Bitcoin Ordinals creator Casey Rodarmor pitches BRC-20 alternative ‘Runes’

The inventor of Bitcoin Ordinals is proposing a new Bitcoin-based fungible token protocol as a potential alternative to the BRC-20 token standard.

The BRC-20 standard was launched in March by anonymous developer “Domo.” Within two months, the BRC-20 market cap reached $1 billion, with PEPE and ORDI among the most notable BRC-20 tokens created on Bitcoin.

New terrible idea just dropped: Runes.

A worse-is-better fungible token protocol for Bitcoin.

— Casey (@rodarmor) September 25, 2023

BRC-20 enables the minting and transfer of fungible tokens via the Ordinals protocol on Bitcoin. But the issue with BRC-20 tokens is that they spam Bitcoin with “junk” unspent transaction outputs, or UTXOs, argues Rodarmor.

BRC-20 tokens have the “undesirable consequence of UTXO proliferation,” he explained in a Sept. 25 blog post, proposing Runes as a UTXO-based alternative.

“Protocols that are UTXO-based fit more naturally into Bitcoin and promote UTXO set minimization by avoiding the creation of ‘junk’ UTXOs.”

TLDR on Runes – A potential fungible token protocol for Bitcoin


– Casey remains skeptical, citing “99.9% are scams and memes,” but recognises they don’t appear to be going away.
– Employs a UTXO-based system, notably simpler than BRC-20.
– Uses the letter ‘R’ in the…

— Franken (@ItsFranken) September 25, 2023

“If this protocol had a small on-chain footprint and encouraged responsible UTXO management, it might serve as harm reduction compared to existing protocols,” Rodarmor added.

UTXOs represent the amount of cryptocurrency left in a wallet following a completed transaction, where the balance is used in subsequent transactions and is stored in the UTXO database.

Bitcoin’s UTXO model plays a role in making Bitcoin an auditable and transparent ledger by preventing the double-spending problem.

Rodarmor said other fungible token protocols on Bitcoin, such as Really Good for Bitcoin, Counterparty and Omni Layer, have problems of their…..

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