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What’s in a Bitcoin address

Most Bitcoin addresses are 34 characters. They consist of random digits and uppercase and lowercase letters, with the exception that the uppercase letter “O”, uppercase letter “I”, lowercase letter “l”, and the number “0” are never used to prevent visual ambiguity.

Purpose and opportunities

Input conditions

In order to avoid errors when manually inputting the address, it is recommended to use the clipboard. Symbols register is considered when you manually input the address. In case of incorrect input Bitcoins are sent to the wrong address or the transaction is rejected. Last one is done automatically if the identifier contains symbols that are used as a checksum (for verification).

How to create Bitcoin address?

The address is created by generating of random numbers and performing specific mathematical operations. It does not require Internet connection and registration at Bitcoin, where it begins to be monitored. Thousands of addresses (including personalized) and keys thereto can be generated within 1 minute, for example, when using Vanitygen utility.

Transactions

Record of the BTC transfer from one address to another generates a transaction. It contains the hash of the previous transaction signed by the sender and Bitcoins recipients address. All information is sent to the Bitcoin network and after signatures verification transaction is accepted for processing.

Bitcoin Address Validation

If you would like to validate a Bitcoin address in an application, it is advisable to use a method rather than to just check for string length, allowed characters, or that the address starts with a 1 or 3. Validation may also be done using open source code available in various languages or with an online validating tool.

Loss of Bitcoins

Loss of Bitcoins is possible in the following situations:

  • when generating a new address, getting BTC on it and restoring the wallet from an earlier backup, where address is not yet created,
  • when sending Bitcoins to address that doesn’t have owner.

Multi-signature Bitcoin address

Addresses can be created that require a combination of multiple private keys. Since these take advantage of newer features, they begin with the newer prefix of 3 instead of the older 1. These can be thought of as the equivalent of writing a check to two parties — “pay to the order of somebody AND somebody else” — where both parties must endorse the check in order to receive the funds.

Address balances

Addresses are not wallets nor accounts, and do not carry balances. They only receive funds, and you do not send “from” an address at any time. Various confusing services and software display bitcoins received with an address, minus bitcoins sent in random unrelated transactions as an “address balance”, but this number is not meaningful: it does not imply the recipient of the bitcoins sent to the address has spent them, nor that they still have the bitcoins received.

“From” addresses

Bitcoin transactions do not have any kind of origin-, source- or “from” address.

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