New Raiden WebUI Released

All new Raiden WebUI Released

Along with the release of Alderaan the Raiden team also wanted to give the WebUI a visual overhaul. This overhaul has now been finished and we’re happy to announce the all new Raiden WebUI. The WebUI is a graphical interface for the Raiden client that makes interacting with Raiden easy and intuitive. The Ethereum mainnet version of Raiden as well as the testnet versions are supported. It serves the purpose of making the barrier of entry low for new users interested in understanding and trying out Raiden. If you’re trying out Raiden for the first time, it is strongly recommended to give the new WebUI a try. Starting at version 1.1.0, Raiden comes with the new WebUI by default and can be downloaded here.

What’s new?

Those who remember the first version of the WebUI might remember that design and user experience weren’t the main priorities. With the new version these things have a higher priority and the whole experience should be significantly improved. If you try out the WebUI and experience any issues or stumble upon something that isn’t intuitive, please don’t hesitate to open an issue with your feedback.

New design

Significant efforts were put into redesigning the entire application. As can be seen above, the design is now more streamlined and simplified. This should help make it easier for the user to understand and use Raiden.

Home screen

The home screen is now a central point from where a convenient overview of transaction history, contacts and token balances can be obtained. Naturally, making transfers has a prominent location on the home screen.

The search field

The search field allows the user to search for a token network, an address or ENS of another user or a contact name The current screen will then adjust its content based on the context in the search field.

Notifications

The notifications panel has been completely reworked and notifications are now more clean and simple. Clicking the bell in the top right corner opens the notifications panel. It’s been made easy to see pending actions as well as completed actions in separate views. Notifications can be removed individually or the “clear” button can be used to clear out all notifications.

The sidebar

In addition to the home screen there are four other screens that can be accessed from the sidebar in the left side. They are all quite self explanatory, but we will go over them below in order to cover what they are.

Channels screen

This screen gives an overview of currently open channels. It is possible to filter to only show channels for a specific token network. For each channel shown in the overview, it’s possible to “deposit”, “withdraw” and “close channel”. Should a user wish to open a channel with a specific partner, this can also be done from here with the “New channel” button.

Contacts screen

An overview of all contacts is available here. Clicking a contact lets the user choose to make a transfer to the specific contact, edit the contact or delete the contact. It is also possible to export all contacts and import contacts in case a user is migrating to a new device.

Transfers screen

This screen provides an overview of all incoming and outgoing transfers. As with the other screens it’s also possible to sort in order to only show the history for a specific token network. Naturally, functionality to initiate transfers is also present on this screen.

About screen

Here some general information about versions and copyright is available. From the About screen, one can copy the information of the environment in which Raiden runs. This can be useful in regards to debugging if a bug occurs.

Shut down

As something entirely new, in order for users to not have to interact with Raiden through a terminal if they don’t feel comfortable doing so, a “shut down” button that stops the Raiden node without the need to manually stop the process has also been added as a new feature.

Conclusion

Hopefully this quick run through gives a good understanding of what the new WebUI brings. We do encourage everyone to try it out themselves together with the latest Alderaan release and discover all the possibilities that the WebUI offers. If you’re entirely new to Raiden, the Raiden Wizard is a very good starting point and it comes with the new WebUI by default. As mentioned above, feedback of any kind is very appreciated and please don’t hesitate to contact us or open an issue!

Stay tuned for more content in the future, e.g. about the upcoming light client release and the dApp built on top of it.

All the best,

The Raiden Team

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