Steem Keychain Update - Firefox Version Now Available!

in #utopian-io3 years ago

I'm finally getting around to a long overdue update post for the Steem Keychain browser extension. Thankfully, you don't have to wait for me to make a post to be able to take advantage of all of the great new features that have been added since the initial release over four months ago!

What is Steem Keychain?

Steem Keychain is a browser extension (a piece of software that adds additional functionality to your web browser) that allows you to securely store your Steem account keys, easily manage multiple accounts, and seamlessly interact with many of the apps built on the Steem platform.

When using a Steem-based site that has integrated with the Keychain extension, you no longer have to copy and paste your private keys into the website, which can be a serious security concern. Instead, the site will request that the Keychain extension use the appropriate key to sign and broadcast transactions on its behalf.


In addition to safeguarding your keys, Keychain has a few "key" features that make it really convenient for Steemians:

  • Manage multiple accounts in one place
  • Check your balances, voting mana, RC mana, transaction history, and more
  • Make transfers, power up/down, manage delegations and witness votes
  • View and manage custom tokens built on the Steem Engine platform
  • Seamlessly interact with many Steem-based apps without ever having to enter your private keys


While the extension is pretty useful on its own, it's made considerably more valuable by all of the Steem-based apps that have integrated with it. Here's a list of sites (off the top of my head) that have integrated the Steem Keychain extension. If there's a site that I forgot to mention (which I'm sure there are), please let me know in the comments and I'll edit the post and add it!

For those apps who have not integrated Keychain yet, what are you waiting for?! Keychain has already been installed by over 700 users, and with the Firefox version just released we expect that number to increase significantly.

Finally, we are pushing hard to get Steemit, Inc to integrate Keychain into which we believe would help with their published security values as we discussed in this post. After some discussions with @elipowell it sounds like this is something that they are open to doing after they finish with some of their current priorities.

Special thanks to @eonwarped for doing all of the development work to integrate the Steem Keychain extension into condenser. You can check out how that works here:

UPDATES - Firefox Version Now Available

Now let's get to the new stuff! I'll start off with the most exciting update, which is that the Keychain extension is now available as a Firefox add-on which you can get here:

Many, many people have requested this for a long time, and I'm sorry it has taken us so long to get it out...but the wait is over and we're excited to welcome all of our friendly Firefox fans into the Keychain Klub!

I should also note that the Google Chrome version can also be used in the Brave browser, for those of you who are more privacy focused! Just click the previous link to the Chrome version while in the Brave browser and then click "Add".

UPDATES - Steem Engine Tokens

As many of you already know, we have added support for custom tokens created on the Steem Engine platform to the extension. Now you can manage all of your tokens built on the Steem platform from one simple place just as easily as you currently do with your STEEM and SBD!

UPDATES - Other New Features

Here's a list of other new features which have been added since the initial launch:

  • Power up and down right from the extension
  • Manage your witness votes right from the extension
  • Manage your Steem Power delegations right from the extension
  • Added Voting Mana and Resource Credits
  • Added many new API calls for apps to use

Future Plans

Here are a few things the team would like to add to the extension in the future as time and resources allow. If there is something you don't see on this list that you would like to see added, please let us know!

  • Support for Safari, Opera, and Microsoft Edge browsers
  • Integrate with new account creation services such as Steem Ninja and Blocktrades
  • Allow claiming account creation tokens and creating accounts right from the extension

Thank You For Your Support

Finally, the Steem Keychain team (@aggroed, @stoodkev, and myself) would like to thank everyone for their support, praise, and constructive feedback on this project. We really feel that it was something that was sorely needed in the Steem ecosystem, and that it has made interacting with the quickly growing number of Steem-based apps much easier and more secure for users. We couldn't have done it without the support of the amazing community we have here on Steem!



I am always happy to see major updates from important open source Steem apps. As Utopian seeks to grow and expand, Steem remains our first home, and will always be our home, so developments such as this one are very welcome indeed.

The update itself is significant, and so are the hopes for future integration with While Keychain has already been adopted by hundreds, the potential for it is much greater. I think the multi-accounts angle is a powerful one. When it comes to security, I'm a layperson, so I don't fully understand the benefit of using Keychain over Steemconnect. But it is certainly a switch I'm willing to consider.

