Rotki - the local first portfolio management tool that protects your privacy

Project Name

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The name of the project is rotki!

Project Description

rotki is a fully opensource (copyleft - AGPL) portfolio tracking, accounting & management tool. It’s a local first solution to a problem we all have. When you use 5 CEXes, 4 chains and 12 protocols … what do you own and where is it? What have you done in crypto over the last years? How can you account for it? Did you have profit? Loss etc. rotki answers all these questions. The project aims to empower crypto user with the tools they need to efficiently track, analyze, and manage their crypto assets. Some key features of Rotki include:

  • Local and Open-Source: Rotki is a local application that runs on users’ computers, ensuring data privacy and control. It is released under the AGPLv3 license, making it open source and allowing anyone to inspect, modify, and contribute to the codebase.

  • Multi-Blockchain and Exchange Support: Rotki supports multiple blockchain networks, including Ethereum, Bitcoin, Kusama, Polkadot, Avalanche, and various centralized cryptocurrency exchanges like Kraken, Coinbase, and Binance. It aggregates data from these sources, providing users with a holistic view of their cryptocurrency holdings.

  • Portfolio Tracking: Users can monitor their cryptocurrency portfolios, view historical performance, and generate profit and loss reports for tax purposes. Rotki simplifies the process of keeping track of assets across multiple platforms.

  • Future Plans for Active Management: Rotki’s future plans include expanding its capabilities to enable users to actively manage their portfolios from within the application. This may include features like smart order routing for optimized trading execution and the ability to run market-neutral trading bots.

Classification as a public good

Rotki exhibits several characteristics that make it suitable for classification as a public good:

  • Open Source: Being 100% open source under the AGPLv3 license means that Rotki is freely accessible to the public. Anyone can use, modify, and redistribute the software, contributing to the development of a transparent and collaborative ecosystem.

  • Data Privacy and Sovereignty: Rotki’s emphasis on data privacy and local storage aligns with the principles of a public good. It allows users to maintain control over their data, enhancing their digital sovereignty.

  • Accessibility: By providing a free and open-source solution for cryptocurrency portfolio tracking, Rotki promotes accessibility to financial tools for a wide range of users.

  • Community-Driven Development: Rotki encourages community participation in its development, fostering a sense of shared ownership and collaboration among users and developers. What’s more multiple people and users are building on top of rotki. Some latest example are:

  • Future Expansion for Active Management: As Rotki evolves to support active portfolio management and trading automation, it may further democratize access to advanced financial tools, potentially benefiting a broader audience.

In summary, rotki is an open-source cryptocurrency portfolio management application that aligns with the principles of a public good by promoting accessibility, data privacy, community-driven developments. Its evolution and expansion could potentially provide valuable financial tools to a wide range of users in the cryptocurrency space, further justifying its classification as a public good.

Main Project Funding Sources

rotki has multiple different funding sources. It’s an opensource tool and as such trying to find the sweet spot of making enough funds to sustain the project. We have a premium subscription mode that adds extra nice to have features such as dark mode, backup of your encrypted database and higher limits. Our funding generally comes from the following sources listed by descrending order of impact (funding amounts):

  • Grants from various projects that help fund integrations with their protocol, chain etc.
  • Donations from our community
  • Premium subscription revenue

Seeking project-specific funding or funding for general operations

General operations. All funding will go exclusively for continuous development of rotki’s features and maintenance of existing code. Basically paying our developers.

Team Information, including backgrounds and roles

Lefteris Karapetsas - founder. Links: LefterisJP (Lefteris Karapetsas) · GitHub & https://twitter.com/lefterisjp

Short bio:

  • In Ethereum since 2014
  • Worked in the Ethereum Foundation. Solidity compiler and C++ ethereum client.
  • Built the DAO (sorry)
  • Dev lead at Raiden
  • Founder of rotki

Then a team of 7 more people:

Social Credibility (development progress, awards, notable GitHub commits, referrals):

The project has been around and kicking for more than 6 years.

https://twitter.com/lefterisjp
https://twitter.com/rotkiapp

We have received various grants and awards over the years and spoken in many conferences. Latest of which was dappcon Berlin 2 days ago. For more details you can check either our Twitter/discord or dive into our Github. We just made a release last night.

Discord contact: lefterisjp

Eligibility criteria

  • Do you have a commitment to open-source (i.e. every open-source license accepted by the Open-Source Initiative) technology and sharing results publicly?:
    YES!!! Everything 100% opensource. We have actually had to spend money in legal fees to defend our opensource code from being forked and used by closed source projects here in Berlin. rotki lives and breathes opensource.
  • Have you provided transparency about how exactly funding will be used?:
    Yes. It will all be used for development. That means paying the salaries of the team. Some of them are even on-chain so can be checked by looking at our public address (rotki.eth).
  • Are you advancing values of freedom and privacy (no surveillance and handling of personal data)?:
    That’s the very reason rotki was built. To manage and do accounting for your data in a local-first privacy preserving manner. Let’s all stop using SaaS for when we handle our most sensitive data, providing fuel to the next big hacker honeypot.
  • Are you supporting decentralization in various fields (for example building Web3 projects)?:
    Yes. rotki is a true dapp. Not a centrallized SaaS app masquerading as “web3” because it somehow has an obscure crypto connection.
  • Have you provided social media channels to the extent that we can confirm social proof of your project?: yes
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We at rotki are excited to provide an update a month after having received funding from Octant.

