JavaScript implementation of Bitcoin IPLD formats
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IPLD for Bitcoin

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JavaScript implementation of the IPLD format spec for Bitcoin blocks.

Lead Maintainer

Volker Mische

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> npm install ipld-bitcoin

Use in Node.js

const IpldBitcoin = require('ipld-bitcoin')

Use in a browser with browserify, webpack or any other bundler

The code published to npm that gets loaded on require is in fact a ES5 transpiled version with the right shims added. This means that you can require it and use with your favourite bundler without having to adjust asset management process.

var IpldBitcoin = require('ipld-bitcoin')

Use in a browser Using a script tag

Loading this module through a script tag will make the IpldBitcoint obj available in the global namespace.

<script src=""></script>
<!-- OR -->
<script src=""></script>


As this is is an implementation of the IPLD format spec, it should be used through the IPLD resolver. See the IPLD format spec for details about the API.

Though it can also be used as a standalone module:

const IpldBitcoin = require('ipld-bitcoin')

// `bitcoinBlock` is some binary Bitcoin block
IpldBitcoin.util.deserialize(bitcoinBlock, (err, dagNode) => {
  if (err) {
    throw err


Feel free to join in. All welcome. Open an issue!

Check out our contributing document for more information on how we work, and about contributing in general. Please be aware that all interactions related to IPLD are subject to the IPFS Code of Conduct.

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