Sign-verify messages using bitcoinjs with FLO/Bitcoin keys

Vivek Teega
Published in
2 min readAug 13, 2018


Objective — By the end of this article you will be able to digitally sign messages with Bitcoin or any other blockchain’s public-private key pair. FLO blockchain is used in the example. bitcoinjs-lib and bitcoinjs-message modules of nodejs are used.

What is a digital signature?



At the time of writing, 13 Auguest 2018, bitcoinjs-message only works with version 3.x.x of bitcoinjs-lib.

mkdir projectDir
cd projectDir
npm init // creates packages.json file
npm install bitcoinjs-lib@3.3.2 // Install specific version
npm install bitcoinjs-message

I am also assuming you have your public and private key pair with you. Please let me know in the comments if I should make changes to the script to show how to generate public-private keys.

Main script

I am currently using FLO testnet addresses for the following script. You can use any network you wish by specifying the right address generation parameters ie. pubKeyHash, scriptHash, wif (Secret key), public and private headers. For Bitcoin and Bitcoin based blockchains these values can be found in the chainparams.cpp file.

var bitcoin = require('bitcoinjs-lib') // v3.x.x
var bitcoinMessage = require('bitcoinjs-message')
// Parameters required for FLO address generation
const FLOTESTNET = {
messagePrefix: '\x19FLO testnet Signed Message:\n',
bip32: {
public: 0x013440e2,
private: 0x01343c23
pubKeyHash: 0x73,
scriptHash: 0xc6,
wif: 0xef
// Sign a message
// For Bitcoin network do not specify any network, its default
var keyPair = bitcoin.ECPair.fromWIF('cRgnQe9MUu1JznntrLaoQpB476M8PURvXVQB5R2eqms5tXnzNsrr', FLOTESTNET)
var privateKey = keyPair.d.toBuffer(32)
var message = 'Hey this is Ranchi Mall'
var signature = bitcoinMessage.sign(message, privateKey, keyPair.compressed)
// => 'ILqvGGBI89K8Tk9/BgrGPSMTB9ZY+Z88Z0GjVsx7uPTwOfQ+eNj/VZKZ40iSbUPgz6mSBvo6w1Dkzns9DqfYa2o='
// Verify a message
var address = 'oWwrvqa3QP5EHHBiUn9eAQf7d1ts5BnChG'
var signature = 'ILqvGGBI89K8Tk9/BgrGPSMTB9ZY+Z88Z0GjVsx7uPTwOfQ+eNj/VZKZ40iSbUPgz6mSBvo6w1Dkzns9DqfYa2o='
var message = 'Hey this is Ranchi Mall'
console.log(bitcoinMessage.verify(message, address, signature))
// => true


Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Leave a comment here or hit me up at I work as a developer with Ranchi Mall.