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Dead Man's Switch Bitcoin Wallet

This CLI Bitcoin wallet written in Ruby uses timelocked UTXOs to act as a dead man's switch. After configuring a time period (nSequence), the owner needs to periodically use the wallet to withdraw funds. If the owner does not use the wallet within the configured time period, the funds become spendable by the successor.

This is performed by managing a p2sh address mapping to the following Bitcoin Script:

	<Owner’s pubkey> OP_CheckSig
	<TTL> OP_CheckSequenceVerify
	<Successor’s pubkey> OP_CheckSig

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bundle install

Owner Usage

Generate owner key

The following operation will create a succession.key file in your local directory with the contents of your private key ./succession keygen

Configure successor

The following operation will configure a successor to your funds. Future transactions sent from this wallet will include a "change" output to a p2sh address derived by your succession config.

./succession -p <successor_public_key> -t <nSequence>

Get current balance

Retrieves the balance mapping to the sum of your key's p2pkh address, and of the configured p2sh address.

./succession balance

Construct send transaction

This operation will construct and sign a Bitcoin transaction and output it in JSON and hex to stdout. You should upload the constructed transaction to a Bitcoin node.

To spend funds as an owner, refreshing the timelock period:

./succession send -t <btc_address> -c <bitcoin_amount>

After the transaction is generated, a p2sh.state file will be created on your working directory. This file contains the p2sh redeem script and should be sent to the successor.

Successor usage

The successor should create a new wallet via ./succession keygen and configure their own successor via ./succession -p <next_successor_public_key> -t <nSequence>. Then, they should paste the p2sh.state file provided to them by the owner into the working dir.

After the timelock period has expired, the successor can use the following command to create a bitcoin transaction which spends the funds using the successor key:

./succession send -t <btc_address> -c <bitcoin_amount> -s
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