Bitcoin Core

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Bitcoin Core (formerly Bitcoin-Qt) is the third Bitcoin client, developed by Wladimir van der Laan based on the original reference code by Satoshi Nakamoto.[1][2] It has been bundled with bitcoind since version 0.5. Bitcoin-Qt has been rebranded to Bitcoin Core since version 0.9.0 [3].

Bitcoin Core can be used as a desktop client for regular payments or as a server utility for merchants and other payment services.

Current version

Source code (and build instructions for supported platforms) can be found on the Bitcoin GitHub page.


  • Most popular software implementation of a bitcoin full node. Provides trustless validation that all of bitcoin's consensus rules are being followed.
  • Has an RPC interface allowing developers to interface with Core and access the bitcoin currency trustlessly.
  • Has a GUI frontend, Bitcoin-Qt, allowing ordinary users to use bitcoin with full validation.
  • Compatibility with Linux (both GNOME and KDE), Mac OS X and Windows
  • All functionality of the original wxWidgets client
  • Asks for confirmation before sending coins
  • CSV export of transactions
  • Clearer transaction list with status icons and real-time filtering
  • Progress bar on initial block download
  • Languages: Dutch, English, German, Chinese and many more. Translations are being done by volunteers on Transifex.
  • Sendmany support in UI (send to multiple recipients in one transaction)
  • Multiple unit support, can show subdivided bitcoins (mBTC, µBTC) for users that like large numbers (only decimal units)
  • Splash screen that details progress
  • Debug window
  • Payment requests (BIP 70)
  • Coin control

External Links

  1., Full disclosure: Bitcoin-Qt on Windows vulnerability, 21st October 2012
  2., Vulnerability Summary for CVE-2012-4682, 21st October 2012
  3. "Bitcoin Core version 0.9.0 released". Retrieved 19 March 2014.

See also