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What is Hyperledger Burrow?

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  • Last Updated : 08 Jul, 2022
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The blockchain is a revolution in both the internet and technology world. The blocks are added in a linear, chronological order and each contains coded instructions on how to add the next block. The system can’t go back once it’s gone forward, making it secure for use as a digital ledger for transactions.

What is Hyperledger Burrow?

There is a significant demand for smart contracts from major institutions in the finance, healthcare, and government sectors. And the blockchain has been used in many major cases. However, this technology is not suitable for these institutions because users cannot easily understand and manage smart contracts, transaction frequency is low (especially for financial transactions), and the number of transactions isn’t sufficient (the fees levied by banks and financial institutions can be really high). Hyperledger Burrow is a blockchain platform that focuses on the needs of financial institutions and investors.

Features of Hyperledger Burrow

  • The Hyperledger Burrow blockchain platform supports permission and data management, making it suitable for use in the financial industry. 
  • It can also support authentication as well as identity management, payment settlement, and other operations. 
  • Content Investment trust and voting are both supported by Hyperledger Burrow. 
  • The underlying core technology of Hyperledger Burrow is the recently announced Oracle consensus algorithm which is an enhanced version of Ouroboros (proof of stake algorithm). 
  • This technology aims to create a blockchain that provides faster finality, higher transaction throughput, improved performance, and lower resource usage than an ordinary proof of work consensus protocol.


  • Hyperledger Burrow was created to support smart contract applications in the financial sector. 
  • Blockchain technology is rapidly being integrated into the finance world and adding Hyperledger Burrow support will make it more accessible to institutions that want to use smart contracts but are unable to do so using existing blockchains such as Ethereum. 
  • There are some other blockchain platforms that can be integrated with Hyperledger Burrow, such as Hyperledger Fabric and Sawtooth Lake.
  • Another advantage of Hyperledger Burrow is that it can be connected with other blockchains, meaning that it gives users access to a wider range of use cases. 
  • It also supports multiple programming languages such as Java, JS, C++, and Go. By the end of 2017, Hyperledger Burrow will be compatible with Ethereum which will allow the private sector to quickly deploy a new smart contract platform that can be used for both public and private blockchains.

Why Choose Hyperledger Burrow?

  • Hyperledger Burrow operates on a proof of execution consensus model as a result of this, its transaction throughput will be higher than most other blockchains. 
  • This blockchain provides fast finality and high transaction throughput, which makes it suitable for financial institutions. The costs associated with the Burrow blockchain are lower than those associated with the Ethereum blockchain.
  • Users can also freely modify the code underlying this blockchain to meet their needs and have the option of integrating it with any existing blockchains. 
  • This is something that has not been done before but will be essential in ensuring a smooth transition from Ethereum to Hyperledger Burrow.

How Does Hyderledger Burrow Work?

Hyperledger Burrow performs the same functions as any other blockchain platform.

  • Users can register transactions, add blocks, and store data using this platform. 
  • It’s a member-based system where members are responsible for verifying transactions on the blockchain.

Scope of Hyperledger Burrow

  • Hyperledger Burrow is both fast and reliable, making it well-suited to the needs of large corporations and financial institutions. 
  • It can also be used in government agencies and other public organizations. 
  • The use of permission management makes Hyperledger Burrow superior to Hyperledger Fabric because it can be used in a production environment right away (most major companies are still hesitant about using public blockchains because of the privacy issues involved).

Advantages Of Hyperledger Burrow

  1.  It has a cross-platform modular architecture that separates the consensus module from the core for maximum flexibility.
  2. Offers APIs for developers to leverage on smart contracts, which support Java, Go, and Node.js languages out of the box and can be extended with C++, Python, or other languages through pluggable modules offered by Intel’s Clear Linux project or other open-source projects such as WASM from Emscripten.
  3.  It is designed to be pluggable with a variety of underlying protocols including Ethereum (ETH) and bitcoin (BTC).

Disadvantages of Hyperledger Burrow

  • It is not possible to achieve high scalability because of the redundancies in the consensus algorithm.
  • The development framework is not readily available.
  • Most documentation is focused on Hyperledger Fabric, which should be avoided. 
  • Errors during development are difficult to handle.
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