Nxt client interface
Using the Web Interface
This page describes the official (web-based) client interface and features, the layout has been designed to be easy to navigate and is similar to using online banking.
The client window is organized into three main areas:
- The Header Bar [Default blue]
- The Sidebar Menu [Default light grey]
- The Display Area
The Header Bar
The blue bar at the top of the Nxt client interface is the header bar, with the following items available:
Show Menu - Click this button to toggle visibility of the side menu. Shown as 3 horizontal lines.
Send NXT - Clicking this button opens a new window which allows you to send NXT to other accounts.[How to Send Nxt]
Send Message - Clicking this button opens a new window which allows you to send a message to other accounts.
Generate Token - Clicking this button opens a new window which allows you to create a Token. A Token proves to a 3rd party that you own or control a specific Nxt account without divulging your password.
Settings - Click this button will show the client settings, including display theme options.
Log Out - Clicking this button will log you out of the client. This icon is displayed on the far right.
The Sidebar Menu
This is the main menu of the client, most of these buttons will change what is shown in the display area.
No Name Set - Clicking on this will open up a new window which allows you to assign a name to your account, once set this will show your account name instead.
Account ID - Clicking on this will show a pop up box giving you options allowing you to copy your account number to the clipboard. Starting in software version 1.1.3, the numeric account format has been changed to Reed-Solomon format by default (the account address starting with NXT- ) which provides higher security against typing mistakes. You still can use both address formats, but the new format is recommended.
Not Forging - Clicking on this will enable/disable forging.
The Search Box - Allows you to to search for Account ID, Transaction ID or block ID. Simply enter the ID you wish to search for and click the magnifying glass or press enter.
Dashboard - This is the home page that is shown when the client is started.
Transactions - Shows all Nxt sent and received from your account, including fees.
Asset Exchange - Opens the decentralised marketplace of Nxt in the display area, as well as opening a sub menu in the side bar.
Contacts - Shows all contacts previously added. Click 'Add Contact' to locally assign a name, email address and description to a Nxt account ID, these details cannot be viewed by anybody else.
Messages - Allows you to send and received private messages to any other Nxt account, messages will to shown in a conversation format in the display area.
Aliases - Shows a summary in the display area of all Aliases previously set. An Alias is a string of text that can be assigned to another entry, one main use to to assign a name to your account.
Polls - Opens the voting system in the display area. This feature is currently only available on the test Client.
Blocks - This button displays information about the blockchain in the display area. More information on this feature is shown below.
Peers - This button displays information about other nodes on the network that are processing transactions in the display area. More information on this feature is shown below.
News This button shows relevant Nxt news topics from various forums, blogs and websites.
The Dashboard is the homepage of the web client, and shows a summary of the client features.
Account Balance - The blue icon at the top left of the display area shows the number of NXT that you currently have in your account [The blockchain has to fully downloaded before this will be 100% accurate, so please be patient if you believe the balance isn't correct]. Clicking on 'More info' opens up a new window that shows additional information about your account, and also gives the opportunity to lease the forging power of your account to another.
Forged Balance - The green icon at the top of the display area shows the amount of NXT forged by your account. The term "forging" is used in Nxt to describe the processing of transactions into blocks which are then added to the blockchain. The account that forges a block receives the transaction fees from all the transactions included in the block as a reward. The higher your effective account balance (the amount of NXT in your balance that has received at least 1440 confirmations from the network) the more likely you are to forge a block and therefore receive the reward.
Assets Owned - The orange icon at the top of the display area shows the number of assets in your possession, this includes the assets you issued and those you obtained through trading. Clicking on 'More info' takes you to the My Assets page of the Asset Exchange. Asset Exchange Wiki
NRS Version - The red icon at the top right of the display area shows what version of the 'Nxt Reference Software' is running. Clicking on 'More info' opens up a new window that shows additional information about the software, and also gives you the opportunity to update the software.
Recent Transactions - The left area at the bottom of the display area shows a summary of your recent transactions. See the transactions section below for more information.
Recent Blocks - The right area at the bottom of the display area shows a summary of recent blocks generated in the network. To understand what blocks are please see the blocks section below.
