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Knuth Project

High performance Bitcoin development platform

Knuth Project

High performance Bitcoin development platform.

Knuth is a high performance implementation of the Bitcoin protocol focused on users requiring extra performance and flexibility, what makes it the best platform for wallets, exchanges, block explorers and miners.

Not just a node

Knuth is a multi-crypto full node, but it is also a development platform.

Knuth's core is written in C++20, on top of it we provide a set of libraries and modules written in various programming languages that you can use as basis for building your application.

At the moment we have libraries in the following languages: C++, C, Javascript, TypeScript, JS/TS WebAssembly, C# and Python. You can build your own library in the language of your choice on top of our C library.


C++ C Javascript TypeScript JS/TS WebAssembly C# Python




Javascript TypeScript

JS/TS WebAssembly



Performance matters

We designed Knuth to be a high performance node, so our build system has the ability to automatically detect the microarchitecture of your processor and perform an optimized build for it.

For those who don't want to wait for compilation times, we provide pre-built binaries compatible with Intel's Haswell microarchitecture. But you don't have to worry about that, our build system will do everything for you.

Modular architecture

Knuth is based on a modular architecture simple to modify, expand and learn.

Any protocol change can be introduced in Knuth much faster and more efficiently than in reference implementations.


Knuth can be used in any computer architecture and operating system, it only requires a 64-bit system.

Knuth has been well tested on x86-64 processors and on the following operating systems: FreeBSD, Linux, macOS and Windows. However, it is not limited to these, Knuth can be used in any computer architecture and any operating system, the only requirement is a 64-bit system.

If you find a problem in any other platform, please let us know.

Getting started

Install and run Knuth is very easy:

  1. Install and configure the Knuth build helper:
$ pip install kthbuild --user --upgrade

$ conan config install
  1. Install the appropriate node executable:
$ conan install --requires=kth/0.43.0 --update --deployer=direct_deploy
  1. Run the node:
$ ./kth/bin/kth

For more more detailed instructions, please refer to our documentation.


Knuth is a community backed project developed. Donations received will be used to subsidize development costs for general maintenance and support of our implementation.

Your contributions are greatly appreciated!


See for active Flipstarter campaigns.


Knuth node is released under the terms of the MIT license. See COPYING for more information or see


Each of our modules has its own Github repository, but in case you want to create an issue, please do so in our main repository.


You can contact us through our Telegram and Slack groups or write to us at

Security Disclosures

To report security issues please contact:

Fernando Pelliccioni ( - GPG Fingerprint: 8C1C 3163 AAE1 0EFA 704C 8A00 FE77 07B7 4C29 E389


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