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A Swift implementation of the Bitcoin cash protocol

A Swift implementation of the Bitcoin cash protocol


Bitcoin protocol toolkit for Swift.

The BitcoinKit library is a Swift implementation of the Bitcoin cash protocol. This library is a fork of Katsumi Kishikawa's original BitcoinKit library aimed at supporting the Bitcoin cash eco-system.

It allows maintaining a wallet and sending/receiving transactions without needing a full blockchain node. It comes with a simple wallet app showing how to use it.




  • Encoding/decoding addresses: base58, Cashaddr, P2PKH, P2SH, WIF format.
  • Transaction building blocks: inputs, outputs, scripts.
  • EC keys and signatures.
  • BIP32, BIP44 hierarchical deterministic wallets.
  • BIP39 implementation.
  • SPV features are under construction. The following functions cannot work well sometimes.
    • Send/receive transactions.
    • See current balance in a wallet.


Generate addresses

// from Testnet Cashaddr
let cashaddrTest = try AddressFactory.create("bchtest:pr6m7j9njldwwzlg9v7v53unlr4jkmx6eyvwc0uz5t")

// from Mainnet Cashaddr
let cashaddrMain = try AddressFactory.create("bitcoincash:qpjdpjrm5zvp2al5u4uzmp36t9m0ll7gd525rss978")

// from Base58 format
let address = try AddressFactory.create("1AC4gh14wwZPULVPCdxUkgqbtPvC92PQPN")

Creating new wallet

let privateKey = PrivateKey(network: .testnet) // You can choose .mainnet or .testnet
let wallet = Wallet(privateKey: privateKey)

Import wallet from WIF

let wallet = try Wallet(wif: "92pMamV6jNyEq9pDpY4f6nBy9KpV2cfJT4L5zDUYiGqyQHJfF1K")

Hierarchical Deterministic Wallet

// Generate mnemonic
let mnemonic = try Mnemonic.generate()

// Generate seed from the mnemonic
let seed = Mnemonic.seed(mnemonic: mnemonic)

let wallet = HDWallet(seed: seed, network: .testnet)

Key derivation

let mnemonic = try Mnemonic.generate()
let seed = Mnemonic.seed(mnemonic: mnemonic)

let privateKey = HDPrivateKey(seed: seed, network: .testnet)

// m/0'
let m0prv = try! privateKey.derived(at: 0, hardened: true)

// m/0'/1
let m01prv = try! m0prv.derived(at: 1)

// m/0'/1/2'
let m012prv = try! m01prv.derived(at: 2, hardened: true)

HD Wallet Key derivation

let keychain = HDKeychain(seed: seed, network: .mainnet)
let privateKey = try! keychain.derivedKey(path: "m/44'/1'/0'/0/0")

Extended Keys

let extendedKey = privateKey.extended()

Sync blockchain

let blockStore = try! SQLiteBlockStore.default()
let blockChain = BlockChain(network: .testnet, blockStore: blockStore)

let peerGroup = PeerGroup(blockChain: blockChain)
let peerGroup.delegate = self

let peerGroup.start()


  • iOS 9.0+ / Mac OS X 10.11+ / tvOS 9.0+ / watchOS 2.0+
  • Xcode 9.0+
  • Swift 4.1+



CocoaPods is a dependency manager for Cocoa projects. You can install it with the following command:

$ gem install cocoapods

CocoaPods 1.5.0+ is required to build BitcoinKit.

To integrate BitcoinKit into your Xcode project using CocoaPods, specify it in your Podfile:

source 'https://github.com/CocoaPods/Specs.git'
platform :ios, '10.0'

target '<Your Target Name>' do
    pod 'BitcoinKit'

Then, run the following command:

$ pod install


Carthage is a decentralized dependency manager that builds your dependencies and provides you with binary frameworks.

You can install Carthage with Homebrew using the following command:

$ brew update
$ brew install carthage

To integrate BitcoinKit into your Xcode project using Carthage, specify it in your Cartfile:

github "yenom/BitcoinKit"

Run carthage update to build the framework and drag the built BitcoinKit.framework into your Xcode project.

Swift Package Manager

BitcoinKit is available through Swift Package Manager. To install
it, simply add the following lines to dependencies of your Package.swift:

.package(url: "https://github.com/yenom/BitcoinKit.git", .upToNextMinor(from: "0.1.0"))

Note that following data types and features are currently not supported on Linux platform.

  • Peer and PeerGroup
  • SQLite based BlockStore