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Bitcoin SV made easier.

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BitSV: Bitcoin SV made easy.

Forked from Ofek's awesome Bit library:

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Latest Major Release - 0.11.1_ (2019-04-10)

.. _0.11.1:

  • Added WhatsOnChain API for mainnet and testnet
  • Unspent data type: removed 'script' (scriptpubkey) attribute (unavailable from WhatsOnChain and APIs and is unused in the codebase).
  • Transaction, TxOutput, TxInput data types: removed unnecessary 'cruft' like 'amount_in', 'amount_out' and 'fee' (also to facilitate use of WhatsOnChain etc. and reduce maintenance overheads).
  • MatterCloud now activated via 'MATTERCLOUD_API_KEY' environment variable which makes it the highest priority API in the list for main, test, stn. Otherwise WhatsOnChain is used by default.
  • 0.11.1 Fixed an off-by-one bug for generating pushdata op_codes for data-carrier 'op_return' txs - c/o gitzhou <>_.

Previous Major Release - 0.10.4_ (2019-02-13)

.. _0.10.4:

  • Added new Fullnode class for connecting to local bitcoin node via JSON-RPC (thanks goes to for the initial legwork).
  • Fullnode class works for Mainnet, Testnet, Scaling-testnet and RegTest (local mock blockchain).
  • Reordered outputs to always have 'false return' metadata included in the first output instead of the last. This will fix a new issue that arose with rendering of images etc. on
  • Prepend OP_FALSE to OP_RETURN in preparation for Genesis upgrade coming in February.
  • Add 'sweep' function to PrivateKey class for sending all coins to a given address.
  • 0.10.1 includes a patch for rpc methods list
  • 0.10.2 includes a patch to fix broken API endpoint for foreign currency conversions.
  • 0.10.3 allow transaction fee less than 1 sat/byte (i.e. float) c/o gitzhou <>_
  • 0.10.4 update main api url from to

Planned improvements

  • Improved coverage of testing modules (currently at 84%).
  • (Mostly done in 0.10.0) Support for use of a local bitcoin full node instead of a Web-API. (paves the way for a RegTest environment for a rapid development cycle)
  • Work on the bsvbip32 library for hierarchical deterministic keys: Plan for each node to access bitsv functionality so that building apps can be a breeze! (competing implementations welcome. That's partly why modularity is a good idea!)
  • Add Whatsonchain API for added redundancy across main / test and stn networks.
  • Minor updates to documentation for 0.9.0 release are still needed re: PrivateKey.get_transaction()


BitSV is so easy to use:

  1. Simple payment:

.. code-block:: python

>>> import bitsv
>>> my_key = bitsv.Key('YourPrivateKeyGoesHere')  # Defaults to "main" network
>>> my_key.get_balance()
10000000  # satoshis
>>> # Can include a long list of tuples as outputs
>>> outputs = [
>>>     # Donate to AustEcon! (Currency conversion via api)
>>>     ('1PdvVPTzXmo4cSs68HctLUxAdW917UZtC8', 0.10, 'usd'),  # $USD 0.10 as bsv
>>>     ('1PdvVPTzXmo4cSs68HctLUxAdW917UZtC8', 0.0001, 'bsv')
>>> ]
>>> my_key.send(outputs)

Here's the transaction <>_.

  1. OP_RETURN - 100kb size limit now supported:

.. code-block:: python

>>> import bitsv
>>> my_key = bitsv.Key('YourPrivateKeyGoesHere')
>>> list_of_pushdata = ([bytes.fromhex('6d01'),  # encode hex to bytes
                         'New_Name'.encode('utf-8')])  # encode string to utf-8 encoded bytes
>>> my_key.send_op_return(list_of_pushdata)  # default fee = 1 sat/byte

This sets name (linked to this bitcoin address) to "New_Name" (as per

  1. Connect to a local 'fullnode' via JSON-RPC:

.. code-block:: python

>>> from bitsv import Fullnode
>>> fullnode = FullNode(

note: wallet features of the node software will soon be deprecated. However, possible use cases may include

- Rapid transaction broadcasting ~ 200tx/sec):
- Regtesting of app in AzurePipelines or Travis CI for example.
- Learning / reproducing "too-long-mempool-chain" type errors without waiting a long time for confirmations.

The fullnode object has a complete internal list of all JSON-RPC methods added to dict for code completion and methods return appropriate error messages:

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For more detailed examples of using the Fullnode class, see README_



  • Python's fastest available implementation (100x faster than closest library)
  • 100kb OP_RETURN transactions made very simple
  • Fully supports 21 different currencies via exchange rate API
  • First class support for storing data in the blockchain
  • Compressed public keys by default
  • Multiple representations of private keys; WIF, PEM, DER, etc.
  • Standard P2PKH transactions


BitSV is distributed on PyPI as a universal wheel and is available on Linux/macOS and Windows and supports Python 3.5+ and PyPy3.5-v5.7.1+. pip >= 8.1.2 is required.

.. code-block:: bash

$ pip install bitsv  # pip3 if pip is Python 2 on your system.


Docs are hosted by Github Pages and are automatically built and published by Travis after every successful commit to BitSV's master branch.


  • ofek_ for the original bit codebase.
  • teran-mckinney_ for his work on the bitcash fork
  • joshua smith_ for adding BitIndex3
  • xloem_ for help with adding Fullnode connectivity

.. _ofek: .. _teran-mckinney: .. _joshua Smith: .. _xloem:


  • If you have found this library useful, please consider donating. It really helps.
  • HandCash: $AustEcon
  • 1PdvVPTzXmo4cSs68HctLUxAdW917UZtC8

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