The clean, readable, proven library for Bitcoin JavaScript development.

A pure JavaScript Bitcoin library for node.js and browsers. Used in production by over 1.5 million wallet users, BitcoinJS is the backbone for almost all Bitcoin web wallets in production today.


Who's using BitcoinJS

* directly contributed code or funding to the project.

Who's not

Get Started

Install via NPM:

$ npm install -g bitcoinjs-lib

Compile for browser:

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

Source code:


Latest   warning: master branch is unstable! Only use releases in production.


Generating a Bitcoin address:

var keyPair = bitcoin.ECPair.makeRandom()

// Print your private key (in WIF format)
// => Kxr9tQED9H44gCmp6HAdmemAzU3n84H3dGkuWTKvE23JgHMW8gct

// Print your public key address
// => 14bZ7YWde4KdRb5YN7GYkToz3EHVCvRxkF

Creating a Transaction

var tx = new bitcoin.TransactionBuilder()

// Add the input (who is paying):
// [previous transaction hash, index of the output to use]

var txId = 'aa94ab02c182214f090e99a0d57021caffd0f195a81c24602b1028b130b63e31'
tx.addInput(txId, 0)

// Add the output (who to pay to):
// [payee's address, amount in satoshis]
tx.addOutput("1Gokm82v6DmtwKEB8AiVhm82hyFSsEvBDK", 15000)

// Initialize a private key using WIF
var privateKeyWIF = 'L1uyy5qTuGrVXrmrsvHWHgVzW9kKdrp27wBC7Vs6nZDTF2BRUVwy'
var keyPair = bitcoin.ECPair.fromWIF(privateKeyWIF)

// Sign the first input with the new key
tx.sign(0, keyPair)

// Print transaction serialized as hex
// => 0100000001313eb630b128102b60241ca895f1d0ffca21 ...

// You could now push the transaction onto the Bitcoin network manually
// (see


We provide extensive code testing as a reference that shows what the code is proven to do. There are no plans for written documentation, but you are welcome to contribute some.


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

Since then, many developers have joined in to improve the library. Click here to see the full list.

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


We always welcome help on the library. If you want to help build (or fix bugs), fork the repository, create a topic branch (keep it focused, and ADD TESTS), make the change, commit to your forked repo, and send a pull request.

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