I know that getting the address from the blk*.dat files is discussed a lot of times. But I don't get it why? When I have the raw scriptSig I can encode it and get the bitcoin address or not?

E.g. the first block the first transation:

input scriptSig (this value is correct, as defined here: https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Genesis_block):


output scriptSig:


as written in here: https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Genesis_block the address of the output is:


now, how to get from the scriptSig 4104678afdb0fe5548271967f1a67130b7105cd6a828e03909a67962e0ea1f61deb649f6bc3f4cef38c4f35504e51ec112de5c384df7ba0b8d578a4c702b6bf11d5fac to the address 1A1zP1eP5QGefi2DMPTfTL5SLmv7DivfNa?

If you try it here: http://gobittest.appspot.com/Address the output is NOT the expected address "1A1....."


First, note that the scriptSig on the genesis block was before addresses were used. The scriptSig there is called p2pk, or pay-to-pub-key. Addresses (the kind starting with a 1) are actually p2pkh, or pay-to-pub-key-hash. You can convert one to the other fairly easily and that's what's going on here.

The actual scriptSig can be parsed like so:

41 = number of bytes in hex of the element (65 bytes)
04...5f = public key

Plug in 04...5f into the Public ECDSA key at http://gobittest.appspot.com/Address and you'll see that the address does indeed match.

  • My fault was, that I took the first and last byte also as part of the pub-key. when I removed it, everything was correct – Erhard Dinhobl May 30 '16 at 6:08
  • But how to convert all the others to an address (beside those in the genesis block)? like: 76a91487bfdc1e986af9671805a902e0b2ca853f587d6288ac – Erhard Dinhobl Jun 10 '16 at 6:16
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    Take out the 76a914 at the beginning (OP_DUP, OP_HASH160, 20 byte length) and the 88ac at the end (OP_EQUALVERIFY, OP_CHECKSIG) and put that into box 3. – Jimmy Song Jun 10 '16 at 20:07
  • Thanks I will try it! But is there a general approache for that? Because I have some other scripts and I think asking for every case would lead to a huge blowup..... – Erhard Dinhobl Jun 13 '16 at 12:23
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    The way to get this generally is to take the binary and make it into script form. OP_HASH160 <hash> OP_EQUAL seems to be the form, so if you take out the a914 at the front and 87 at the end, you'll have the hash160 (box 3). Note this means there needs to be no signature, so it's a very dangerous script that shouldn't get used. – Jimmy Song Jun 19 '16 at 2:17

Or maybe am I right with the following assumptions: there are three types of scriptSig's

  2. OP_HASH160 ... OP_EQUAL

But what to do now with these options? In the 3rd option I only have to take all bytes represented as "..." and decode it. But whats with the others?

E.g.: hot to get it from: 76a91490bb78d00b26139e4d51ceb9655295c2bd98aed688ac

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