bitcoin blockchain storage based on bitcoin-ruby
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This is a bitcoin blockchain storage based on bitcoin-ruby with support for several different backends and database adapters.

It also provides {Bitcoin::Blockchain::Validation Validation} functionality to ensure that only valid data is stored.


The :archive and :utxo backends can both use any SQL database supported by sequel.


The {Bitcoin::Blockchain::Backends::Archive Archive} backend stores a complete, fully-indexed blockchain.

This backend produces a very large DB, but holds the data in a completely normalized schema and can be queried arbitrarily.

Postgres is the recommended adapter since it is the most optimized. is based on this backend, and you can grab a postgres dump from to get started more quickly (hours instead of days).


The {Bitcoin::Blockchain::Backends::Utxo Utxo} backend stores only the utxos (“Unspent TX Outputs”) needed to validate the blockchain on its own.

This backend produces a much smaller DB than the `:archive` backend, but can only be queried for addresses it has been told to watch previously.


Specify which sequel adapter and database to use like this:

sqlite:/                                          # sqlite in-memory database
sqlite://bitcoin.db                               # sqlite db in current directory
sqlite:///tmp/bitcoin.db                          # sqlite with absolute path
postgres:/bitcoin                                 # local postgres database
postgres://<user>:<pass>@<host>:<port>/<database> # remote postgres db with authentication


We assume you already have a ruby 1.9 or 2.0 compatible interpreter and rubygems environment.

gem install bitcoin-ruby-blockchain

Or add it to your Gemfile and

require 'bitcoin/blockchain'


Initialize a blockchain with the desired backend and DB adapter:

# use :utxo backend with in-memory sqlite DB
chain = "sqlite:/")

# use :archive backend with local postgres DB
chain = "postgres:/bitcoin")

Give it a {Bitcoin::Protocol::Block Block} to store:

chain.store_block(block) #=> [height, branch]

And query objects from the blockchain:

chain.get_head   #=> current best block
chain.get_height #=> height of current best block
block = chain.get_block(block_hash)
tx = chain.get_tx(tx_hash)

See {Bitcoin::Blockchain::Backends::Base} for a complete list of methods common to all backends.

These return {Bitcoin::Blockchain::Models} objects, which are like {Bitcoin::Protocol} objects with extra features to query related data from the blockchain, like so:

block.get_prev_block  #=> the previous block this one is based upon
block.get_next_block  #=> the next block based upon this one
tx.get_block          #=> the block this tx is in
tx.confirmations      #=> number of blocks in the main chain that confirm this tx[0].get_prev_out #=> the previous output that is spent by this input
tx.out[0].get_next_in #=> the next input that is spending this output


Always trying to improve, any help appreciated! If anything is unclear to you, let us know!

Documentation is generated using yardoc:

rake doc

The specs are also a good place to see how things are supposed to work.


The specs can be run with


or, if you want to run a single spec

rspec spec/blockchain/models_spec.rb

Coverage information is automatically generated and can be found in coverage/ after the test run.


Any help or feedback is greatly appreciated! Just open an issue, submit a pull-request, or come to #bitcoin-ruby on if you want to chat.


This software is licensed under the terms of the MIT license. See {file:COPYING} for details.