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What is bitcoinj-multichain?

This is an experimental patched version of BitcoinJ which allows BitcoinJ clients to access a MultiChain private blockchain. The MultiChain network must be configured to behave like the public Bitcoin network (since BitcoinJ does not support MultiChain assets and permissions).

In general, a Bitcoin client should:

  • Disable target verification
  • Disable checkpoints
  • Remove any hard-coded IP addresses of Bitcoin nodes
  • Remove any hard-coded data related to the Bitcoin Genesis block

With BitcoinJ, the following changes have been made:

  • Disable max target verification on block headers
  • Disable checkpoints
  • Added handling of 'getaddr' messages to avoid disconnection
  • Added subclass of MainNetParams called MultiChainParams which clients should use. This subclass will:
    • Create the MultiChain genesis block to replace the Bitcoin genesis block which BitcoinJ creates internally.
    • Remove any DNS seeds
    • Remove any hard-coded node addresses

The WalletTemplate has been modified so it can connect to MultiChain over localhost or remotely. Instead of creating MainNetParams, we now create a MultiChainParams object with data from the MultiChain network passed in via environment variables.

Build bitcoinj-multichain

Using Java 8:

	mvn clean install -DskipTests

Build wallet demo

	cd wallettemplate
	mvn clean package -DskipTests

Run wallet demo

Note you should set environment variables first (see below) before launching the wallet.

	java -jar target/wallettemplate-shaded.jar -Dorg.slf4j.simpleLogger.defaultLogLevel=debug 

Wallet files will be created in the local directory.

Set environment variables for wallet demo

Before running the wallettemplate demo, set the following environment variables:


Where you can get the genesis block hash in params.dat or by calling:

	multichain-cli <name_of_chain> getblockhash 0

You can get the raw hex data string of the genesis block by calling:

	multichain-cli <name_of_chain> getblock <genesis_block_hash> false

Create a MultiChain network with Bitcoin behaviour

There is an example Multichain params.dat file in the repository:


You can use this file to help create a MultiChain network which behaves like the Bitcoin network:

	multichain-util create bitcoin
	cp multichain_bitcoin.params.dat ~/.multichain/bitcoin/params.dat

You can change how often blocks are created by editing the file and adjusting the parameters:

  • target-block-time
  • pow-minimum-bits

Original BitcoinJ README starts here:

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Welcome to bitcoinj

The bitcoinj library is a Java implementation of the Bitcoin protocol, which allows it to maintain a wallet and send/receive transactions without needing a local copy of Bitcoin Core. It comes with full documentation and some example apps showing how to use it.


  • Java 6 for the core modules, Java 8 for everything else
  • Maven 3+ - for building the project
  • Orchid - for secure communications over TOR
  • Google Protocol Buffers - for use with serialization and hardware communications

Getting started

To get started, it is best to have the latest JDK and Maven installed. The HEAD of the master branch contains the latest development code and various production releases are provided on feature branches.

Building from the command line

To perform a full build use

mvn clean package

You can also run

mvn site:site

to generate a website with useful information like JavaDocs.

The outputs are under the target directory.

Building from an IDE

Alternatively, just import the project using your IDE. IntelliJ has Maven integration built-in and has a free Community Edition. Simply use File | Import Project and locate the pom.xml in the root of the cloned project source tree.

Example applications

These are found in the examples module.

Forwarding service

This will download the block chain and eventually print a Bitcoin address that it has generated.

If you send coins to that address, it will forward them on to the address you specified.

  cd examples
  mvn exec:java -Dexec.mainClass=org.bitcoinj.examples.ForwardingService -Dexec.args="<insert a bitcoin address here>"

Note that this example app does not use checkpointing, so the initial chain sync will be pretty slow. You can make an app that starts up and does the initial sync much faster by including a checkpoints file; see the documentation for more info on this technique.

Where next?

Now you are ready to follow the tutorial.