Important Update: Sunsetting Astar Pass and introduction of Account Unification

Dear Community,

We are writing to announce an important transition planned to take place during Q1.

With the introduction of Account Unification on Astar Network which is planned to happen in Q1 2024 we have decided to sunset Astar Foundation (Core Team) support of the Astar Pass website at the end of Q1 2024.

What is Astar Pass?
Astar Pass (also referred to Astar Base which is GH project name has been a key feature in our network, offering a unique mapping between users’ Astar Native Address and Astar EVM address. This functionality enabled different projects in the Astar Network to provide additional benefits to our users. The process involved connecting your two wallets (e.g., Polkadot.js and Metamask), followed by a simple sign and registration procedure.

Account Unification
Account Unification is a more comprehensive and integrated solution compared to Astar Pass. Account Unification, going live in Q1 2024, allows users to bind their H160 and SS58 addresses, creating double mappings at a pallet level, rather than a smart contract level. This shift to AU offers a richer and more seamless experience. For more details on AU, please refer to our documentation: Account Unification Documentation. In addition, Account Unification has been audited.

Options for Projects
While we will stop supporting Astar Pass website, Astar Pass functionality will still be accessible on a smart contract level. This means existing and future project can choose to integrate Astar Pass into their dApps UI if needed. We encourage developers to explore this option to continue providing tailored experiences to their users.

However, we would highly recommend projects to consider supporting both solutions (interim) and transitioning to Account Unification as AU will be supported via the Astar Portal.

What to do next?

  • For Developers: If you wish to use Astar Pass at a smart contract level, please start planning your transition and UI development. Our team is available for any support you might need.
  • For Users: Right now you can test Account Unification on our testnet Shibuya via Astar Portal. If you find it somewhat confusing still, don’t worry, more user friendly article is on the way and will be available at the time of launch on Astar

We believe this transition to Account Unification is step in direction to provide a more secure, efficient, and user-friendly environment for our community. Understanding and support from existing community and projects is vital.

Of course, the post is made here, on Forum, so we can hear your thoughts as well to make this transition as smooth as possible.

Final remarks

  • There is a gas issue on current Astar Pass website which we are looking into. UPDATE - Fixed. (2024-01-09 12:00 UTC)
  • AU launch is estimated at February 2024, but no fixed date decided yet.

I am really happy to see all the technological breakthroughs that Astar is achieving and to see the plans we have for the future fills me with excitement to continue supporting the project.

On my part, I have tested the use of AU and I find it extremely fluid to use. I am a developer so I have been able to interact with both implementations (Astar pass and AU) and I have noticed how easy it is to use as it is a pallet and not a contract, so I notice a substantially greater improvement to Astar pass.

I will soon be creating technical content to support the release of UA, I know my colleagues will too.


Thank you for the update.
I would urge everyone to read the article as it explains the AU great: Account Unification | Astar Docs

Looking forward to the usage of this :slight_smile:

I do have one question.
I found the following in the article:

So do I understand right that I need to unstake everything (on both EVM and native) before I can create an AU?

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Hi @Sequaja, that’s right! The tokens you had in your accounts before the unification will not be automatically sent to your unified account, so you could lose your tokens. That’s what I’ve managed to understand by reading all the current documentation on the subject.

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