First of all, a very big thank you to everyone who voted for us and helped us continue on our quest to build opensource tools that enable you to own your data and protect your privacy :pray:

What we worked on since the grant payment

We made two releases, 1.31.0 and 1.31.1. The first one being probably the biggest release we have ever made containing 444 commits from 22 different contibutors. For more details check the links above but the feature highlights are:

:owl: Gnosis chain support
🇧 Base chain support
:art: UI redesign
:red_circle: Velodrome protocol
:books: Accounting rules customizability
🇼 Support for Woo centralized exchange
:arrow_double_up: Users will be able to export a CSV of history events directly from the history view. Filters also applied!!

What’s on the roadmap

We are now working on bugfixes found by the users which should be released before the new year in 1.31.2. And working on 1.32.0, our next big release coming next year with support for new exchanges, more protocols and a lot of improvements. Can see more in the milestone: 1.32.0 Milestone · GitHub

Usage of funds

All funds we received in the previous epoch, along with any future funds are spent on the same thing. Paying salaries of our developers to they can keep building. We are also looking for people in order to expand the team.

A new developer has joined the team in December, though we had to let some people go to keep the team lean and performant.

Grant donations/funding

Since the last epoch we have gotten funding from:

  • Gitcoin grants: $~3k in the infra round. The matching amount is still to be determined.
  • 0.3 ETH * 2 from two participations ENS small grants
  • Have applied for ENS large grants. No result yet.
  • Participated in Optimism RPGF, no result yet.
  • Got awarded (but not paid out) an arbitrum grant of 40k $ARB. It’s a milestone based grant, tied on development of arbitrum protocol integrations and will be paid out once completed.

These sound be our grant/donations income and activity since the last epoch if memory serves.

Other sources of funding

rotki has a premium subscription tier on top of the free OSS code. From there we get different amounts per month as revenue, depending on the number of active paying users at the time.

In November this was ~3.5k EUR.


Keep in mind that all of these sources of funding, including Octant grant carry tax obligation for us which is very roughly ~30-35% in Germany for companies.

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We at rotki are excited to provide an update before the start of Epoch 3!

First of all, a very big thank you to everyone who voted for us in Epoch 2 and helped us continue on our quest to build opensource tools that enable you to own your data and protect your privacy :pray:

What we worked on since the grant payment

We made 4 releases!

  • 1.31.2. This one fixes various bugs found since 1.31.1 and responding to bittrex and coinbase unannounced API changes.
  • 1.31.3. This one is the first release of 2024! Fixes bugs found since 1.31.2, most important of which was making the NFT detection work again. Also some small performance improvements and small features.
  • 1.32.0. This one is a huge release containing months of work and356 commits from 17 different contributors! The highlights are as follows:
    • :euro: Monerium support - EVM transactions decorated with SEPA transfer data
    • :fr: rotki is now translated in French - you can change the language from the settings
    • 🇵 Paraswap support - all swaps properly decoded
    • :cut_of_meat: Ethereum staking - big revamp in the staking page. Also ability to use your own beacon node.
    • :parachute: Airdrops rework - data will be pulled remotely so we can add new airdrops without releasing. Starknet airdrop is now added.
    • 🇧 Bybit support - The Bybit exchange is now supported. Balances in Bybit will be tracked and your trades, deposit/withdrawals pulled.
    • :flight_departure: Aerodrome support - Base chain support for Aerodrome is now active. All pool balances detected and transactions decoded.
    • :fox_face: Metamask swaps - All metamask swaps should be now properly decoded
    • :dagger: Kill long running tasks - If a task is taking too long you can now cancel it by clicking the “X” button
  • 1.32.1. A release with bugfixes found by our users since 1.32.0. Most important fixes are regarding airdrops, starknet and also this adds the DEGEN airdrop.

What’s on the roadmap

We are now working on two releases simultaneously.

  • 1.32.2, a bugfixes release to fix bugs found by the users in the past weeks. More details here
  • 1.33.0, our next big feature release. Many big things coming there such as frontend and UI improvements, ZKSync lite, matcha/0x support and more!. More details here.

Usage of funds

All funds we received in the previous epoch, along with any future funds are spent on the same thing. Paying salaries of our developers to they can keep building. We are also looking for people in order to expand the team.

No new developers have joined the team since the last update. Hiring with limited resources is quite hard.

Grant donations/funding

Since the last epoch we have gotten funding from:

  • Gitcoin grants: $10k matching from the infra round, mentioned in the last post. This is the matching amount of the same round.
  • Got an ENS large grant. First payment is $20k. Remaining for next milestones are 30k$ for a total of $50k grant payment.
  • Optimism RPGF results are in. We got awarded 149,068 $OP. They started streaming in the middle of February via a vested stream and will be paid out (stream will end) in the middle of May.

These should be our grant/donations income and activity since the last epoch if memory serves.

Other sources of funding

rotki has a premium subscription tier on top of the free OSS code. From there we get different amounts per month as revenue, depending on the number of active paying users at the time.

In February this was ~4k EUR.


Keep in mind that all of these sources of funding, including Octant grant carry tax obligation for us which is very roughly ~30-35% in Germany for companies.

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Thanks for sharing, Lefteris :slight_smile:
I understand that usage of funds will mostly be the same for rotki for each update so it’s great that you dive into extra detail in the work and procress rotki has had going on.

rotki has a premium subscription tier on top of the free OSS code. From there we get different amounts per month as revenue, depending on the number of active paying users at the time.

In February this was ~4k EUR.

That’s a neat alternative source of funding, you’re the only project accessing this within the projects on Octant as far as I’m aware. Nice one!