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ARK adheres to standard versioning that using the Semver model:

  • MAJOR: 2.0.0 was the initial non-backwards compatible release on the Mainnet.
  • MINOR: 2.x.0 will add new functionality and cover bigger changes and new features that introduce higher end impacts (2.1.0, 2.2.0, …).
  • PATCH: 2.0.x will be backwards-compatible bug fixes, minor improvements and small additional features (2.0.1, 2.0.11, …).


The official changelog of ARK Core is hosted in the core repository.


Core is released in 2 different channels via npm to have different versions for devnet and mainnet during development.


This channel targets the next minor or major release and is used for devnet releases which means it receives regular updates as development goes on.


This channel targets the stable version of core and receives updates when bug fixes or security patches are needed. Outside of those cases there will usually only be updates once development on a current version of the next channel has been completed.


During the development of 2.2.0 there were the channels alpha, beta and rc as a lot of testing had to be done before going public with the switch from using a git repository to providing a CLI. From 2.3.0 onwards the next channel will serve as a combination of all of the aforementioned.

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