Transactions are anything that causes your Account to interact with the Nxt Blockchain. As examples these include sending/receiving Nxt, sending messages and asset exchange fees [however not purchases or sales in the Asset Exchange]. Interactions with the Nxt Blockchain require that a Transaction Fee is paid and this can only be paid in NXT.
Transaction ID - Everytime a transaction is made it is given a unique identification number. You are able to click on the transaction for more information.
Date - The date and time that the transaction was processed.
Type - The type category of that specific transaction.
Amount - The amount of NXT that sent/received. Transactions that aren't NXT transfers will show as 0.
Fee - The amount that was charged.
Account - The other Nxt account involved in the transaction with you.
Confirmations - A transaction included in a block is said to be confirmed once. Any successive block in the blockchain will give an additional confirmation. A transaction is considered reliable after 10 confirmations.
Asset Exchange is the decentralised marketplace of Nxt. It is where any any asset, digital or physical, can be traded peer to peer without the need for a centralised third party. The Asset Exchange concept is often generally referred to as Coloured Coins in the cryptocurrency world.
See Asset Exchange Wiki for more information.
Contacts allow you to assign extra information to Nxt accounts to make it easier to identify and find those accounts in future.
Clicking Add Contact in the top right will open up a new window that allows you to enter the details you want.
Contacts are saved locally in your internet browser. Therefore if you empty your browser's cache your previously saved contacts will disappear. Also use of the client in a 'incognito' or 'private window' mode will mean that they aren't saved.
The messaging feature allows you to send text messages direct to other Nxt accounts, in a similar way to email.
Messages are shown using a conversation approach, with the modern visual appearance of instant messaging on smart phones and tablets. Your various conversations can be selected on the left pane, and are shown in the right pane.
To send messages you will have to enter your account's secret phrase, and also pay the minimum fee.
The Alias System feature of Nxt essentially allows one piece of text to be substituted for another, so that keywords or keyphrases can be used to represent other things – names, telephone numbers, physical addresses, web sites, account numbers, email addresses, product SKU codes... almost anything you can think of.
Clicking on 'Register Alias' opens up a new window, that lets you choose what type of Alias you would like to assign.
This area displays information about the blockchain. The blockchain represents the full history of transactions on the Nxt network, and each block in the chain can contain up to 255 transactions. Nodes on the Nxt network compete to create these blocks through a process called "forging" (known in other crypto-currencies as "mining"), and once a block has been added to the blockchain it helps document and reinforce every transaction on the network. Blocks are forged once per minute.
Height - Block height, or block number. Each block in the blockchain is numbered sequentially, so the higher the number, the more recent the block. You can click on this number to view more information in a pop up window.
Date - The date and time that the block was generated. The exact time will be expressed in the same time zone as the system time on your server.
Amount - The number of coins included in the block. This is the number of coins sent exclusive of the fee charged.
Fee - The number of coins used for transaction fees. All transaction fees are given to the account that generated the block.
Nr Tx - The number of transactions included in the block. Since blocks are generated once per minute, it is possible for this number to be zero.
Generator - The account number that generated this block. In Nxt, new blocks are forged by active accounts. When an account successfully generates a block, all of the fees included in that block are given to the generator. This is part of the "forging" process.
Payload - The size (in bytes) of the payload for the block (i.e. the size of all of the transactions in the block, combined)
Base Target - The block target, expressed in percent. This figure represents the proportion of ALL Nxt that were active at the time this block was generated. For example, a value of 400% means that one quarter (or 100/400) of all coins were active when this block was formed. The higher this number is, the better chance your account had of forging that block.
This area displays information about other nodes on the network that are processing transactions.
Address - The address of the node. A green tick signifies that you are currently connected to the node listed, a cross signifies the node is disconnected.
Weight - Provides a value for the weight of the node.
Downloaded - Amount of data (in bytes) downloaded by this node in the current session.
Uploaded - Amount of data (in bytes) uploaded by this node in the current session.
Application - The version of the server software running on this node.
Platform - The platform running the node, shown as the client name or operating system.
This section provides a summary of all Nxt news topics from various forums, blogs and websites.
Clicking on the news heading will open up the relevant article in a new tab of your browser.