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4.0.3-6 • Public • Published

BitcoinJS (bitcoinjs-lib)

Build Status NPM


This is a React Native compatible version of bitcoinjs-lib, a javascript Bitcoin library for node.js and browsers.

Used for Azure HSM

Released under the terms of the MIT LICENSE.

Can I trust this code?

Don't trust. Verify.

You shouldn't trust or rely on this repo for anything other than testing. To setup bitcoinjs-lib (4.0.3) in your RN project, please follow the how-to below: RN BitcoinJS-Lib (4.0.3) Setup

If you have any difficulty with the setup instructions below and need a repo for reference, feel free to clone, review and experiment with the pre-built RN repo here: RNBitcoinJS

We recommend every user of this library and the bitcoinjs ecosystem audit and verify any underlying code for its validity and suitability.

Mistakes and bugs happen, but with your help in resolving and reporting issues, together we can produce open source software that is:

  • Easy to audit and verify,
  • Tested, with test coverage >95%,
  • Advanced and feature rich,
  • Standardized, using standard and Node Buffer's throughout, and
  • Friendly, with a strong and helpful community, ready to answer questions.


Presently, we do not have any formal documentation other than our examples, please ask for help if our examples aren't enough to guide you.


yarn add rn-bitcoinjs-lib


React Native

Install the following dependencies:

yarn add buffer-reverse react-native-randombytes crypto buffer@5
yarn add --dev rn-nodeify
react-native link react-native-randombytes

Add the following to your script in package.json:

"postinstall": "rn-nodeify --install buffer,stream,assert,events,crypto,vm --hack && cd node_modules/bs58 && yarn add base-x@3.0.4 && cd ../../"

Install any remaining dependencies and run postinstall. NOTE: (If you receive an error about "shim.js" not existing just run yarn install again):

yarn install

Add the following to shim.js:

if (typeof Buffer.prototype.reverse === 'undefined') {
  var bufferReverse = require('buffer-reverse');
  Buffer.prototype.reverse = function () {
    return bufferReverse(this);

Add/Uncomment "require('crypto')" at the bottom of shim.js:



yarn install


import "./shim";
const bitcoin = require("rn-bitcoinjs-lib");
const keyPair = bitcoin.ECPair.makeRandom();
const { address } = bitcoin.payments.p2pkh({ pubkey: keyPair.publicKey });

Crypto is hard.

When working with private keys, the random number generator is fundamentally one of the most important parts of any software you write. For random number generation, we default to the randombytes module, which uses window.crypto.getRandomValues in the browser, or Node js' crypto.randomBytes, depending on your build system. Although this default is ~OK, there is no simple way to detect if the underlying RNG provided is good enough, or if it is catastrophically bad. You should always verify this yourself to your own standards.

This library uses tiny-secp256k1, which uses RFC6979 to help prevent k re-use and exploitation. Unfortunately, this isn't a silver bullet. Often, Javascript itself is working against us by bypassing these counter-measures.

Problems in Buffer (UInt8Array), for example, can trivially result in catastrophic fund loss without any warning. It can do this through undermining your random number generation, accidentally producing a duplicate k value, sending Bitcoin to a malformed output script, or any of a million different ways. Running tests in your target environment is important and a recommended step to verify continuously.

Finally, adhere to best practice. We are not an authorative source of best practice, but, at the very least:

  • Don't re-use addresses.
  • Don't share BIP32 extended public keys ('xpubs'). They are a liability, and it only takes 1 misplaced private key (or a buggy implementation!) and you are vulnerable to catastrophic fund loss.
  • Don't use Math.random - in any way - don't.
  • Enforce that users always verify (manually) a freshly-decoded human-readable version of their intended transaction before broadcast.
  • Don't ask users to generate mnemonics, or 'brain wallets', humans are terrible random number generators.
  • Lastly, if you can, use Typescript or similar.


Use bitcoinjs-lib


Use bitcoinjs-lib

Typescript or VSCode users

Type declarations for Typescript are available for version ^3.0.0 of the library.

npm install @types/bitcoinjs-lib

For VSCode (and other editors), it is advised to install the type declarations, as Intellisense uses that information to help you code (autocompletion, static analysis).

WARNING: These Typescript definitions are not maintained by the maintainers of this repository, and are instead maintained at DefinitelyTyped. Please report any issues or problems there.


Flow-type definitions for are available in the flow-typed repository for version ^2.0.0 of the library.

You can download them directly, or using the flow-typed CLI:

npm install -g flow-typed
flow-typed install -f 0.27 bitcoinjs-lib@2.2.0

WARNING: These flow-typed definitions are not maintained by the maintainers of this repository.


The below examples are implemented as integration tests, they should be very easy to understand. Otherwise, pull requests are appreciated. Some examples interact (via HTTPS) with a 3rd Party Blockchain Provider (3PBP).

If you have a use case that you feel could be listed here, please ask for it!



Running the test suite

npm test
npm run-script coverage

Complementing Libraries

  • BIP21 - A BIP21 compatible URL encoding library
  • BIP38 - Passphrase-protected private keys
  • BIP39 - Mnemonic generation for deterministic keys
  • BIP32-Utils - A set of utilities for working with BIP32
  • BIP66 - Strict DER signature decoding
  • BIP68 - Relative lock-time encoding library
  • BIP69 - Lexicographical Indexing of Transaction Inputs and Outputs
  • Base58 - Base58 encoding/decoding
  • Base58 Check - Base58 check encoding/decoding
  • Bech32 - A BIP173 compliant Bech32 encoding library
  • coinselect - A fee-optimizing, transaction input selection module for bitcoinjs-lib.
  • merkle-lib - A performance conscious library for merkle root and tree calculations.
  • minimaldata - A module to check bitcoin policy: SCRIPT_VERIFY_MINIMALDATA




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