Questions tagged [confirmations]

Confirmations correspond to the number of blocks that are dependent on a given transaction. This includes the block containing that transaction and all blocks after it in the blockchain. The more confirmations a transaction has, the more likely is it that it will remain in the blockchain permanently.

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Is there any way to make a transaction invalid if it is not confirmed before a certain block?

It seems like it would be useful to avoid replay attacks if your wallet could specify that a transaction must be confirmed before say the (current+100)th block before broadcasting it I guess there ...
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How do you calculate a reasonable transaction fee?

These days transactions are taking a very long time to confirm. Higher transaction fees could be a possible solution. I want to know how to calculate a reasonable transaction fee, which is not so ...
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How does ShapeShift operate on 0-1 confirmations

ShapeShift can exchange user's crypto currency almost instantly. They state that most transactions don't require any confirmations: Small deposits are processed with zero confirmations. Larger ...
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Has there ever been a successful double spend attack on the Bitcoin network? If not, is it really necessary to wait for confirmations?

There is a lot of concern about waiting for confirmations to avoid a double spend attack, but has there ever actually been a double spend attack? It seems to be that there are two types of double ...
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Bitcoin-cli balance minconf

When I use the getbalance command in bitcoin-cli and I set minconf to 1. Will it display the bitcoins with 1 confirmations and more? If this is true, what is a good amount of confirmations that will ...
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What does it mean to have -1 confirmations?

I have -1 confirmations for an inbound transaction on my Electrum wallet. What does is it mean to have -1 confirmations?
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What technical properties does a confirmed Tx have that an unconfirmed Tx does not?

From a user perspective, each block confirmation reduces the probability that a transaction payment will be reversed. However from the perspective of the software, what happens when a transaction is ...
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Does a transaction with a lock time need more time to be confirmed?

I've made this transaction in the testnet: https://testnet.blockexplorer.com/tx/2f18c646a2b2ee8ee1f295bb5a0f5cc51c5e820a123a14b0c0e170f9777518bb It's a multisign tx with locktime. The locktime has ...
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what is the longest period for a transection to be confirm? [duplicate]

Today my friend transferred bitcoins to my account and up till now there still 0/no confirmation.so how long is actually the period for the transection to be confirm? it is almost 8hours ad still no ...
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How many confirmation do i have to wait before i can spend the inputs I already received?

Can I spend Inputs with 0 confirmations?? If I could, are there some restrictions?
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Why is this transaction stuck?

https://blockexplorer.com/tx/286fefb79f1b0a14526997e8c7bcb4bd7a5665c953586f6bbcd09e441b192d3f this is my transaction blockchain hash This is first time I've actually seen something like this - the ...
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Why hasn't my bitcoin transaction gone through?

So about 3hrs from now I made a transaction to a different wallet of mine and the money didnt come through in 20mins I checked the blockchain and the number of confirmations kept rising and its up to ...
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Who would accept confirmations of invalid transactions in a 51% attack?

My understanding is that honest nodes work on the longest valid block chain. Suppose a dishonest node confirms an invalid transaction. If that node manages to continue producing confirmations at a ...
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Why do first bitcoin transactions receive most confirmations?

My very first Bitcoin transaction has 740 confirmations, the next have 239, 212, 70, 43, 5, and 5, respectively. Is this just because my first transaction has had more time to get more confirmations, ...
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Why are there so many confirmations?

A friend sent me Bitcoin to my blockchain wallet. It shows the amount as part of my balance. However, it says there are 108 confirmations and the number of confirmations keeps going up. Why is this ...
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Can one set how many confirmations MultiBit requires for a transaction to be accepted?

Is there any way for users to specify the number of confirmations for a transaction? If not, how many confirmations does Multibit require to complete a transaction? And does the required default ...
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How long does it take to receive bitcoins?

I bought 1.25 BTC but after 2 days I see nothing. What is wrong? This is the transaction. Also, I went to freebitcoins.appspot.com, since they claim thay they give for free 0.005 bitcoins per visitor....
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Bitcoind doesn't add miner fee

How do I make sure bitcoind's RPC call sendtoaddress adds miner fees to transactions? Tried adding to our bitcoin.conf file: mintxfee=0.0001 But some of the transactions still won't get any miner ...
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Do I need N confirmations if I'm only worried about the transfer getting invalidated by a different block?

Say I ask Bob a lot of bitcoins in exchange for an expensive product. Bob sends it to me and I wait 1 confirmation to send him the product, because I trust Bob. I am only worried about the transaction ...
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Are there any stochastically dependent proof of work algorithms?

In bitcoin, the probability of discovering a block on the X-th hash is the same1 as it is on the Y-th hash. As such, the probability of discovery is stochastically independent. Are there proof of ...
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Is there a way of rewarding users who confirm others' transactions?

Users who confirm or validate others' transactions are performing a public service on the Bitcoin network. Is there any way to reward such users, perhaps by giving them priority for confirmation of ...
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Bitcoind -walletnotify more than 6 confirmations?

I've configured bitcoind -walletnotify to run php script when callback is triggered. It works fine, but only notify until 3 confirmations are received. My goal is to notify when 6 confirmations are ...
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What happens if a TX was a double spend?

What happens if the 'High' risk option (one confirmation) was chosen and then the TX turns out to be a double spend in the end? Would the value deposited be revoked? Would the user be notified somehow?...
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Where can I learn more about BIP30; namely the exploit and the background discussion?

I'm having trouble understanding the bug that was fixed in BIP030, and how it would be exploited. Is the premise of this attack that there would have to be a netsplit and the chain was forked, then ...
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What is min time to get first confirmation for transaction?

How much time does it take to get first confirmation for transaction? I don't need the exact number of minutes, just some useful approximation. I found this chart of average confirmation times, but ...
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Lower confirmation time schemes: any requirement between confirmation time and the probability to find a block during that confirmation time?

