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Monitor paper wallet balance without importing private key?

I generated a paper wallet offline and running from fresh OS, and I'm not going to ever type that private key into a computer until it's time to spend the coins. But I will send coins to this address ...
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Add a Watch-only Wallet in Bitcoind

When running bitcoind under OSX/Linux, how can we add a watch-only wallet using the JSON RPC? Do we need the public key or is the bitcoin address sufficient?
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How can I watch all addresses under HD wallet?

Is there any way to watch all addresses under HD wallet? I'd like to notify users when any of addresses in a HD wallet receive BTC. It looks like bitcoind (walletnotify) doesn't support HD wallet. ...
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Watch Only Wallets

I don't understand the point of a Watch Only Wallet. I've seen posts that state these wallets don’t contain any private keys, which means they can’t be used to spend coins they receive. In which case ...
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How to use a watch-only wallet in bitcoin-core?

I'm using bitcoin-core v23.0. It seems to support watch-only wallets by setting disable_private_keys=true during wallet creation. $ bitcoin-cli -regtest createwallet "test" true { "...
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Delete watch-only imported address bitcoin-core

Is it possible to delete imported watch-only address? I know it's not possible using RPC commands. Any suggestions?
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How to make ImportMulti function like ImportAddress for watch-only addresses placed into Accounts?

My question is: I want to use ImportMulti to import a long list of watch-only addresses. However, unlike ImportAddress, I don't see any way to place these addresses into specific "accounts". Is this ...
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Does Bitcoin Core support watch-only wallets?

Is it possible to use Bitcoin Core in a watch-only mode? I want to be able to generate new addresses in an online instance of Bitcoin Core, but keep the private keys separate on another local Bitcoin ...
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Using Armory Watch-Only wallet in Electrum?

Is it possible to import a Watch-Only wallet that was made in Armory into Electrum? I like to use Armory for cold storage but like Electrum more for hot wallets because it's lightweight and you never ...
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Setting up to create PSBTs using Bitcoin Core from 10 year old non-deterministic wallet

I have an old wallet from 10+ years ago. It was created using an old version of Bitcoin Core before deterministic wallets were a thing. I have it now on an offline computer that has Bitcoin Core 21.0....
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List imported watch-only adresses

I can import addresses without private key just to track incoming transactions as it is provided in RPC calls : https://bitcoin.org/en/release/v0.10.0#watch-only-wallet-support But how can i see my ...
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How can I watch an address on Windows and Android?

I want to be informed of transactions of my Bitcoin address on the Windows and the Android app. Can I use the same Bitcoin address on both? If yes, how can I backup the address on Windows and restore ...
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Importdescriptors not working (JSON parsing error)

I have been trying to setup a watch-only wallet on Bitcoin Core using the importdescriptors command. To put this into context, I'm trying to use the watch-only wallet on my online machine to create ...
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How to delete wallet without deleting blockchain

I am registering some addresses as watch only addresses and I would like the ability to reset my wallet without having to sync again. Can I just delete my wallet.dat? I use Bitcoin Core version 16.1. ...
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watch-only addresses doesn't work properly in bitcoind v0.10.0

I imported a watch-only address to bitcoind by using below command: bitcoin-cli importaddress <myaddress> "testacc" true According to release notes it should support some rpc calls for this ...
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Move money/address from watch only wallet

I am completely new to bitcoin. I recently received bitcoins from a poker site, using a receiving address that I created in Bitcoin Core. When I realized that synchronization takes forever, I ...
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What is the difference between signrawtransactionwithwallet vs signrawtransactionwithkey in signing unsigned raw transaction?

I have a bitcoin address generated in bitcoin-core (offline computer) I imported that one address into electrum as a watch-only wallet (online computer) From electrum I created an unsigned transaction ...
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Can't spend Watch-Only coins, have I been scammed?

Inspired by Murch's format of Why is there no such thing as a redirected, forged, or fake transaction? to create one question that is well-worded and accessible through search engines. Recently, I've ...
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bcoin watch only address

Can anyone tell me how to set up a watch-only address using bcoin? while using the command: bcoin wallet create myNewWallet this will always be a "watchOnly": false wallet by default. Is there any ...
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how to create Watching Address from available xPub key

Watch-only wallet can only receive payments but not spend the available coins. I am using bitcoinj (in Java). Can anyone please tell me that How to create watching addresses from available xPub key? ...
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watch-only wallet with bitcoin-cli

i'm trying to see all tx hashes and the balance for an address i don't own: $ bitcoin-cli importaddress 1M43pksKTGpBd8J8XzjStjgnX5vie1kpYA $ # wait 5 minutes while bitcoind presumably scans all txs $ ...
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Dump wallet with only watch-only addresses

I have two wallets on a bitcoind node that consist entirely of watch-only addresses I have added with importaddress over time. I now want to merge these two wallets into one. My initial thought was to ...
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getreceivedbyaddress without knowing the private key

Not considering any external services, is there any way (opensource implementation) that would keep up with the blockchain and expose an API with the same functionality as the original ...
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How does Sentinel check Blockchain?

I've been very happy to hodl my Bitcoin on a paper wallet (coinglacier.org) and using Sentinel to view the balance of my addresses (using extended public key). Sentinel is an awesome app, it provides ...
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Spending BTC from an Electrum watch-only paper wallet?

I've an old BIP-38 paper wallet, and I imported that address into an Electrum (version 3.3.6) watch-only wallet. I now want to transfer that BTC to an Exchange. I have the relevant password for the ...
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I have watched addresses in my wallet..how do i use them?

