How to make a Bitcoin transaction with Python
In the last article, we learned about creating Bitcoin HD wallets. Today, we will talk about how to create, sign, and broadcast a Bitcoin transaction using Python.
pip install bit
Creating a Bitcoin wallet (Testnet)
For this tutorial, we will create a Bitcoin testnet wallet. Because we will be creating transactions and sending bitcoins, so we don’t want you to lose your real bitcoins.
Bitcoin Testnet is a network that simulates the original Bitcoin network but does not have any monetary value. Testnet has test bitcoins. Therefore, do not send you real bitcoins to testnet address, you will lose them.
So, let’s create a simple testnet wallet. For this, create a simple python file
transaction.py and copy and paste the code below.
from bit import PrivateKeyTestnetmy_key = PrivateKeyTestnet()print(my_key.version)print(my_key.to_wif())print(my_key.address)
This code will create a simple wallet and print
wif (Wallet Import Format). Using this
wif we can get our wallet again.
my_key = PrivateKeyTestnet() will generate a new wallet every time.
my_key = PrivateKeyTestnet() with
my_key = PrivateKeyTestnet('wif') once you get
wif . This way, every time we re-run the above code, we will be using the same wallet.
Get Test Bitcoins
Now, we need to get some test bitcoins, so we can send it to another wallet.
Once the transaction is confirmed, you can also check your balance using
Note: Testnet bitcoins do not have any monetary value.
Now we are ready to create a transaction. But wait, we need a receiver address, otherwise, where will we send the transaction. You can create another wallet using the method mentioned above. However, for brevity, we will use the following testnet address.
Note: The address below is a Bitcoin testnet address, do not send real bitcoin on this address.
Now, we have everything, so we are ready to create a Bitcoin transaction.
tx_hash = my_key.send([('mkH41dfD4S8DEoSfcVSvEfpyZ9siogWWtr', 1, 'usd')])print(tx_hash)
bit we can create, sign, and broadcast transactions using just one command. In addition,
send() method takes an array as a parameter. This means you can create and send multiple transactions in one go.
The code above will print a transaction hash, which we can check on the Bitcoin testnet block explorer.
Once the transaction is confirmed you can recheck the balance of your wallet using.
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