I have bitcoind running on windows and currently it's syncing the blockchain. Nevertheless, command getbalance always returns zero as value. Even if I seach for an address which has bitcoin.

C:\Program Files\Bitcoin\daemon>bitcoin-cli.exe getbalance "[address...]"

Why does it always return 0? I would like to get the address balance of a specific address. I used an address from blockchain.info which had a balance before the current downloaded block.

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getbalance only applies to addresses you own (and are in your wallet.dat).

  • 1
    Better: it only applies to the balance of your whole wallet. It doesn't take an address argument as input (only deprecated account names). Commented Dec 9, 2017 at 17:51
  • Can I search for addresses which are not in my wallet? Like check payment of address x?
    – A.c
    Commented Dec 10, 2017 at 3:21
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    No, Bitcoin Core doesn't maintain the expensive indexes for that.
    – Claris
    Commented Dec 10, 2017 at 4:02

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