Esteem FAQ updated


This post will be kept up to date with new information and will be used inside app to help users find answers to their questions.

What is Esteem?

Esteem is a blockchain based mobile social application - powered by Hive. It was initiated and founded by @good-karma in August 2016 as an alternative interface. Since then project has grown to much larger list of contributors.

What is Hive?

Hive is a blockchain-based social media platform where anyone can earn rewards. The Hive blockchain not only holds a cryptocurrency token called HIVE, but also content created by its users, a system to vote on that content, and many other features you would find on popular social networking sites.


What's the difference between Esteem and other Hive interfaces?

The primary difference between Esteem and other interfaces are in features they each offer.
Esteem offers social experience where you can share any type of content, pictures, quick thoughts, short status updates from your mobile device through app; while most other interfaces encourages users to create longer blog posts/articles with an emphasis on reading. There are a lot more feature set differences which you can find some of them below or under #esteem-features tag.


Why would I choose Esteem over other interfaces?

The main reason is Esteem more suitable for mobile and desktop standalone app experience. Of course it really depends on your personal preferences but some of the features that stands out are:

  • Drafts
  • Bookmarks
  • Scheduling posts
  • Multiple accounts
  • Push notifications
  • In-app picture uploads
  • Quicker funds transfer
  • 50+ languages
  • 10+ currencies to view rewards in
  • Different nodes connection setup when network experiencing high loads you can still access and use the server easily).

Using Esteem

How does Esteem work?

Esteem reads the same blockchain as other interfaces, and thus the same posts, from the Hive blockchain.

How do I sign-in?

You can sign-in to Esteem by using your Account Name and Master/Main password or by using Posting and Active Private Key from the blockchain. You can use QR scanning from Advanced login option to quickly copy your private keys from your computer. If you need assistance finding your posting private key, check out this guide.

Can I create an account on Esteem?

Yes, please go to to create an account.


When I vote or post on Esteem, what does that do on Hive?

Every action on either Esteem or other interface is performed on the Hive blockchain - and in turn - on all apps powered by it. Consider them all as a wrappings or clients for Hive database (e.g. like Facebook has it's official mobile clients as well as lots of unofficial with additional options).
For example - you can read a post on Esteem, which was written by someone on HiveBlog or Peakd and reply to it through Esteem, and then someone from hiveblog could respond to you.
There are number of different apps all powered by the Hive blockchain that create one massive community of users.

Is Esteem application free to use?

Esteem application is provided for free and can be download from Apple AppStore and Google PlayStore as well as Desktop, and there is a beneficiaries reward split where 3% of your post and comment rewards shared with Esteem project. These funds are used for further development of the application and continue to bring services for its users. Part of these funds are allocated for notification server, image hosting and other service costs. Esteem also runs encouragement, spotlight and translation programs where anyone can earn extra reward by participating. Those rewards are also part of these expenses.

How does the rewards work on Esteem?

Rewards are part of the blockchain and you can learn more about reward distribution here. On Esteem, posts and comments rewards split as follows: 47% Author, 50% Curators and 3% eSteem.


Esteem Contribution Rewards

Good karma law is always give back more than you take. So in exchange of that small 3% reward fee Esteem is offering much more to you:

  • Daily Upvotes
    Most active Esteem users can get one random posts and comments upvotes from our team curation trail.

Qualify: Each of good quality posts made through Esteem is considered for upvote, the ones that passes most of spam filters receive votes. We have more than 10 000 of daily activities using Esteem (like posts and comments) that's why we could support only best of the best and once a day maximum. Abusers and spammers are added to permanent ignore list. There are some others qualify filters like post length, user reputation, number of votes, cheetah pass etc.

  • Spotlight: Monthly Active Users Giveaway

Qualify: Just using Esteem as often as possible you are already qualifying for monthly extra rewards. Esteem is giving away ESTM to our active participants and discord helpers.

  • Giveaways & contests

To lighten up your interest to our community eSteem is regularly doing cool contests, quests and games giveaways with pretty good HDB and HIVE and ESTM rewards.
Qualify: Just make sure you're following @esteemapp and @good-karma accounts and reading them daily not to miss the news about such an events.

How does multi-account work?

Multi-account feature allows you to add/login to multiple account from Esteem and use them within app. Esteem allows you to switch between accounts with ease. Each account is separate from one another and in order to operate/use one account you should select that from main menu.

How does multi-notification work?

Just as you are allowed to login and add multiple accounts on Esteem, you can also allow notifications for each account on a single device. Once you select appropriate account you can go to Settings page and enable notifications for that particular account. When you receive notification, notification title will have specific account name indicating that received notification belongs to it.


How does multi-language work?

Multi-language feature allows you to use Esteem in your own native language, it is powered by community members who are voluntarily contributed to translate interface into different languages. As of today we have Esteem in over 50 languages and more than 300 contributors.

How does multi-currency work?

Multi-currency feature gives you ability to see your post or comment rewards in your national currency. That way, you can see how your posts and comments are doing without extra hassle of currency conversion, it is handled by Esteem automatically for you.

Can I use Esteem on my computer?

Short answer is yes, try our desktop application Esteem desktop

Where can I learn more about each feature?

We create weekly eSteem feature set posts to give an overview of features and their usage with animated pictures. Those posts can be found under#esteem-features tag and post links are also listed under each feature set post.

Account Safety and Security

What security risks do I face by using my passwords on Esteem?

By using your Posting private key, Active private key or Main password on Esteem, the biggest risk you face is that if someone gets access to your physical device they might perform some actions on your behalf. We have PIN code security in place, if you choose to enable, can protect you from these type of situations.
Your keys will never leave your device, all transactions are generated locally and broadcasted to the network through websocket of your choice.

Where can I leave feedback or suggestions or report bugs?

You can report them either on network with post under #esteem-feedback or directly on the github issues page, discord, telegram or by email:

Do you have questions you'd like answered?

Feel free to reply directly to this post and the original will be updated to reflect an appropriate answer.


2020/04/02 - Updated, Hive related info
2018/03/13 - New info and graphics added
2018/02/09 - Golos info removed and other fixes
2017/07/18 - Initial FAQ created

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