C library for Bitcoin's base58 encoding
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Initialisation

Before you can use libbase58 for base58check, you must provide a SHA256 function. The required function signature is:

bool my_sha256(void *digest, const void *data, size_t datasz)

Simply assign your function to b58_sha256_impl:

b58_sha256_impl = my_sha256;

This is only required if base58check is used. Raw base58 does not need SHA256.

Decoding Base58

Simply allocate a buffer to store the binary data in, and set a variable with the buffer size, and call the b58tobin function:

bool b58tobin(void *bin, size_t *binsz, const char *b58, size_t b58sz)

The "canonical" base58 byte length will be assigned to binsz on success, which may be larger than the actual buffer if the input has many leading zeros. Regardless of the canonical byte length, the full binary buffer will be used. If b58sz is zero, it will be initialised with strlen(b58); note that a true zero-length base58 string is not supported here.

Validating Base58Check

After calling b58tobin, you can validate base58check data using the b58check function:

int b58check(const void *bin, size_t binsz, const char *b58, size_t b58sz)

Call it with the same buffers used for b58tobin. If the return value is negative, an error occurred. Otherwise, the return value is the base58check "version" byte from the decoded data.

Encoding Base58

Allocate a string to store the base58 content, create a size_t variable with the size of that allocation, and call:

bool b58enc(char *b58, size_t *b58sz, const void *data, size_t binsz)

Note that you must pass a pointer to the string size variable, not the size itself. When b58enc returns, the variable will be modified to contain the actual number of bytes used (including the null terminator). If encoding fails for any reason, or if the string buffer is not large enough for the result, b58enc will return false. Otherwise, it returns true to indicate success.

Encoding Base58Check

Targeting base58check is done similarly to raw base58 encoding, but you must also provide a version byte:

bool b58check_enc(char *b58c, size_t *b58c_sz, uint8_t ver,
                  const void *data, size_t datasz)