What is KILT?

KILT is an open-source fat blockchain protocol for issuing claim-based verifiable, revocable, and anonymous credentials in the Web 3.0. It allows end users to claim arbitrary attributes about themselves, get them attested by trusted entities, and store the claims as self-sovereign credentials (certificates). As trusted entities can issue credentials in return for money, KILT aims to foster new business models for anyone who owns trust or wants to build up trust.

How do BOTLabs and KILT relate?

BOTLabs is a Berlin-based blockchain company that is currently developing KILT Protocol. BOTLabs is owned by Ingo Rübe and the German Publisher Hubert Burda Media. Swiss Publisher Ringier also holds shares in BOTLabs.

What do I need to do if I want to use KILT?

You can use the KILT network right away. The easiest way to access the KILT Blockchain is via the KILT SDK. You can find the documentation and a short introduction here.

Is it really free?

The KILT Protocol is licensed under a commonly used license model for open-source software. Using the software of the reference implementations and using the principals of the protocol will not be charged. However, anyone is free to develop applications on top of the KILT Protocol and license them in exchange for money or offer paid services on top of the KILT Protocol. It will also be possible to earn KILT Coins by offering services like attestations with the KILT Protocol. Offering such services is a business model for Attesters. Neither BOTLabs nor the KILT Foundation will charge any fees to anyone using the KILT Protocol software.

What’s the BOTLabs business model?

BOTLabs will keep a certain small percentage of all KILT Coins. If the value of the KILT Coin increases over time, BOTLabs will sell parts of their shares. BOTLabs may also offer paid services on top of KILT or conduct implementation projects.

Can I already buy KILT Coins?

No. The KILT Coins will not be publicly sold or minted before Q4/2020. Please keep in touch to receive updates. The current Testnet (Mash Net) has Mash Coins, which is play money without value. You can generate a public key in the Demo Client and use our Faucet to obtain for Mash Coins. With these Mash Coins you can use all features of the Demo Client and the Mash Net.

I need KILT in my organisation. How do I proceed?

If you have an internal IT department, you will probably not need any help. KILT features an easy-to-use JavaScript SDK which makes it easy to generate success. If you do not have an IT department, or yours is busy right now, or you need help in shaping the product or project, you can either turn to us or contact one of our Certified KILT Integrators.

I want to become a System Integrator. What do I need to do?

First of all: get in touch with us through a phone call (+49 30 2123 2827) or info@kilt.io – we will start the process together with you. For becoming a Certified KILT Integrator, we will ask you to show us some work already done on KILT. Our Core Team will conduct a code review and we will ask for a short interview with one customer of yours you met in a project situation. Certified Integrators will be listed on the KILT website.

Is KILT running on Ethereum? And will the KILT Coin be an ERC20 Token?

No. KILT is based on Parity Substrate (parity.io). KILT will have a native Blockchain and a native Coin.

Is there a demo application where I can test my business idea?

Yes! With our demo applications you can simulate the role of the Attester, Claimer and Verifier using the real blockchain. 1.) You can already use our open-source mobile wallet app for Claimers and customise it to your needs! 2.) You can use it alongside our demo-client to emulate a Claimer-Attester-Verifier flow.
We’re currently working on making it easier for you to configure the demo mobile wallet to fit your use case, especially your cType. Even better: we’re implementing two companion apps for the demo mobile wallet, one for Attesters and one for Verifiers, so you can demo the whole flow. All three sample apps will be completely open source.

Is there a blockchain explorer which I can use for debugging and can I have access to the telemetry of the KILT Blockchain?

Telemetry is great to get an overview of the network and the Chain Explorer is helpful to take a look at transactions and events.

Can I install a KILT full node myself?

You can, but you don’t need to. We’ve deployed full nodes for you to use. If you wish to run a full node and connect to Mash Net (our current KILT Blockchain testnet), our codebase is open source and available here.

Can I clone KILT Protocol and run a permissioned blockchain?

Yes, similarly to how you do it when you fork the open-source Bitcoin, Ethereum, etc. codebases and start your own chain. But this way you will be outside the KILT Token-based security and trust ecosystem.

How can I become an Attester?

You have to gain trust in the real world, figure out what your cType (Credential Type) is and then build an Attester business. Basically anyone can become an Attester by integrating the KILT SDK into their business processes.

How much will a transaction cost?

We aim to have clearly predictable transaction costs (e.g. ~ 0.05 – 0.15 € per transaction) so that businesses can anticipate costs in advance and be enabled to build on KILT. This topic is still under substantial research and our future White Papers will definitely go into details about it.

How and when can I become a KILT Validator and how and when is that possible?

If we change to Proof of Stake and you decide to become a validator, you spin up a validator node. You won’t be able to do this before Proof of Authority changes to Proof of Stake which is not planned before the end of 2020.

Is there a mobile wallet?

Yes! We provide a demo mobile wallet that we named Sporran ( (/ˈspɒrən/) – the Scottish Gaelic word for “purse”). It is open source with a BSD-4-Clause license. You can install it directly on your device or first customise it by checking out the code. Note that you might need to set up an Apple Developer Programme account.