To receive funds, I was thinking of giving a user the option of displaying two QR codes:

  1. Legacy - p2phk e.g. 1AKDDsfTh8uY4X3ppy1m7jw1fVMBSMkzjP
  2. Compatibility - p2sh(p2wpkh) e.g. 34nSkinWC9rDDJiUY438qQN1JHmGqBHGW7

Is it safe to only give them the option of receiving to a "compatibility" address?

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Displaying two would be justified if you were asking about a BC1 p2wpkh vs a 3xxx p2sh(p2wpkh) because not everything supports BC1 but its pretty good to use when supported.

Displaying two isn't useful between p2pkh/p2sh as you've asked about because p2sh is supported everywhere and many wallets and services have used p2sh exclusively for a long time.

Supporting plain p2pkh is not something I'd recommend a new wallet bother doing. That development and testing effort would better be spent on newer functionality.


Is it safe to only give them the option of receiving to a "compatibility" address?

Yes. All modern wallet software understand P2SH and can create transactions that send to such addresses.

  • What's the implication of displaying both? i.e. for a single compressed public key, you'll have utxo associated with multiple addresses (if people send to both.)
    – Malone
    Feb 28, 2019 at 19:41
  • A UTXO is only associated with a single encumberment (script) - The fact that one private key controls multiple outputs is irrelevant. However, you should be using HD wallets to derive keys for BIP44/49/84 following standard paths, in which case they private key will not be common. Feb 28, 2019 at 20:00
  • @RaghavSood So even if the address to be generated is p2sh(p2wpkh), I should derive from the HD wallet at say, m / 84' / 0' / 0' / 0 / 0?
    – Malone
    Feb 28, 2019 at 20:07
  • 1
    Actually I just noticed bip49 refers to this particular example.
    – Malone
    Feb 28, 2019 at 20:29

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