Bitcoin chaintips and is reorg-resistant.
Professional Grade Developer Tooling
Our infrastructure serves 100s of millions of requests / month with 99.99% availability, and today our Ordinals API alone already serves 75M+ requests per month. We have experience and a track record designing and maintaining highly available APIs.