The post itself is well done. It is clear, well written, and well illustrated with screenshots. While it could be more detailed, it has the information it should have. I'm making it a staff pick for the Blog category.

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Having Steem Keychain for Chrome & Brave helped convince me to issue the tokens for the Crypto Class Action on Steem. Having Firefox is an extra bonus.
Looking forward to onboarding lots of Crypto people (class members in the class action) and non-crypto investors onto Steem!

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Awesome! Didn’t know the google one worked on Brave also! 💯

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Great, I'm someone who wanted a Firefox version! :)
It works fine so far, except that I think you need to test it on a laptop and smaller screen devices as some of the buttons and elements aren't fitting in to the bottom of the keychain popup window - they are getting cropped off.

BOOM! Brave browser is where it is at which I saw the note on it that it is support so awesome! Most likely going to be changing everything over to it here in the next week or two

I have been waiting for this! As a Firefox user, I am pleased to finally be able to add this awesome extension to my browser.

I was so very excited to use this extension, now that it supports Firefox. Then I tried to login for the first time, and noticed the very intuitive message (sarcasm) to enter your password. I assumed it meant my key, since no way could it mean my Steem password. After getting errors, I eventually realized that I maybe I have to set it up first. It doesn't have a simple if statement to detect if it hasn't been setup yet, and maybe either tell the user to do so, or go through the setup. So I go to do that, and it asks me to set a password. So I do my usual thing of making a long password that's a combo of multiple languages and numbers, and no, it requires an uppercase, lowercase, number, and special character. This flashed past way too quickly for me to read the first time btw.

How do you expect anyone to remember such a password? You do know that when you ask such things, it doesn't make it any more secure. The most secure passwords are long strings of uncommon words, perhaps with misspellings, numbers in places, etc. They can be easily remembered, but take forever to crack. A 8 character password with "special" characters is easier to brute force than something that's multiple words. Part of this is because many people do the exact same things when asked to put in capitals, special characters, and numbers. Password dictionaries are full of so called "secure" passwords.

It's better to do a simple check that the password isn't horrible insecure, like a word with a number at the end for example, or check it against a dictionary of passwords, and include a link to a video on how to make a secure password.

I'm disappointed.

But, congratulations on your update. You have a ton of features now. It's good that you now support more browsers, so more people can use it.

I guess I'll start using it when I can figure out a password that fits with your dumb requirements and I can actually remember while still being secure.

Understandable... may i suggest do your normal long password and just start with a capitol letter and end with an exclamation point. If you're doing your normal long secure password it should still work nicely. Or are you saying keychain doens't allow for over 8 characters?

It's also my understanding that you're just preventing someone who has physical access to your computer right?

This is exactly why it doesn't make it more secure. Everyone just starts with a capital and ends with a number and an exclaimation point or replaces i's with 1's, etc.

My point is that it doesn't make it more secure. In fact, it makes it less secure, and harder to remember. It means that when they do a dictionary attack, they can eliminate all entries without a capital or number or special character, testing less passwords.

You're preventing anyone that gets hold of your keychain password file or physical access. So, if you get hacked, or your computer stolen, or if you live with someone that's a dick.

Currently, not a ton of people use Steem, so the chances of your accounts getting compromised before you can change the passwords isn't huge. So the main problem is that it's annoying and has no useful purpose.

Good info for girls! And what's better Google Chrome or Firefox???

Firefox! comes without Google...

Definitely on the top of my to-do list now. I use firefox more often than other browsers, mainly due to sheer laziness to switch to anything new. The funny part is, I switched to chrome tonight after fleeing three Steem Monsters battle in a row on firefox. Grrr. It stopped happening on chrome. Then I saw your post on the firefox release. Nothing at all having to do with keychain since I have yet to install it. Now I can play eeny meeny miny mo with my browser selection. :)

Looking forward to the ease of having passwords and other cool features easily accessed. Thanks for the update!

Thank you very much for this continuing development of a great advance in security. I look forward to soon seeing it ported to my fav browser.

