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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.

E.g.
C:\Program Files\Bitcoin\daemon>bitcoin-cli.exe getbalance "[address...]"
0.00000000

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).

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

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