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BitcoinJS (bitcoinjs-lib)

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The pure JavaScript Bitcoin library for node.js and browsers. A continued implementation of the original 0.1.3 version used by over a million wallet users; the backbone for almost all Bitcoin web wallets in production today.


  • Clean: Pure JavaScript, concise code, easy to read.
  • Tested: Coverage > 90%, third-party integration tests.
  • Careful: Two person approval process for small, focused pull requests.
  • Compatible: Works on Node.js and all modern browsers.
  • Powerful: Support for advanced features, such as multi-sig, HD Wallets.
  • Secure: Strong random number generation, PGP signed releases, trusted developers.
  • Principled: No support for browsers with crap RNG (IE < 11)
  • Standardized: Node community coding style, Browserify, Node's stdlib and Buffers.
  • Fast: Optimized code, uses typed arrays instead of byte arrays for performance.
  • Experiment-friendly: Bitcoin Mainnet and Testnet support.
  • Altcoin-ready: Capable of working with bitcoin-derived cryptocurrencies (such as Dogecoin).

Should I use this in production?

If you are thinking of using the master branch of this library in production, stop. Master is not stable; it is our development branch, and only tagged releases may be classified as stable.

If you are looking for the original, it is tagged as 0.1.3. Unless you need it for dependency reasons, it is strongly recommended that you use (or upgrade to) the newest version, which adds major functionality, cleans up the interface, fixes many bugs, and adds over 1,300 more tests.


npm install bitcoinjs-lib



var bitcoin = require('bitcoinjs-lib')

From the repo:

var bitcoin = require('./src/index.js')


From the repository: Compile bitcoinjs-min.js with the following command:

$ npm run-script compile

From NPM:

$ npm -g install bitcoinjs-lib browserify uglify-js
$ browserify -r bitcoinjs-lib -s Bitcoin | uglifyjs > bitcoinjs.min.js

After loading this file in your browser, you will be able to use the global bitcoin object.


These examples assume you are running bitcoinjs-lib in the browser.

Generating a Bitcoin address

key = bitcoin.ECKey.makeRandom()
// Print your private key (in WIF format) 
// => Kxr9tQED9H44gCmp6HAdmemAzU3n84H3dGkuWTKvE23JgHMW8gct 
// Print your public key (toString defaults to a Bitcoin address) 
// => 14bZ7YWde4KdRb5YN7GYkToz3EHVCvRxkF 

Creating a Transaction

tx = new bitcoin.Transaction()
// Add the input (who is paying) of the form [previous transaction hash, index of the output to use] 
tx.addInput("aa94ab02c182214f090e99a0d57021caffd0f195a81c24602b1028b130b63e31", 0)
// Add the output (who to pay to) of the form [payee's address, amount in satoshis] 
tx.addOutput("1Gokm82v6DmtwKEB8AiVhm82hyFSsEvBDK", 15000)
// Initialize a private key using WIF 
key = bitcoin.ECKey.fromWIF("L1uyy5qTuGrVXrmrsvHWHgVzW9kKdrp27wBC7Vs6nZDTF2BRUVwy")
// Sign the first input with the new key 
tx.sign(0, key)
// Print transaction serialized as hex 
// => 0100000001313eb630b128102b60241ca895f1d0ffca2170d5a0990e094f2182c102ab94aa000000008a47304402200169f1f844936dc60df54e812345f5dd3e6681fea52e33c25154ad9cc23a330402204381ed8e73d74a95b15f312f33d5a0072c7a12dd6c3294df6e8efbe4aff27426014104e75628573696aed32d7656fb35e9c71ea08eb6492837e13d2662b9a36821d0fff992692fd14d74fdec20fae29128ba12653249cbeef521fc5eba84dde0689f27ffffffff01983a0000000000001976a914ad618cf4333b3b248f9744e8e81db2964d0ae39788ac00000000 
// You could now push the transaction onto the Bitcoin network manually (see 

Creating a P2SH Multsig Address

var bitcoin = require('bitcoinjs-lib')
var privKeys = [bitcoin.ECKey.makeRandom(), bitcoin.ECKey.makeRandom(), bitcoin.ECKey.makeRandom()]
var pubKeys = { return })
var redeemScript = bitcoin.scripts.multisigOutput(2, pubKeys) // 2 of 3 
var scriptPubKey = bitcoin.scripts.scriptHashOutput(redeemScript.getHash())
var multisigAddress = bitcoin.Address.fromOutputScript(scriptPubKey).toString()
console.log("multisigP2SH:", multisigAddress)
// => multisigP2SH: 35k9EWv2F1X5JKXHSF1DhTm7Ybdiwx4RkD 

Projects utilizing BitcoinJS


Stefan Thomas is the inventor and creator of this project. His pioneering work made Bitcoin web wallets possible.

Since then, many people have contributed. Click here to see the comprehensive list.

Daniel Cousens, Wei Lu, JP Richardson and Kyle Drake lead the major refactor of the library from 0.1.3 to 1.0.0.


Join the ongoing IRC development channel at #bitcoinjs-dev on Freenode. We are always accepting of Pull requests, but we do adhere to specific standards in regards to coding style, test driven development and commit messages.

Please make your best effort to adhere to these when contributing to save on trivial corrections.

Running the test suite

$ npm test
$ npm run-script coverage

Complementing Libraries

  • bip39 - Wei Lu's Mnemonic code generator
  • BCoin - BIP37 / Bloom Filters / SPV client
  • scryptsy - Private key encryption (BIP38)
  • insight - A bitcoin blockchain API for web wallets.



This library is free and open-source software released under the MIT license.


BitcoinJS (c) 2011-2012 Stefan Thomas Released under MIT license