Will the Monero command line daemon/wallet programs still be available after the release of the official GUI?

Will Monerod will be blended in similarly to how bitcoin core node/wallet is?


Will command line still be available after the release of the official GUI?

Yes, it will. As far as I know, there will be support for both in the future. Thus, you will have monero-wallet-cli, which is the command line wallet, and monero-wallet-gui, which will be the GUI wallet.

Will Monerod will be blended in similarly of what bitcoin core node/wallet is?

In the future, yes, see the feature request opened here. For now, however, monero-wallet-gui will be a separate binary that has to run alongside monerod. However, the GUI has a progress bar that shows the syncing status of monerod. Thus, new users would only have to open monerod and let it sync. They can monitor the progress in monero-wallet-gui.

Note that monero-wallet-gui might not be the official naming, but I used it in this answer for convenience.

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    I for one would like to retain the ability to run wallet and node separately. Oct 12 '16 at 16:45
  • I think I misunderstood - I was thinking you meant that you would have to run wallet and node simultaneously from the same executable, but after thinking about it I'm pretty sure you meant you can run either one from the same executable. Oct 12 '16 at 16:51
  • Correct. In the future there will probably also be an option to run them simultaneously from the same executable. However, I think there will always be support for separate executables, because in that case you can run multiple wallets with one daemon, which is quite convenient.
    – dEBRUYNE
    Oct 12 '16 at 16:53
  • Yes. But if they were combined in one executable, you could still do that. Oct 12 '16 at 16:56
  • Only if it wouldn't launch another daemon when one is already up and running.
    – dEBRUYNE
    Oct 12 '16 at 17:08

Yes, the command line wallet will be available.

In the near future, a RPC wallet daemon will still be needed, and this is currently the same binary used by the command line wallet.

Moreover, it is much easier to add/change features without having to bother with GUI changes at the same time.

Additionally, it means the wallet can be used via ssh, or X-less systems.

Last, it will stay maintained as long as at least one coder keeps on maintaining it, and this is likely to be a long time. However, I could totally see some features being GUI only: for instance integrated QR code generation and recognition (not saying this will be in the GUI, but rather being unsuited for a command line wallet).

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