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Cake Wallet

Latest release: 4.5.6 ( 5th January 2023 ) πŸ” Last analysed 2nd November 2022 . Failed to build from source provided!
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1st January 2020

We encountered a build error while compiling from source code!

As part of our Methodology, we ask:

Can the product be built from the source provided?

If the answer is "no", we mark it as "Failed to build from source provided!".

Published code doesn’t help much if the app fails to compile.

We try to compile the published source code using the published build instructions into a binary. If that fails, we might try to work around issues but if we consistently fail to build the app, we give it this verdict and open an issue in the issue tracker of the provider to hopefully verify their app later.

The product cannot be independently verified. If the provider puts your funds at risk on purpose or by accident, you will probably not know about the issue before people start losing money. If the provider is more criminally inclined he might have collected all the backups of all the wallets, ready to be emptied at the press of a button. The product might have a formidable track record but out of distress or change in management turns out to be evil from some point on, with nobody outside ever knowing before it is too late.

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Try out searching for "lost bitcoins", "stole my money" or "scammers" together with the wallet's name, even if you think the wallet is generally trustworthy. For all the bigger wallets you will find accusations. Make sure you understand why they were made and if you are comfortable with the provider's reaction.

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The Analysis 

Update 2022-11-02: Apparently this product fails to build from source. The relatively old issue was not closed yet. We have to assume this product remains to be not verifiable.

Update 2021-04-14: They now do have a public issue tracker and emanuel tried to build with slightly more success but the verdict remains the same.

Cake Wallet allows you to safely store, send receive and exchange your XMR / Monero and BTC / Bitcoin.

is an implicit claim of this being a non-custodial Bitcoin wallet but:

-You control your own seed and keys

is more explicit about the non-custodial part.

On their website we read:

FEATURES
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Open source

and indeed, there is a source code repo.

There is no claim about reproducibility or build instructions. As the app uses Flutter and we have no experience with that, we have to stop here. Usually at this point we open issues on the code repository but they have no public issue tracker.

(lw)