Bitcoin, the first blockchain-based cryptocurrency, set a 10 minute confirmation interval time; LiteCoin set a 2 minute confirmation interval time; DogeCoin set it at 1 minute; QuarkCoin set it at 30 ...
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Time to send bitcoins?

I was investing bitcoins in Coin Controller but I need the time to send it because they only give you 10 minutes. So I want to know how to calculate the time to send bitcoin with for an example 0....
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When to worry about 1-confirmation payments

A customer sends me a payment for some digital good at my service, where delayed delivery is a deal-breaker, so I only wait for 1 confirmation by the network before releasing the links for the ...
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How to get last transactions made to a non-wallet bitcoin address?

I know I can rebuild my block index by setting txindex=1 in my bitcoin.conf file and restart bitcoind with -reindex so that I can view non-wallet transactions using: bitcoind getrawtransaction ...
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Significance of average block generation rate

I am stuck in this thought for a while regarding the block generation rate. My concern is, when a payer waits for 10 minutes to confirm that her transaction is included in a block, it suggests that a ...
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What can be done to mitigate the risk of a Finney-attack?

Related Question: Would a reduced block generation time make the Finney attack more difficult? I understand that the Finney-attack is the main reason why accepting a zero-confirmation transaction ...
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Accelerated block generation

According to http://btc.blockr.io/ : Height Block created Transactions Block fee Size (kb) Days destroyed 318525 2 minutes ago 28 0.00370000 8.36 kB 2.00 318524 3 ...
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Altcoins: Determine how many confirmations to require to deposit

For Bitcoin it is common knowledge that 6 confirmations suffices. For the hundred of Alt Coins however, I'm not sure what the best practise to be protected enough from double-spents and the likes is. ...
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Confirmation limit

When seeing transactions I see that the number of confirmations keeps increasing without any limit. I wanted to know if there is any time limit on including a already confirmed transaction in a block ...
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How can bitcoin be used for all transactions, even with only one confirmation? [duplicate]

If bitcoin is ever going to be mainstream, how can we get around the problem of confirmation time? I don't think I like the idea of having to wait an hour for my transaction to be confirmed so I can ...
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How long should confirmation (spendable amount) take?

My transaction already has 24 confirmations at blockchain.info, and the transaction is correctly recorded in Multibit. But there is no "spendable amount". I've already "Reset Blockchain And ...
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listsinceblock parameter: target-confirmations

listsinceblock help returns: listsinceblock ( "blockhash" target-confirmations ) Get all transactions in blocks since block [blockhash], or all transactions if omitted Arguments: 1. "blockhash" (...
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No confirmations, waited for months!

I sent a payment of 0.9995 bitcoins back in April to my MtGox account. However I just checked and it has 0 confirmations. Additionally it doesn't show in my wallet or my MtGox account. Is it lost? Can ...
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How long would it take for a transaction with 0 fees to be confirmed six times?

I thought my wallet would ask me for a tx fee, as it always does, it just sent the amount without any tx fee at all. Now it seems to be stuck in some sort of bitcoin limbo. It's been two hours now, ...
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Fastest cryptocurrency

What cryptocurrency is the fastest in terms of reaching 100% transaction confirmation? I've found sites like this that show that Fastcoin is the fastest at 48 seconds. I think David Schwartz said ...
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How do we check the time when a transaction hits x confirmations?

Consider the transaction 948a427.. which has 3341 confirmations as of now: We can see that the time the relay is received at 8:36:30 and it has one confirmation at 08:50:04 (after 14 minutes). How ...
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How does BitCoin prevent fraud during confirmation period?

I'm trying my best to understand how bitcoin works and while I've grasped the basics, there's a lingering question: What's to stop me from spending my bitcoin multiple times during a confirmation ...
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Quarkcoin's bitcoin-qt fork won't recognise unspent transaction

I've got a problem with my bitcoin wallet client, I got around 10 QRK by mining via a pool, transferred them to my local wallet and then sent them to btc-e, I got a dialogue box saying something about ...
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What are the economics of confirming a block of transactions?

From what I understand, CREATING a block to confirm or verify transactions is hard work, and is rewarded with 25 bitcoins, or something like $12,325 (depending on the daily exchange rate). But how do ...
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If you confirm others' transactions, what do you do to earn 25 bitcoins per block?

I was a bit surprised to learn that you can earn 25 bitcoins, just by confirming a block worth of transactions. If I've done the math right, at $493 per bitcoin, that's $12,325. Does one do a lot of ...
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How many confirmations is enough if block creation rate is volatile?

Right now, the number of blocks created is increasing at a rapid rate. In addition I tried to import coins into a MtGox account and noticed that even after 8 confirmations the funds aren't available. ...
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Does anyone have insight into how Coinbase calculates the number of confirmations for a transaction?

When you compare number of confirmations for a transaction by hash using Coinbase vs using Blockchain.info, Coinbase is always ~10 confirmations below Blockchain. Does anyone know why? I'm using the ...
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How to get confirmations for incoming transactions?

I'm currently working on accepting Bitcoins on my website. To do this I create a new address for every sale. I know I can get the amount of bitcoins that were paid into this address by using ./btcoind ...
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How big is the chance of double spending for 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 confirmations?

I'm messing around with bitcoins a bit, and I'm now looking at the confirmations. In several places I read that 6 is the "normal" figure of confirmations needed to say a transactions has actually and ...
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Can long time taken for confirmations become blocker for bitcoin adopotion? [duplicate]

As of today, it is observed that up to 6 confirmations are needed in most of the places to verify that the transaction is complete. Assuming that it takes 10 mins for one confirmation, it takes up to ...