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An opcode that allows you to create an unspendable transaction output that stores up to 80 bytes of data.

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Was Bitcoin 0.3.7 actually hard-forking?

Reading through the wiki (bitcoin.it consensus versions) I noticed that release 0.3.7 ("scriptSig + scriptPubKey evaluations separated") is listed as a hard-forking change. In BitMex's ...
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What is encoded in the first taproot enabled block?

There are a bunch of encoded messages in the first taproot enabled block in op_return outputs. What is encoded there?
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Creating an OP_Return TX with Python bitcoinlib

How can I create an op_return TX with python bitcoinlib? The transaction should include the OP_RETURN HEX-Data and an address where I send my change money
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How much information can a single taproot output hold?

Does taproot make OP_RETURN obsolete? How much information can I stuff into an output? A tapscript leaf? Is there a max depth to the tapscript tree?
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How does OP_RETURN burn coins?

What exactly causes the output containing OP_RETURN to be unspendable? And why do I have to use the byes after OP_RETURN for keeping data in the blockchain and I can't use bytes before OP_RETURN?
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Why are OP_RETURN transactions discouraged? Does using version or locktime make any difference?

Why are OP_RETURN transactions discouraged? Are they paying less fees compared to other transactions? Will it make any difference if same thing is done using version or locktime when data is either 1 ...
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Bitcore-Lib generate OmniLayer Transactions

I am trying to create OmniLayer Transaction with Bitcore-Lib , but the OP_RETURN format using Bitcore-Lib Transaction.addData() like: const simple_send = [ "6f6d6e69", // omni 4bytes ...
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Accessing bitcoind from python module hits error

I am experimenting with the blockchain a bit, specifically trying to use the python-OP_RETURN module to put a few bytes into the blockchain op_return field. To use this module I blv I need a running ...
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What has OP_RETURN been used for over Bitcoin's history?

What has OP_RETURN been used for over Bitcoin's history? How were these use cases enabled?
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Can Taproot be used to commit arbitrary data to chain without any additional footprint?

A common way of committing some data to the chain is through an OP_RETURN with some hash. Doing this marks an output unspendable, but the output still requires some footprint (and cost) on the chain ...
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"At first, anyone could spend anyone's coins"?

I've been watching this Bitcoin video: https://youtu.be/ZIugzFygviw?t=294 At the linked-to timestamp, he claims that: Due to bugs, at first, anyone could spend anyone's coins! I'm not saying that I ...
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Why is the source code fee calculated higher than the current bitcoin fee amount?

In python bit (https://github.com/ofek/bit/), when sending a message, it is properly 80 bytes or less (https://developer.bitcoin.org/devguide/transactions.html) fee is If it is a 4-byte character ...
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What is the currently most efficient and reliable method to store the Bitcoin blockchain in a local database?

I have seen several posts on this before, and have tried all the suggested solutions, but I can't get any of them to work. I am interested in analysing transactions with the OP_RETURN opcode for a ...
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How to send a 100KB OP_RETURN? [closed]

I'm trying to send an OP_RETURN transaction, and the program says that I can't do it because it is over 80 bytes. I would like to send a transaction using OP_RETURN that stores data. There is a site ...
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How to add money to my Bitcoin Wallet and send my first Raw Transaction with OP_RETURN using bitcoin-cli

Background So after reading these two articles (Learning Bitcoin from the Command Line and Mastering Bitcoin), I am trying to piece together how I can get my first transaction with OP_RETURN data ...
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Send payment and message at the same time

I am using NBitcoin to write some code. I want to send some bitcoin to an address AND include a message with it. The message could say who the payment came from or why it was sent. According to the ...
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Is OP_RETURN dangerous for Bitcoin?

Please explain something about OP_RETURN to me? https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1166928.0 I saw a discussion that the contents of OP_RETURN can open the value of access to the private key. I ...
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Why does this coinbase transaction have two op_return outputs?

I've been looking at coinbase transactions for fun and I came across one with two op_return outputs.. Does anyone know what the second one is? Also, I understand the first op_return is used to ...
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What is service or entity broadcasts transactions with OP_RETURN data starting with "LP..."?

There have been quite a few OP_RETURN transactions recently where OP_RETURN data in the scriptPubKey starts with 4c 50 which is LP as ASCII. For example these transactions: - ...
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How do I broadcast an OP_RETURN transaction using bitcoin cli

I am using Bitcoin Testnet's command line (and GUI). I am curious how, using my own computer and equipment (I already used a faucet) I could send a transaction easily. I tried https://github.com/...
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Retrieve number of OP-RETURN transaction

Is there a possible way to extract the bitcoin transaction protocoll with Python and extract specifically OP RETURN transaction? I want to plot the number of those over the course of time to derive ...
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In the bitcoin scripting language, how can I access other outputs of the transaction? Or how else can I limit how the coins may be spent?

Is there any way to add an opcode to a UTXO that prevents how the coins are spent? For example, in order to to spend the output, a person must send X number of bitcoin to Y address within the ...
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Is there anything preventing Lightning Network from passing embedded data in OP_RETURN?

As long as you pay a BTC fee for all the routing node incentives and the last layer in the onion routing includes a transaction with OP_RETURN, wouldn't that allow using OP_RETURN for various ...
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What Opcodes are used to store a file within Bitcoin? [closed]

At a block-to-block level, what is actually encoded at a byte[] level to encode a file stream?
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Can PUSHDATA/OP_RETURN be used to break a trail of transactions permanently?

I was reading the Bitcoin wiki on how the Bitcoin protocol has no "From" address and the closest thing to a from address is a "previously receiving address". The article then proceeds to show a ...
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What's the deal with OP_RETURN and length?

