Blockchain software leader Consensys has announced the public launch of MetaMask Snaps, a new feature allowing unprecedented customisation of the popular MetaMask cryptocurrency wallet.
Snaps are add-on tools and features developed by third-party creators that MetaMask users can install directly in their wallets. Previously, new features came solely from Consensys’ own developers.
By opening MetaMask’s development to external innovators, Snaps will enable users worldwide to shape their Web3 experience to match their unique needs. The move aligns with Consensys’ vision of permissionless innovation on open platforms like MetaMask.
The initial Snaps rollout includes 34 pre-approved additions offering enhanced transaction insights, connectivity to non-EVM blockchains like Bitcoin, and wallet notifications. One Snap was built by a developer based in Nigeria.
In the long term, the goal is a permissionless system where any Web3 developer can build and distribute Snaps for MetaMask’s over 100 million users. This will accelerate feature development far beyond what Consensys alone can deliver.
According to Dan Finlay, MetaMask co-founder, Snaps represents a shift toward community-driven solutions for Web3’s hardest problems. By lowering barriers, Snaps can unlock new ideas and improvements in transaction safety, interoperability and more.
Developers fully own their Snaps and build direct relationships with users, separate from MetaMask. This incentivises innovation across Web3, not just on Ethereum, where MetaMask originated.
Consensys and MetaMask aim to onboard 1 billion Web3 users. By enabling customised experiences via Snaps, they hope to eliminate adoption hurdles and match the pace of global Web3 innovation.
Through discussions with over 150 developers worldwide, including in growth regions like Nigeria, Consensys is anticipating an influx of creative Snaps tailored to localised needs.
MetaMask Snaps signifies a decentralised, community-powered future for the leading Web3 wallet. As Consensys continues to champion permissionless blockchain innovation, Snaps will allow MetaMask to benefit from specialised expertise distributed across the global builder community