I'm trying to send some btc to an address in Regtest mode:

the address where I want to send is: mjeoXvBnD4DtZumeSJEjNJfLb4RrhpbH1H

$  bitcoin-cli -regtest -rpcuser=bitcoinrpc -rpcpassword=Alice -rpcport=16591 sendtoaddress mjeoXvBnD4DtZumeSJEjNJfLb4RrhpbH1H 5.00

I generate a new block:

$  bitcoin-cli -regtest -rpcuser=bitcoinrpc -rpcpassword=Alice -rpcport=16591 generate 1

Then, I check the amount of btc inside the address:

$  bitcoin-cli -regtest -rpcuser=bitcoinrpc -rpcpassword=Alice -rpcport=16591 getreceivedbyaddress mjeoXvBnD4DtZumeSJEjNJfLb4RrhpbH1H 

Nevertheless the transaction is well listed on listtransactions:

$  bitcoin-cli -regtest -rpcuser=bitcoinrpc -rpcpassword=Alice -rpcport=16591 listtransactions
        "account" : "",
        "address" : "mjeoXvBnD4DtZumeSJEjNJfLb4RrhpbH1H",
        "category" : "send",
        "amount" : -5.00000000,
        "vout" : 1,
        "fee" : -0.00001860,
        "confirmations" : 1,
        "blockhash" : "5851b3adfd810480e53fbb5dab1ce4967a50f072a5a7abe054f114839ea3501e",
        "blockindex" : 1,
        "blocktime" : 1452096896,
        "txid" : "9caca4f88c6bf727f6e8599fc1012867561ff7ef34412ef1fc70457fadf08e0b",
        "walletconflicts" : [
        "time" : 1452096887,
        "timereceived" : 1452096887

Is there a problem with my address?

I've generated it thanks to pybitcointools , doing:

magickey = '111' # regtest mode

priv = random_key()

addr = privkey_to_address(priv, magickey)

Thanks a lot in advance

2 Answers 2


getreceivedbyaddress is only able to show the balance for the addresses in the account: it stores only UTXO for these. The addresses generated with Pybitcointools are not stored in the account (contrary to addresses generated with getnewaddress).

To get the balance of any address, a block explorer is needed, which scan ALL UTXOs of the blockchain (like blockexporer.com or blockchain.info).

And for Regtest, it's more complicated since a local server is needed like https://github.com/bitcoin-abe/bitcoin-abe.

Conclusion: I"ve finally switched to Testnet mode, for convenience.


By default, getreceivedbyaddress doesn't include unconfirmed transactions. The second parameter is for the minimum number of confirmations.

So either do getreceivedbyaddress 0, or do setgenerate true 6, and the received by should be correct.

  • It's not unconfirmed: you can see in listtransactions: ` "...confirmations" : 1,.... But I finally solved the riddle. I didn't get properly what getreceivedbyaddress` was doing in fact.
    – ThePhi
    Jan 9, 2016 at 7:36
  • Glad you figured it out :)
    – morsecoder
    Jan 9, 2016 at 14:07

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