How do I get the balance of an arbitrary address using Bitcoin RPC calls? From the RPC calls I can see you are required to have the private key or an account to use the RPC.

For illustrations sake, if you could demo querying this address:


That would be great. Here is the actual balance for this address.


This has already been answered here:

The pull request for this feature (support for watch-only addresses) can be found at: https://github.com/bitcoin/bitcoin/pull/4045

  • When a question has previously been answered, it is usually best to flag it as a duplicate, rather than posting a new answer. If you have information to add (like the pull request), please add it as an answer or comment to the previous question. Nov 4 '14 at 2:50
  • @NateEldredge I obviously couldn't add a new answer to the previous question just to add the pull request info. I could post it as a comment but then again do you see a place it could fit? I don't. On top of that, a question should be marked as duplicate if not only the question context is identical to a previous question but their answers are also identical, at least according to our mod David Schwartz: meta.bitcoin.stackexchange.com/questions/45/… Nov 4 '14 at 4:27

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