It seems like most OP_RETURN transactions include length as the first byte after the OP_RETURN code. Is this specified anywhere? Also, the length is sometimes the entire length of the rest of the ...
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Consensus roles for op_return

What is the validation rule, not policy, for op_return? What is the maximum length of the data that can be attached? Is it 514 bytes? As if the maximum script size was 520 bytes -1 byte for the ...
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OP_RETURN max bytes clarification

I've read that an OP_RETURN opcode allows up to 80 arbitrary bytes to be used in an unspendable transaction. My question is, how is it possible that in this famous transaction (...
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OP_RETURN in a coinbase transaction?

Hey looking at this transaction I'm confused why there are two outputs and why one of them is labelled with OP_RETURN
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How is "additional information" stored in the ledger and which blockchain projects don't allow it?

So there have been these rumours going around about child abuse information being stored in the bitcoin ledger, that might make bitcoin illegal to possess. How is this infirmation stored and are ...
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What's with this address 1111111111111111111114oLvT2?

It was the burn address with the most BTC received in 2017 according to http://bitcoinwhoswho.com/blog/2017/12/30/8-97-bitcoins-burned-in-2017/. It's Hash160 is ...
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Why is there an output with op-return in regtest mode?

Here is an output from getrawtransaction: { "txid": "a2b9e3aa4adeb68a9b8b8b0bbc8d4890585cd711e89cda83e7f236397fac6218", "hash": "6d96c04d49eefe3eab4934188841ef3592c818bf789517b90b1f71ff75a14c26",...
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Bitcoin Protocol OP_RETURN + Omni USDT Tether + CoPay Multisig Help

I have been asked to recover some tether that have been sent to the wrong address... Sitting on the blockchain in a multisig copay account. I have written small php command line tools to reproduce ...
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Create an OP_RETURN tx and validate it's existence in Regtest

A part of my MSc thesis is storing the hash of a string with OP_RETURN tx in the Blockchain to exist as a proof. My main concerns are: -how can i send this tx successfully to my regtest network -...
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Is possible specify who can send bitcoins to me?

I have an idea to store data in OP_RETURN, but… The main problem is it need to easy to review all the transactions. I mean, every user need to have access to the OP_RETURN, giving the public key ...
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Convert plaintext script into hex-encoded script in python

I'm creating a program (for an altcoin I'm developing) that should make it easy to create OP_RETURN transactions. Currently I'm having some trouble with actually creating the script pythonically (I ...
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Get OP_RETURN from bitcoin-cli

Is there a way to extract old OP_RETURN transactions from the commandline with bitcoin-cli or something? Something in the way of getAllOpRetFromBlock(345345) ...
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Can a transaction have a single 0-value OP_RETURN as its only output?

My goal is to create a transaction that spends dust outputs to a miner. Since the goal is to reduce the UTXO set by consuming low value outputs, I do not want to create any new UTXO by actually ...
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creating OP_RETURN script on bitcoin core console. i.e. with the help of commands

I want to create a OP_RETURN script on bitcoin core console. Not using GUI, i.e. available on proofofexistence.com , Just as we create raw transaction and then sign it and then broadcast it, I am ...
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Is it feasible to store information in the Bitcoin system?

I see that some new services are based on the possibility of storing information in the bitcoin system. For example, you can use it to store an encrypted file with a blueprint of an invention. Is ...
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Thin Client and OP_RETURN

I'd like to better understand how a light client works. As far as I know, a light client stores locally only the block headers (80 bytes each) and it receives a new block header on average each 10 ...
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Colored coin adds meta data to OP_RETURN. Why isn't this frowned upon?

It seems that adding data to OP_RETURN is frowned upon and considered as bloating the blockchain. Blockchain.info wallet also had a short stint where users could include data into the OP_RETURN ...
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What is the 6a[...] hash in OP_RETURN transactions?

I've been looking up OP_RETURN transactions on http://coinsecrets.org/ and I noticed that they all contain hashes that start with 6a, for instance: ...
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Why OP_RETURN should be used instead of raw data?

I've read this great Explanation of what an OP_RETURN transaction looks like and now I have only one question. Imagine that someone want to store some data in Bitcoin's blockchain. Why should he use ...
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What was the very initial value of OP_RETURN?

My understanding is that OP_RETURN was first introduced in v0.9.0 (https://bitcoin.org/en/release/v0.9.0). This link (https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-dev/2014-November/006917.html)...
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OP_RETURN malleability?

Can anyone alter the data after OP_return? My question needs to have more characters, so I insert an example, that doesn't hurt: "vout" : [ { "value" : 0.00000000, "n" : 0, ...
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Do OP_RETURN messages persist on the blockchain?

I've been doing a lot of reading on OP_RETURN, and I want to understand something that still seems unclear. When we create a transaction with OP_RETURN (which I understand will not eternally pollute ...
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OP_RETURN marks transaction or output as invalid

I am currently looking into the Bitcoin script. I want to create a transaction with one output with OP_RETURN and some data, and one output which pays coins to some address. I am confused, does ...
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Do I need a full node to perform OP_RETURN transactions?

I want to build a services that allows people to perform OP_RETURN for proof of existence. Do I need to run a full node to do this (then e.g. using the OP_RETURN PHP scripts from https://github.com/...
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Is OP_RETURN combined with a hash, appropriate for proof of existence of an asset?

I want to store a hash (of a tweet) in a way that is : Censorship proof Public Unchangeable Persistent Non centralized Less expensive as possible, obviously free if possible Technology offered by ...