I am having a difficult time figuring out how to sign a spend from a change address. I get Error: cannot sign for this input with the key <value>. The initial transaction works fine, where I generate a transaction with multiple inputs to two outputs, one of them being the change address - it is the same as the spender addresses. Here are the steps: 1) I grab all UTXO for our spending address.

const unspentTx = (await listUnspentTxByAddresses([mainAddress])).data.result;

2) I add all inputs and outputs, sign, finalize, and submit.

  const fee = new BigNumber((await getEstimateSmartFee(2)).data.result.feerate)

  const output = {
    address: destinationAddress,
    value: parseInt(pullAmount.minus(fee).toFixed(0)),

  const senderBalance = sum

  const change = {
    address: sender,
    value: parseInt(senderBalance.toString()),

  // Adding the output

  for (let i = 0; i < txids.length; i++) {
    const transactionObject = await getTransaction(txids[i]);

    const input = {
      hash: txids[i],
      index: 0,
      nonWitnessUtxo: Buffer.from(transactionObject.data.result.hex, 'hex'),

    try {
    } catch (e) {
      console.log('Add Input Failed e =>', e);
      return null;

  const key = bitcoin.ECPair.fromWIF(privateKey, testnet);

  for (let i = 0; i < txids.length; i++) {
    psbt.signInput(i, key);


  const rawTx = psbt.extractTransaction().toHex();

  const withdrawPendingTx = await sendRawTransaction(rawTx);

This works the first time around, but as mentioned, the second time I call await listUnspentTxByAddresses([mainAddress]) and follow the same exact procedure, the js library validation prevents signing with the main address key. It doesn't seem to make sense, so I hope there is an obvious error here. I'm pretty sure it's sent as a default P2PKH with SigHashAll.

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Simple solution! index in input object was hardcoded to 0 instead of taking the vout nonce from UTXO list. I was going to delete, but I'll leave the post up.

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