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Haskoin Wallet

Haskoin Wallet (hw) is a lightweight Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash command line wallet. It can be used to manage cold storage funds in an online/offline environment. An online computer can query balances and prepare transactions that can be signed securely by an offline (air gapped) computer.

Haskoin Wallet doesn't store blockchain information locally and relies on information provided by a blockchain indexer. This allows Haskoin Wallet to be very fast and responsive but requires trust in the indexer. In sensitive environments, it is recommended to run Haskoin Wallet behind your own trusted indexer.


hw {command} [args] [--options]


hw mnemonic [--dice] [--entropy=20]

  • Offline Command (Should be run on an offline computer)
  • Follow up commands: createacc, signtx

Generate a 12 word human readable english mnemonic using your systems entropy (typically /dev/random). You have to write down your mnemonic on paper and keep it in a safe place. If you loose your mnemonic you will loose all the funds in your wallet. You will be asked for your mnemonic while creating new accounts with createacc and signing transactions with the signtx command. Haskoin Wallet does not store the mnemonic or any private keys generated from it on disk.

-d --dice=true (default: false)

Complement the system entropy by providing your own entropy using 6-sided dice. You will be prompted for an exact amount of dice throws depending on how much entropy is required. If you want to benefit from this feature fully, you must throw real dice and not computer simulated dice. The result has to be entered as a sequence of numbers from 1 to 6. The entropy used to generate the mnemonic will be the bitwise xor of the system and dice entropy.

-e 20 --entropy=20 (default: 16)

Specify the amount of entropy that you want to use to generate a mnemonic. By default, 16 bytes are used. You can increase this amount to 20, 24, 28 or 32. If used together with the --dice flag, you will be prompted for additional dice throws to match the entropy.


hw createacc --deriv --network

  • Offline Command (This command requires your mnemonic)
  • Follow up commands: importacc

Haskoin Wallet uses the BIP44 hierarchical deterministic key generation scheme. The following derivation path is used for addresses:


The createacc command will generate an extended BIP32 public key at the following derivation level:


As all the derivations below this level are non-hardened, this public key can be used as a read-only wallet key on an online computer. When running this command, you will be prompted for your mnemonic and passphrase. The output of this command will be a file in your home directory containing the extended public key (account key). This file can be imported in an online computer for watching transactions and balances without having the ability to spend any funds. You can use the same mnemonic with different passphrases to generate different account keys. To recover your funds successfully, it is important that you use the same combination of mnemonic, passphrase and account index (the --deriv option).


hw importacc {filename} --network

Create a new account using the public key that was generated through the createacc command. This will allow you to monitor the balances and transactions related to this account without having the ability of spending any funds. importacc should typically be run on an online computer.


hw renameacc {oldname} {newname} --network

Rename an account.


hw preparetx {address value ...} --account --fee --dust --unit --network

  • Online Command (This command requires network connectivity)
  • Follow up commands: signtx

Create a new unsigned transaction using the given addresses and values as recipients. The resulting transaction will be saved in a file in your home directory which can be further signed in an offline computer using the signtx command.

The preparetx command needs to be run on an online computer as it needs to retrieve the list of available coins in your account. Your mnemonic (or private keys) is not required to prepare a transaction.


hw signtx {filename} --deriv --unit --network

  • Offline Command (This command requires your mnemonic)
  • Follow up commands: sendtx

Sign a transaction that was created with the preparetx command. Ideally, you want to do this on an offline computer as this command will require your mnemonic. This command will create a new file in your home directory containing the signed transaction. When you are ready, you can then broadcast that transaction on a computer that has network connectivity using the sendtx command.


hw prepareswipetx {address...} --account --fee --unit --network

  • Online Command (This command requires network connectivity)
  • Follow up commands: signswipetx

This command allows you to build an unsigned transaction that spends all the unspent coins of the given addresses. prepareswipetx is useful if you want to swipe all the funds out of a paper wallet or physical coins. The funds (minus the network [fee]) will be sent into your [account].

The command will output a file containing the unsigned transaction in your home directory. You can then sign it with signswipetx.


hw signswipetx {filename} --deriv --unit --network

  • Offline Command (This command requires private keys)
  • Follow up commands: sendtx

Sign a transaction that was prepare using prepareswipetx. You will be requested to input the private keys in either WIF or MiniKey format.

The command will output the signed transaction in a file in your home directory. You can then broadcast that transaction using the sendtx command.








-d --deriv=1 (default: 0)

Choose a different account in the BIP44 derivation scheme. By default, the account 0 will be used. You could, for example, create a spending and a savings account with the same mnemonic and passphrase using accounts 0 and 1.


-n --network={btc|btc-test|bch|bch-cash} (default: btc)

Specify the network. The following are supported:

  • btc Production Bitcoin network
  • btc-test Testnet3 Bitcoin network
  • bch Production Bitcoin Cash network
  • bch-test Testnet Bitcoin Cash network

The network will affect the constants being used to derive addresses and keys. It will also affect how transactions are signed so they are valid in their respective networks.


-u --unit={bitcoin|bit|satoshi} (default: bitcoin)

Specify the unit to use when entering or displaying amounts.


hw balance --unit=bitcoin
0.62592590 bitcoins

hw balance --unit=bit
625'925.90 bits

hw balance --unit=satoshi
62'592'590 satoshi

The apostrophe are not required when entering amounts.


-a --account=main (default: '')

Specify which account to use for a command. Unless otherwise specified, the main account will be used.


-f --fee=50 (default: 200)

The transaction fee to pay (in satoshi/byte).


-d --dust=8000 (default: 5430)

The smallest allowed value for change outputs (in satoshi).