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i try to generate WIF private key with python.

import base58
import hashlib

def b58(hex):
    return base58.b58encode(hex)

def sha256(hex):
    return hashlib.sha256(hex).digest()

def main():
    k = sha256('private_key')
    extend = '80' + k.encode('hex')
    sha1 = sha256(extend.decode('hex'))
    sha2 = sha256(sha1)
    print b58(extend.decode('hex') + sha2[:8])

if __name__ == '__main__':
    main()

the result's prefix is not '5' but 'V'

i try to just base58encode 0x80 and the result is 3D ???

where is mistake in this code?

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By comparing all variables with this tool, I've found that the mistake is in this line:

print b58(extend.decode('hex') + sha2[:8])

Remember that sha2 is a byte array and not a hex string. You can replace the 8 with a 4 to make your code work.

You can also simplify the code even further to:

def b58(hex):
    return base58.b58encode_check(hex)

def sha256(hex):
    return hashlib.sha256(hex).digest()

def main():
    k = sha256('private_key')
    extend = '80'.decode('hex') + k
    print b58(extend)
  • thank you. i got this – LeePanda Oct 29 '19 at 1:08
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For today's Python 3 I found working this code:

#!/usr/bin/env python3
import base58
import hashlib
import sys

def b58(hex):
    return base58.b58encode_check(hex)

def sha256(hex):
    return hashlib.sha256(hex).digest()

def main():
    k = sha256(str(sys.argv[1]).encode('utf-8'))
    extend = '80' + k.hex()
    print(b58(bytes.fromhex(extend)).decode('utf-8'))

if __name__ == '__main__':
    main()

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