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bitcoinj is a bitcoin library, bitsofproof is a full server (standalone 'exe').

Beyond the above - can anyone elaborate on the difference between them? What problems they were designed to solve, their documentation, maturity level?

Is there an overlap between them (in intended usage)?

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There are lots of differences in features supported, but the crucial difference is the architecture: Embedded vs. Client-Server Bitcoin Protocol Node and Wallet.

BitcoinJ is a Java library to embed a Simplified or Full Verifying Bitcoin Node and a Wallet into your application.

The Bits of Proof Enterprise Bitcoin Server is a configurable Full Verifying Bitcoin Node written in Java. The server process is accessible through a message bus for client applications and extensions. Several layers and flavors of client libraries are available, such as: STOMP, Java, REST. The Wallet is implemented in the client library, therefore a server process can serve several unrelated applications and distinct Wallets. Several server instances might run in a load balanced configuration serving clients through a common bus. The company Bits of Proof offers commercial support and hosts server instances.

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As I understand it, BitsOfProof is an enterprise level implementation of the full bitcoind client, including downloading the full blockchain and supporting a full array of features from the main client.

BitcoinJ is a java library that supports building a thinner client (downloads headers instead of full block chain) allowing for building bitcoin features into a memory or storage restricted environment.

  • Doesn't bitcoinj support full mode as well? – ripper234 Jun 17 '13 at 17:26
  • I do believe there is experimental support for the full blockchain in bitcoinj. – Jason Southwell Jun 19 '13 at 21:08

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