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I'm going to update @exhaust to utilize this as well.

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thanks for your rapid reply. not a firefox user at all but this actually makes me consider maybe even using it.. great thinking on what users want and need

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We need an unselect ALL tokens option... there's way too many crap tokens and unchecking them all is a pain.

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Looks like really exciting developments!
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Firefox user here; just installed it! :D

This is great news as I prefer firefox over chrome.

Keychain is already integrated on, a DTube fork, as well as my 3rd party DTube uploader

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This is highly interesting. We will be working on building our wallet out using fire fox ASAP :) Nice work @yabapmatt

nice work @yabapmatt. is there any way to make the key chain icon in the browser move, or change colour a little bit? my mother was not able to find it.

Hi @yabapmatt, I am unable to use this extension. After I create my keychain password, it asks for my account name and private key. I put in my account and posting key and then after I click Import Keys, nothing happens. Other times, it says “please check your username and try again”. No mistakes though.

Whats the problem?

The extension worked for me very well with @dtube . Thanks for creating such useful thing. It will be really easy for me to trust more apps now.

Awesome update! We are looking forward to add steem keychain to our app. We will update you once done.

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Hello @yabapmatt, I saw your contacts on Steem-engine and I wish to enquire about Steem Monsters Security Tokens (SMTT). Would you have more information on this please. Like T's and C's, general workings or any info that you are willing to share about it. I am not a whale investor, but I am looking to diversify my Steem portfolio. This with weekly purchases.

Thank you for your great work.


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Thank you and hope this can be implemented: Curently, keychain shows private key without further confirmation which can be dangerous. has integrated Keychain for signing tips for streamers.

Your site seems to have been hacked, I can get in for a few seconds, and have noticed I am over 10 million tpy down?

I can assure you that the site has not been hacked, and even if it were no one's funds would be at risk since the site is simply a front-end and does not deal with anyone's active keys.

It's possible however that there is a bug with how things are being displayed, so if you feel as though something is wrong please contact us in the Steem Engine Discord Server and we'll help you get it worked out.

Sorted it now with your buddy H, all good, next time though, I will screenshot it for you, though hoping there is no next time, though for a few minutes, I had 2000 eng, not 1. :-)

I installed the Keychain to Firefox (you said from v48, so I installed v49

I get a message at the top that the key has been copied to the clipboard...but nada, nothing copied there and unlike your image, it does not show my account name. How do I make it happen? I was given some tpy tokens and told to ask you if I do not know how to 'get' them. I've tried to work it out on my own, but no luck.

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Hi @yabapmatt, I installed this on firefox, but when I tried to add PAL tokens, the keychain doesn't appear to be able to do that. This is what my keychain looks like in firefox:
As you can see, it is cut off at the bottom, where there's some writing that I cannot see. You can also see the 6th Token, the Steem Engine one, is cut off, suggesting the list continues going downward, but there is no way that I can scroll down the list to find the PAL token, which is what I need to check so it will collect PAL tokens for me. The keychain is fixed in this position on firefox 67.0.2 (64-bit), the latest version, and won't scroll to choose other tokens.

Any help you can give me would be appreciated, as I can't use it for PAL at this point since I can't scroll down to put a check mark in it.

I don't think you need to check the tokens, it will just have them all checked by default and will show whatever tokens you have a balance of when you click "tokens".

OK, thanks @yabapmatt - that makes sense. I guess I was thinking that we'd have to see if they were checked, but it sounds like it will still collect them regardless, when they are sent to me.

Thanks also for the swift answer!

How about mobile users?So far I was not able to use it. I also do not see a link how to do it

Just installed Keychain in my Brave browser. What a wonderful product! Kudos!!!

Hello! Where can I learn about using SteemKey on the server side for my website?

Hi @leprechaun, Steem Keychain is purely a client-side tool. Feel free to reach out to me on Discord if you need help integrating your site/project with Steem.

So, I put the chrome version(?) on my Brave Browser, then tried to vote for you as witness like it says on the bottom. Got this, thought you should know:

We can't use steem keychain properly in China.We need a foreign network to use it properly.I hope you can improve it.To improve the use of Chinese users.

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