A public key is the half of the public/private keypair that is publicized. Anyone can check that a signature is correct, but they can't generate the signature themselves.

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Creating a Bitcoin site

My question is this: Lets say I wanted to create a bitcoin site, where users register and can deposit bitcoins into their account. should i use my MPK to generate infinite addresses, so after a user ...
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What is the use of hashing the public key to obtain the bitcoin address?

What is the use of hashing the public key to obtain the bitcoin address (except to compress it) rather than using the public key directly? Why not deal with public keys directly?
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What is the public key used to generate the Genesis block?

I'm trying to create and build a working fork of Bitcoin -- in order to understand how it works at the source code level. I see a lot of articles explaining how to create altcoins but they are not ...
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Generate addresses without private key: Stealth addresses vs Master Public Key

In my case a store owner has different POS terminals. On none of the terminals should be a private key stored! The owner has one wallet, where he wants to get all transactions aggregated, done on the ...
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Is there a deterministic private-public keypair generator without the BIP32 private key revealing issue?

HD Wallets have a flaw that revealing a private key and its parent master public key will reveal its parent master private key. (Described here[1] and here[2]). Isn't there a similar concept with ...
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Why new public key for every new request?

I created Bitcoin accounts using different clients but all clients I tried prompt for new public key for each request. My question is shouldn't be the public key one's identity which one should be ...
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how is the private/public keypair for spent bitcoins connected to the private/public keypair which corresponds to my address?

Spending bitcoins costs me to sacrifice (i.e. can only be used once) a private/public keypair, am I right? Receiving does not use up a private/public keypair, am I right? Creating a new address also ...
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Does a private key always generate the same public key and address?

It seems like depending on the method you get different public keys and addresses when using bitcoin-ruby with the same private key. I am probably doing something wrong, but I am not sure where it ...
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Bitcoin Testnet Trouble with bitcoin-ruby

I am having trouble with the bitcoin-ruby gem. I get the following error when trying to send money to another address I have on the test network: ...
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Is it possible to shift/modify a ECDSA keypair by a scalar where the public key can be computed using only public information?

I am looking for a method which would allow a keypair to be modified in a manner which is unpredictable to the original creator. So I was thinking a user creates a key and commits it by making a ...
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Is it possible to discover the set of bitcoin addresses from a public key?

I'm trying to find the set of bitcoin addresses from a public key associated with a user just to analyse this user transaction. Is there any way to derive/find all the addresses that have been ...
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How many unique public keys have been published to the block chain?

There have been estimates of the number of published addresses. For example: https://blockchain.info/charts/n-unique-addresses (this chart seems to be underestimating the address count) However, ...
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Extract all public keys from blockchain [duplicate]

I want to extract all public keys from the blockchain. Those will probably mostly be keys that have been used to sign transactions. How would I do this?
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All Bitcoin Public Keys with non-zero balance

I want to get a database or otherwise retrieve a set off all bitcoin public keys (not addresses) that have non zero balances. What would be the easiest way to do that? Is there an API that could do ...
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Can I verify a sub public key came from it's parent public key in a HD wallet without involving any private keys?

I know I can sign a piece of text using a bitcoin private key to prove control over a public address but are there any operations I can perform to know if a public key submitted to me was derived from ...
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ripemd160(sha256(publickey)) - Where am I going wrong?

(Note: I'm using http://www.royalforkblog.com/2014/08/11/graphical-address-generator/ (use "bitcoin" as the phrase for generating the private key) I'm trying to take the first step in going from a ...
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What version byte will produce a Base58 encoding starting with X?

What is the Value of X in Base58? The Problem is when I referred to this table: https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Base58Check_encoding I in the end come up with D when I used 30, but I want X, so what will ...
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Can one wallet send/receive bitcoins from/to multiple sources simultaneously?

Let's say for example I put my public bitcoin address on a website for donations and multiple people for around the world deposit bitcoins simultaneously to that same wallet: Will all deposit ...
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How can transactions be verified without the private key?

Trying to get my head around her royal Bitcoin here... I understand that blocks of transactions are broadcast to the network, and that miners verify that the BC is 'spendable' by trawling the ...
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Can private keys remain offline for their entire life?

I am new to Bitcoin and this question is based on 3 assumptions that may be incorrect. Assumption 1: If I understand correctly, the Bitcoin address is generated algorithmically independent of the ...
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Create addresses in bulk; and check balance

I am new to Bitcoin; our company wants to use bitcoin for payments. We need to create a address for each transaction. so we need to create many public address. First, I need to generate many public ...
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How safe is bitcoin with regard to a random address generation attack? [duplicate]

Imagine an attacker implementing something like the following pseudocode on the fastest ASIC farm money can buy: attack(blockchain, my_address) addresses = ...
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two people with same PUBLIC address, how will people/network know how to deliver bitcoin

I understand that a bitcoin address is a combination or more than one kind of encryption and entropy, and I also understand how improbable it is that the same address will get generated at the same ...
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Where can I find a C or C++ implementation of converting bitcoin privatekey to bitcoin public key and bitcoin address?

There are versions in python and some such things, but I need a C version (or at least C++). I do have the sha256, RMD160 in C already, and those functions are called. Thank you.
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Other ways to determine the validity of a public key

Public key 3, 4 fits the equation of y^2 = x^2 + 7 Yet this comes up as an "invalid public key". How is that invalid? Sure, it deviates extremely from other numbers, but what other equations are ...
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How can I get the uncompressed public key from the compressed public key in openssl?

