Bitcoin Core’s User Interface

Bitcoin Core User Interface

Bitcoin Core has a built in wallet with graphical and command line/API modes. It can also simultaneously support multiple lightweight wallets with similar security and privacy to its built-in wallet.

Multiple wallet support

Warning: you only get the security and privacy benefits in supported lightweight wallets if they make a secure and private connection to your Bitcoin Core every time you use them. This usually requires special configuration.

Bitcoin Core Wallet GUI (Graphical)

  • See your current balance and recent transactions

  • Easily choose between low fees and fast confirmation

  • Enhance privacy or save money by choosing your inputs

  • Generate QR codes to receive payment

  • Easily track who paid you

  • Use Tor or a proxy for privacy

  • Track how much bandwidth you use

  • Track bitcoins stored safely offline

Bitcoin Core Wallet RPC/REST (CLI)

  • Get a new address for receiving payment

  • Instantly see your available Bitcoin balance

  • Send a single payment to multiple addresses

  • See what received transactions you can spend

  • Create and send raw transactions

  • Be notified of new blocks and transactions

Learn more: documentation for the RPC and REST interfaces

Lightweight Wallets Using Bitcoin Core

Lightweight wallets usually connect to several random full nodes (like Bitcoin Core) to send and receive all of their data. In the process they leak private data and make themselves more vulnerable to attacks.

Non-private connection

But it’s also possible to connect certain lightweight wallets solely to your own Bitcoin Core full node, called a trusted peer. If you do this with a secure and private connection every time you use that lightweight wallet, you’ll get most of the security and privacy benefits of a full node as well as help protect decentralization.

Secure and private connection

Trusted Peer Support

The following wallets can securely connect to a trusted peer.


GreenBits screenshot

GreenBits is a fast and easy to use wallet. Enjoy improved security with a minimal/zero trust approach, optional hardware wallets support, multisignature based 2FA and spending limits functionality.

Requires you setup a Tor .onion address.

  1. Open the GreenBits app

  2. Go to the configuration screen

  3. Choose to Enable SPV (default) and tap Only connect to a trusted peer.

  4. Enter your .onion address in the trusted peer field.

  5. Restart the app.

Note that GreenAddress will still be able to see your payments; however, you’ll have enhanced security as well as privacy from random peers on the Bitcoin network.

Get GreenBits


mSigma screenshot

mSIGNA is an advanced yet easy-to-use wallet featuring speed and simplicity, enterprise-level scalability, and strong security. It supports BIP32, multisignature transactions, offline storage, multidevice synchronization, and encrypted electronic and paper backups.

No configuration necessary: just install Bitcoin Core on the same computer you plan to use mSigna, wait for Bitcoin Core to sync the block chain, and then start mSigna—it will automatically connect to your Bitcoin Core full node.

Get mSigna

Clear overview

Fee slider

Coin control

QR codes

Unique invoice

Proxy configuration

Network monitoring

Fee slider

  bitcoin-cli -testnet getnewaddress "doc test"
  bitcoin-cli -testnet getbalance
  bitcoin-cli -testnet sendmany \
    "test1" \
        "mjSk1Ny9spzU2fouzYgLqGUD8U41iR35QN": 0.1,
        "mgnucj8nYqdrPFh2JfZSB1NmUThUGnmsqe": 0.2
      } ''' \
    6       \
    "Example Transaction"
  bitcoin-cli -testnet listunspent 6 99999999 '''
          "txid" : "d54994ece1d11b19785c7248868696250ab195605b469632b7bd68130e880c9a",
          "vout" : 1,
          "address" : "mgnucj8nYqdrPFh2JfZSB1NmUThUGnmsqe",
          "account" : "test label",
          "scriptPubKey" : "76a9140dfc8bafc8419853b34d5e072ad37d1a5159f58488ac",
          "amount" : 0.00010000,
          "confirmations" : 6210,
          "spendable" : true

Create a raw transaction:

  bitcoin-cli -testnet createrawtransaction '''
        "txid": "1eb590cd06127f78bf38ab4140c4cdce56ad9eb8886999eb898ddf4d3b28a91d",
        "vout" : 0
    ]''' '{ "mgnucj8nYqdrPFh2JfZSB1NmUThUGnmsqe": 0.13 }'

Sign the above raw transaction:

  bitcoin-cli -testnet signrawtransaction 01000000011da9283b4ddf8d\
      "hex" : "01000000011da9283b4ddf8d89eb996988b89ead56cecdc44041ab38bf787f1206cd90b51e000000006a47304402200ebea9f630f3ee35fa467ffc234592c79538ecd6eb1c9199eb23c4a16a0485a20220172ecaf6975902584987d295b8dddf8f46ec32ca19122510e22405ba52d1f13201210256d16d76a49e6c8e2edc1c265d600ec1a64a45153d45c29a2fd0228c24c3a524ffffffff01405dc600000000001976a9140dfc8bafc8419853b34d5e072ad37d1a5159f58488ac00000000",
      "complete" : true

Send the above signed raw transaction:

  bitcoin-cli -testnet sendrawtransaction 01000000011da9283b4ddf8d\

The returned value is the transaction’s identifier (TXID).

  bitcoind -daemon -walletnotify=your_notification_command

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