Technical Update: Factom Launches New App

Keymaker – Easier Way to Check Your Factoid Balance

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How to Check Your Factoid Balance
We are updating our instructions for the Factom Genesis. Here is a step by step guide to check your Factoid balance for Mac, Linux, and Windows with our new app, Factom Keymaker. Note that you will require your Koinify wallet 12 word passphrase to get your Factoid Address with our keymaker.

Step #1 – Go to Factom’s Keymaker app on GitHub. There you will find binaries for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Step #2 – Download the one for your OS.

Step #3 – Save it to a folder of your choice on your local hard drive. 

Step #4 – Pick the instructions for your OS.

Linux
Locate the keymaker-linux file you just downloaded in your terminal. We need to first assign execute privileges to the executable by typing the following command:

chmod 775 keymaker-linux

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Then type the following command to run the keymaker program:

./keymaker-linux

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Enter your 12 words Koinify passphrase and hit enter.

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You should then see your Factoid Address displayed.

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Copy the Factoid Address that is shown in the Terminal window by selecting the text with your mouse then right click and select copy.

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Scroll down to continue on to Step #5

Mac
Locate the keymaker-mac app you just downloaded with the Finder and your mouse. We need to first assign execute privileges to the app so open a Terminal window (located in /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app) and type:

chmod 775

Then drag and drop the keymaker-mac app to the Terminal window. You should see the below displayed in Terminal. Hit enter after that.

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Then double click the keymaker-mac app, when the app launches you will be prompted to enter your 12 words Koinify passphrase.

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Enter your 12 words Koinify passphrase and hit enter.

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You should then see your Factoid Address displayed.

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Copy the Factoid Address that is shown in the Terminal window by selecting the text with your mouse then right click and select copy.

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Scroll down to continue on to Step #5

Windows
Open a command prompt (CMD.exe) and browse to the folder that contains keymaker.exe, for example, by typing: C: (or whatever letter your hard drive is); then you can type:

cd c:UsersYourUsernameDesktop

If you can’t locate the keymaker.exe this way, just locate it with Windows Explorer and your mouse then drag and drop it to the CMD window. You should see the below on your CMD window.

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Once the file has been located in your CMD window simply hit enter and the app should run.

When the app launches you will be prompted to enter your 12 words Koinify Passphrase.

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Enter your 12 words Koinify passphrase and hit enter.

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You should then see your Factoid Address displayed.

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Copy the Factoid Address that is shown in the CMD window by selecting the text with your mouse then right click on the top bar then select Edit/Copy.

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Step #5 – Go to http://explorer.factom.org and paste your Factoid Address in the search bar.

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Step #6 – See your Factoid Balance.

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In other news
At the most basic level, Factom is a truth engine. We use math to prove existence. Factom is the mathematical area to prove the existence of digital data. In this spirit, we have chosen the integral with double stroke to represent our software licence. “⨎” is a mathematical symbol for integral and it’s great that it looks like a little “f” for Factoid.

New jobs at Factom
Working at Factom means being surrounded by colleagues who are dedicated to serving our community and having a lot of fun while we do it. Our work is about service, integrity, and joy. Building the world’s most honest systems takes a special type of person. If you think you would make a great fit for Factom, we have three spots open in Austin.

Front End Developer – Creative and artistic with Javascript skills, Web services, CSS, GUI development. Web development and Web application development. Austin-based is preferred.

Test Engineer – Able to dig into backend code, compare binary structures against specifications. Automated testing experience a plus. Ability to write scripts and understand command line tools. Able to use Linux, Windows, Mac. Austin-based required.

Engineer – C/C++, Java or Go, Go preferred. Multi-language experience preferred. Key-Value Databases like Bolt or Leveldb a plus. Understanding of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology a plus. Backend programming, Web Services, Networking. Degree and/or significant work experience required. Austin-based required.

If you believe you would make a great fit, please reach out.

Thanks for being an awesome and supportive community.

The Factom Foundation Team

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