Given a private key, I can get the uncompressed or compressed version of the public key like so. EC_KEY* pKey = EC_KEY_new_by_curve_name(NID_secp256k1); std::vector<unsigned char> ...
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Compressed keys default for brainwallet?

I'm somewhat confused re compressed addresses... Assuming I were to make a brainwallet using "correct horse battery staple" as my passphrase gives 1JwSSubhmg6iPtRjtyqhUYYH7bZg3Lfy1T (uncompressed ...
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How can I convert a bitcoin public key to a bitcoin address?

How can I convert a bitcoin public key to a bitcoin address? Note: I am using PHP. Is there an existing bitcoin API or PHP-API to do that converting ?
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Modular Inverse for ECDSA in C++

I've seen several variations on "modular inverse" but I can't seem to identify the proper way of utilizing it for C++. I'm not sure how this python code translates into c++: def inverse(x, p): """ ...
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Using paper based public/private keys in bitcoin-qt [duplicate]

If I only have a public key string and a private key string written on a sheet of paper. How do I use those in bitcoin-qt? If this can be added to bitcoin-qt, will it eventually show me how much ...
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Why does bitcoin use public keys as pseudonyms?

Why does bitcoin use public keys as pseudonyms? Is there any reason for that? What are the advantages of using public key as the pseudonyms? Highly appreciate if someone can give me an answer.
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Genenerate address offline, but blockchain knows about my address

I generate new address in client. I hear that blockchain doesn't know about it. Blockchain will know about it when I use this address for transaction. My example: I generate this address(offline): ...
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Is it possible generate three public key( address ) by only one private key?

I hear that each address has one private key. Is it possible generate three public key address by only one private key?
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Is a bitcoin wallet address the same as your public key?

The service CoSign shows that to create a multisig wallet you need to provide a Senders Address and Senders Public Key. I thought that they were the same thing. What am I missing here?
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If I accidentally delete an address with funds

If the address is deleted (while using an online provider like CoinJar), does that mean the coins are lost for good? Or all public/private keys are still held by the company and the address deleted ...
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Are public keys included in signatures?

I can't easily and quickly determine from these wiki pages, 1 and 2, if the public key is included in the signed message. Are public keys included in the signed message, or are they transmitted ...
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get public key from wallet.dat

Is there a way to get the public key of a given wallet.dat to check the balance in the blockchain to avoid having to install the wallet and read all blocks?
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How does ScriptPubKey know the public key of an Bitcoin address?

I am currently having a blonde moment. The ScriptPubKey provides a hashed version of the receivers public key. scriptPubKey OP_DUP OP_HASH160 OP_EQUALVERIFY OP_CHECKSIG However, if I give ...
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What if duplicate wallet addresses are created? [duplicate]

I'm a newbie to Bitcoin, so I apologize if this seems like a "noob" question. So, from what I've read: anyone can create a new Bitcoin wallet. Upon creation, a wallet address is automatically ...
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If Bitcoin addresses are truely random, then why are some more difficult to generate than others?

In this post TierNolan explains why 'Bitpoin' is much easier to generate than 'bitpoin', and that mainly has to do with the position (first character). But I remember that certain characters (I ...
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In ScriptSig, which form of the public key is considered canonical?

In the standard pay-to-pubKeyHash scriptSig, which form of the public key should be used. My understanding is that both the compressed (33 bytes) and the expanded (64 bytes) are both valid. Is there ...
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ECIES - When is it bad to sign and encrypt using the same keys?

Suppose I have a public key for a particular user (perhaps extracted when using the new public key recovery format included in P2SH, and BIP32 transactions). Is it OK the same key for both signing ...
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Why is an invalid pubkey accepted in the blockchain?

while trying to understand the address validation process, I fell upon this block : https://blockchain.info/tx/3d29f43a3278281192943276049c15e5f0d8c7e75d4d99a4cd6693113a948f48 In the outputs, the ...
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Isn't bribe smearing possible because no payee signature is required?

The Bitcoin protocol does not require the payee to sign for a payment; only the payer signs (the payer signs a hash of the payee and payer's public keys). In other words, a payee signature is not ...
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Getting Public Key for transaction in electrum

Liberty.me has asked purchasers to all pay into a single address, but then to email the "public key" of the transaction. What is the public key of the transaction? How would you find it in Electrum?
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How to export public key for an address in bitcoin-qt?

With the probable increase in demand for multi-sig (P2SH) addresses, and since the procedure for creating such addresses requires that each participant provides the uncompressed public key for an ...
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How does Nextcoin convert 256-bit Curve25519 public keys into ~20 arabic numerals?

Nextcoin seems to convert 256-bit Curve25519 256-bit public keys into "account numbers" that have only arabic numbers and seem to only have a length of 20. How is that done? Examples In the ...
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Public key from private key generation problem

I met some problems, when I was trying to write function able to create Bitcoin public key from private key. I was using the tutorial: ...
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Android Bitcoin Wallet - change addresses and key backup

I've had the Android bitcoin walllet for some time. When I installed it I was assigned some public address/key. I have made various transactions in and out of the wallet but as fas as I can telll the ...
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How are public and private keys related to the wallet?

I understand that all the Bitcoin protocol is based on an asymmetric cryptography. A user gets 2 keys (public and private). How do these keys connect to the Bitcoins? How are the keys are related ...