How do I use the watch only addresses that are in my wallet? I can't find the private keys. Is their any way to use them or should I just delete the wallet with the watch addresses in them?
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I accidentally sent BTC to Bitcoin Core watch-only wallet with private keys disabled

I think I already know the answer to this, but I just want to know for sure whether my funds are lost. I have Specter desktop connected to my Bitcoin Core. But because I also sometimes use the Core ...
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Create unsigned tx (PSBT) in a watch-only wallet using bitcoin core, sign it in electrum and broadcast using bitcoin core

What are the steps that we can follow to create an unsigned tx for watch-only cold storage address using bitcoin core? How can we sign the transaction and broadcast it later?
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How to create watch-only wallet on a server with a full node?

Given: there're online shops and a server with a full BTC node that I plan to run. I'll be using a full node to monitor incomming transcations thus receiving payments in an automatic manner. Only. ...
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How can I execute `getnewaddress` at my full node from a remote server?

I have a full node running on a digital ocean droplet. I have an app running at heroku, and I want to execute getnewaddress from this app. I'm trying to generate BTC addresses to which users can send ...
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getnewaddress and watch-only addresses (importaddress)

I am aware it is possible to use "importaddress" to import bitcoin addresses without their associated private keys. For an online shop that uses "getnewaddress" in order to present a customer with an ...
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I have been asked to download Trust wallet, and was sent funds from watch only address. Sender is asking me to deposit $200 from cash app to get 5k

Someone asked me to open a watchwallet. Sent me over 2k “on watch” asking me to send them $200 to their cash app in order to get my $200 back, keep all the money in my watch wallet, and another 5k. ...
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How does a full-node index watch-only addresses?

I can import watch-only addresses into my full-node's wallet. I can start querying their utxos from that point onward. Where are watch-only addresses stored and how does my node keep index of their ...
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Isn't an encrypted wallet.dat automatically a "watch-only" wallet?

I have encrypted my wallet.dat outside of this computer. Now I store my wallet.dat on this computer. If I open it in Bitcoin Core, I can view the balance but not spend it (without entering the ...
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How to create unsigned tx in a watch-only wallet?

UPDATE: The issue is resolved and I have mentioned the steps in Create unsigned tx (PSBT) in a watch-only wallet using bitcoin core, sign it in electrum and broadcast using bitcoin core Below are the ...
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Why Bitcoin Core does not support importing extended public keys directly?

I'm trying to create a watch-only wallet importing the extended public key from a Ledger Nano (as an example) but is not to easy to do directly to my Node, I should do it through electrum personal ...
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Suggestion for Airgap Bitcoin Core - Comments?

Lesson learned the hard way: I lost a small value of bitcoins due to foolishly backing up private keys to a file which was uploaded to a cloud server. My wallet used to be bitcoin core. Right now my ...
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How can I turn off sending of bitcoins?

I use Bitcoin Core v.0.17 on the server. I want to only be able to receive, and prevent sending. How can I turn off sending of bitcoins through bitcoind, bitcoin-cli or bitcoin.conf?
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How can i check bulk BTC address balance?

I'll appreciate some suggestions for online resources or software that can be used to check/monitor a few thousands of BTC address. Thanks
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how do I transfer from watch only wallet to my other wallets

I have a watch only wallet with BTC in there how do I transfer to another wallet. I don't seem to have a key is that possible? I can find it on blockchain but can't seem to do any transfers.
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Difference between RPC calls addmultisigaddress and importaddress

I am trying to import a 2-of-3 multisignature address into my bitcoind wallet, watch-only. I have the public keys, but not the private keys. Two potential bitcoind JSON-RPC calls that seem to fit are: ...
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Adding watch-only addresses to Blockchain.info through an API?

I want to set up a service to monitor the activity of various watch-only addresses. I know Blockchain.info offers an option to do URL callback notifications when a payment is made to an address in ...
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Moving armory watching-only .wallet file

I have set up an offline wallet on computer "A". I set up a corresponding watching-only wallet on computer "B". I have signed and broadcast several transactions. But now I wish to safely move the ...
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How to turn a just watch electrum wallet to HD

Hello everyone I have an electrum wallet and it's in just watch mode and I'd like to change it to an HD wallet in electrum. How to go about it if it's possible?
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Address watcher with BDK/Rust

I'm trying to implement (multiple) address watcher in BDK/Rust. I'm having trouble doing this for an arbitrary address, because BDK and rust-miniscript don't support "addr()" expressions in ...
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Unable to remove bitcoins from watch-only address [closed]

I'm new to bitcoin and my situation is this: I installed Bitcoin Classic wallet, then sent bitcoins to it from Coinbase before the entire blockchain was finished syncing. The transaction timed out and ...
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Reg: Watch only Address

I have been given " Watch only Address" by one of my friends. To make the funds credited into my account or to use the BTC, what is way to get the private key? Do we need to pay anything to ...
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Imported bitcoin address [duplicate]

A person I met online asked me to pay small miner fee to get big funds in bitcoin. After sending him the fee, he injected huge funds into my bitcoin wallet, which fell into a bitcoin address imported ...
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I was asked to download trust wallet and was than sent around $5000 in watch only. Than was told to ask to access Bitcoin on my cash app. Is it real?

I was asked to download trust wallet and was than sent around $5000 in watch only. I than was told to ask to access Bitcoin on my cash app. They said to access Bitcoin and than send a screenshot after ...
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Errors with `walletcreatefundedpsbt` & non-solvable UTXOs

I'm attempting to use walletcreatefundedpsbt with a watch-only wallet. With 2.0 BTC in the watch-only wallet, I attempt to create a psbt sending 0.2 BTC without specifying inputs and receive an "...
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