Bitcoin Core’s User Interface
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
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.
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.
Trusted Peer Support
The following wallets can securely connect to a trusted peer.
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.
Open the GreenBits app
Go to the configuration screen
Choose to Enable SPV (default) and tap Only connect to a trusted peer.
Enter your .onion address in the trusted peer field.
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.
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.
Create a raw transaction:
Sign the above raw transaction:
Send the above signed raw transaction:
The returned value is the transaction’s identifier (TXID).