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Bitcoin Wallet / April 28, 2017

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Bitcoin Core Wallet RPC/REST (CLI)

  • Get a new address for receiving payment
  • Instantly see your available Bitcoin balance
  • Send a single payment to multiple addresses
  • See what received transactions you can spend
  • Create and send raw transactions
  • Be notified of new blocks and transactions

Learn more: documentation for the RPC and REST interfaces

Lightweight Wallets Using Bitcoin Core

Lightweight wallets usually connect to several random full nodes (like Bitcoin Core) to send and receive all of their data. In the process they leak private data and make themselves more vulnerable to attacks.

mSigma screenshotBut it’s also possible to connect certain lightweight wallets solely to your own Bitcoin Core full node, called a trusted peer. If you do this with a secure and private connection every time you use that lightweight wallet, you’ll get most of the security and privacy benefits of a full node as well as help protect decentralization.

Trusted Peer Support

The following wallets can securely connect to a trusted peer.


GreenBits is a fast and easy to use wallet. Enjoy improved security with a minimal/zero trust approach, optional hardware wallets support, multisignature based 2FA and spending limits functionality.

  1. Open the GreenBits app
  2. Go to the configuration screen
  3. Choose to Enable SPV (default) and tap Only connect to a trusted peer.
  4. Enter your .onion address in the trusted peer field.
  5. Restart the app.

Clear overviewNote that GreenAddress will still be able to see your payments; however, you’ll have enhanced security as well as privacy from random peers on the Bitcoin network.


mSIGNA is an advanced yet easy-to-use wallet featuring speed and simplicity, enterprise-level scalability, and strong security. It supports BIP32, multisignature transactions, offline storage, multidevice synchronization, and encrypted electronic and paper backups.

No configuration necessary: just install Bitcoin Core on the same computer you plan to use mSigna, wait for Bitcoin Core to sync the block chain, and then start mSigna—it will automatically connect to your Bitcoin Core full node.

bitcoin-cli -testnet getnewaddress "doc test"


bitcoin-cli -testnet getbalance


bitcoin-cli -testnet sendmany \ "test1" \ ''' { "mjSk1Ny9spzU2fouzYgLqGUD8U41iR35QN": 0.1, "mgnucj8nYqdrPFh2JfZSB1NmUThUGnmsqe": 0.2 } ''' \ 6 \ "Example Transaction"


bitcoin-cli -testnet listunspent 6 99999999 ''' [ "mgnucj8nYqdrPFh2JfZSB1NmUThUGnmsqe" ] '''

[ { "txid" : "d54994ece1d11b868696250ab132b7bd68130e880c9a", "vout" : 1, "address" : "mgnucj8nYqdrPFh2JfZSB1NmUThUGnmsqe", "account" : "test label", "scriptPubKey" : "76a9140dfc8bafc8419853b34d5e072ad37d1a5159f58488ac", "amount" : 0.00010000, "confirmations" : 6210, "spendable" : true } ]

Create a raw transaction:

bitcoin-cli -testnet createrawtransaction ''' [ { "txid": "1eb590cd06127f78bf38ab4140c4cdce56ad9eb8886999eb898ddf4d3b28a91d", "vout" : 0 } ]''' '{ "mgnucj8nYqdrPFh2JfZSB1NmUThUGnmsqe": 0.13 }'

Sign the above raw transaction:

bitcoin-cli -testnet signrawtransaction 1da9283b4ddf8d\ 89eb996988b89ead56cecdc44041ab38bf787f1206cd000000ffff\ ffff01405dcdfc8bafc8419853b34d5e072ad37d1a51\ 59f58488ac00000000

{ "hex" :, "complete" : true }

Send the above signed raw transaction:

bitcoin-cli -testnet sendrawtransaction 1da9283b4ddf8d\ 89eb996988b89ead56cecdc44041ab38bf787f1206cd\ 4402200ebea9f630f3ee35fa467ffc28ecd6eb1c9199eb23c4a16a\ 042ecaf987d295b8dddf8f46ec32ca1915\ ba52d1f6d16d76a49e6c8e2edc1c265d600ec1a64a45153d45c29a\ 2fd0228c24c3a524ffffffff01405dcdfc8bafc84198\ 53b34d5e072ad37d1a5159f58488ac00000000


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