I'm fairly new to bitcoin and today I sent 1 satoshi to my own adress using the standard wallet, and I was surprised that I couldn't do it without paying a 0.005 BTC (I think, can't remember the exact value) transaction fee.

As far as I knew transaction fee's were supposed to be voluntary, when did this get added? Is there no way to transfer bitcoins for free anymore?

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Transaction fees are voluntary but the client application is forcing the minimum transaction amount of .005. It's been a long time since I've used the standard client. .005 sounds correct.

  • Alright, is there any way to transfer coins between addresses without this fee? Nov 5, 2013 at 16:28
  • I believe that there is an option in the settings to set the transaction fee.
    – Colin Dean
    Nov 6, 2013 at 1:01
  • @ColinDean, you know what, you might be right. I think you can set something in a config file. I think that still has a minimum value, though.
    – RLH
    Nov 6, 2013 at 2:53
  • hustlerinc, I don't think so. If you do your research, you could make RPC commands through bitcoind. If you can build a raw transaction, you can build a transaction without any fees.
    – RLH
    Nov 6, 2013 at 2:54

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