How Do You Interface With Bitcoin Core Using C++?

How Do You Interface With Bitcoin Core Using C++? You can find the answer to this question and more on our blog.

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Bitcoin Core is programmed in C++ and offers three ways to use its RPC interface: the command line Bitcoin-cli utility, bitcoind daemon mode, and a third-partyHTTP JSON-RPC interface. This page covers using the Bitcoin Core RPC interface from C++.

The Bitcoin Core RPC interface is not enabled by default. To enable it, you must create a bitcoin.conf configuration file with at least the following lines:

Save the file as bitcoin.conf in the Bitcoin Core configuration directory (the same directory that contains wallet.dat). On Windows this is usually C:\Users\YourUsername\AppData\Roaming\Bitcoin\bitcoin.conf. On Linux it is usually ~/.bitcoin/bitcoin.conf or ~/.config/bitcoin/bitcoin.conf (depending on your distro). On Mac OSX it is ~/Library/Application Support/Bitcoin/bitcoin.conf

Setting up Bitcoin Core

In order to interface with Bitcoin Core, you will need to set up a Bitcoin Core node. The process of setting up a node is described in detail in the Bitcoin Core documentation. Once you have set up a node, you can connect to it using the RPC interface.

The RPC interface is a set of HTTP endpoints that allow you to access the Bitcoin Core API. The endpoints are located at http://localhost:8332/ (for mainnet) or http://localhost:8333/ (for testnet). To access the endpoints, you will need to provide your username and password.

Once you have connected to the RPC interface, you can use the Bitcoin Core API to interact with the Bitcoin network. The API is based on the JSON-RPC 2.0 specification.

Generating a Bitcoin Address

To generate a new bitcoin address open the Bitcoin Core client and go to File > Receiving addresses. This will bring up a list of all addresses that you have generated in the past as well as an option to generate a new one. Click the New button and a popup window will appear asking you to enter a label for your new address. It is recommended that you use a unique label for each new address that you generate so that you can keep track of them easily. After you have entered a label click the OK button and your new address will be added to the list.

Sending and Receiving Bitcoin

Bitcoin Core is programmed to decide which block chain contains valid transactions. The users of Bitcoin Core only accept transactions for that block chain, making it the Bitcoin block chain that everyone else wants to use. For the latest developments related to Bitcoin Core, be sure to visit the project’s official website.

To interface with Bitcoin Core you will need to use the RPC interface. This can be done either through the command line interface or through the JSON-RPC api.

The most common way to use Bitcoin Core is through the command line interface (CLI). The CLI gives you full control over all the settings and options of Bitcoin Core. You can run nearly all commands that are available in the GUI, plus a few more. To learn more about the CLI visit our Developer Examples section or read the original whitepaper.

The other way to interface with Bitcoin Core is through the JSON-RPC api. This is a very powerful api that allows you to do nearly everything that is possible with Bitcoin Core. The only thing it does not allow you to do is change your configuration settings. To learn more about this api visit our Developer Examples section or read the original whitepaper.


In conclusion, there are many ways to interface with Bitcoin Core using C++. The most popular method is through the use of a library such as libbitcoin-server. However, there are other ways to interface with Bitcoin Core, such as through the use of RPC calls or the use of a custom made wrapper.

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