I've learned that OP_CHECKMULTISIG is a Bitcoin builtin opcode to validate Multisig transactions. Can I write Bitcoin script to validate the Multisig transactions without invoking OP_CHECKMULTISIG? If so, what do I need to change in the redeemScript?

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Yes, you can use a redeemScript that has a lot of OP_CHECKSIGs and boolean operations. You would have to enumerate all possible combinations of signatures however.

As a simple example, if you used a 2-of-2 multisig, traditionally your redeemScript would be

OP_2 <pubkey1> <pubkey2> OP_2 OP_CHECKMULTISIG

and the scriptSig is then

OP_0 <sig1> <sig2> <redeemScript>

Without OP_CHECKMULTISIG, your redeemScript would be


and the scriptSig would be

<sig2> <sig1> <redeemScript>

For more complex multisigs with more keys and m-of-n, the scripts will be much more complicated with more OP_SWAPs, OP_BOOLORs, and OP_BOOLANDs.


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