Waku is the communication layer for Web3. Decentralized communication that scales. Private, secure, and it runs anywhere.

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What is Waku?

Waku has its origins in the Whisper protocol, but optimized for scalability and better usability

Waku removes centralized third parties from our messaging, enabling private, secure, censorship-free communication.

Waku is designed for generalized messaging, enabling both human-to-human or machine-to-machine communication.

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How does it work?

Waku v1 is a fork of Whisper that primarily improves scalability.

Waku v2 is a complete rewrite. Its relay protocol implements pub/sub over libp2p, and also introduces additional capabilities:

  • Retrieving historical messages for mostly-offline devices.
  • Adaptive nodes, allowing for heterogeneous nodes to contribute.
  • Bandwidth preservation for light nodes.

This makes it ideal for running a p2p protocol on mobile, or in other similarly resource restricted environments.

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Who is using Waku?

Waku Connect

The communication layer for Ethereum. A tech stack enabling decentralized communication between DApps and people.

Visit Waku Connect


Status is a secure messaging app, crypto wallet, and Web3 browser built with state of the art technology.

Visit Status


WalletConnect v2 is using Waku v2 for decentralized messaging infrastructure.

Visit WalletConnect


A nim implementation of the Waku v2 protocol. Reference client and flagship implementation.

Install nim-waku


A JS implementation to reach browser environments and optimized for interacting with Dapps.

Install js-waku


Subset of Waku v2 implemented to facilitate integration with Status mobile app.

Install go-waku

Run a Waku node

Remove centralized choke points from your communication and help decentralize the Waku Network by running your own node.

Node Quick Start Guide