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A modern, lightweight, descriptor-based wallet library written in Rust!

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§BDK Wallet

The bdk_wallet crate provides the Wallet type which is a simple, high-level interface built from the low-level components of bdk_chain. Wallet is a good starting point for many simple applications as well as a good demonstration of how to use the other mechanisms to construct a wallet. It has two keychains (external and internal) which are defined by miniscript descriptors and uses them to generate addresses. When you give it chain data it also uses the descriptors to find transaction outputs owned by them. From there, you can create and sign transactions.

For details about the API of Wallet see the module-level documentation.

§Blockchain data

In order to get blockchain data for Wallet to consume, you should configure a client from an available chain source. Typically you make a request to the chain source and get a response that the Wallet can use to update its view of the chain.

Blockchain Data Sources

  • bdk_esplora: Grabs blockchain data from Esplora for updating BDK structures.
  • bdk_electrum: Grabs blockchain data from Electrum for updating BDK structures.
  • bdk_bitcoind_rpc: Grabs blockchain data from Bitcoin Core for updating BDK structures.



To persist Wallet state data use a data store crate that reads and writes [bdk_chain::CombinedChangeSet].


  • bdk_file_store: Stores wallet changes in a simple flat file.
  • bdk_sqlite: Stores wallet changes in a SQLite relational database file.


use bdk_wallet::{bitcoin::Network, KeychainKind, wallet::{ChangeSet, Wallet}};

// Open or create a new file store for wallet data.
let mut db =
    bdk_file_store::Store::<ChangeSet>::open_or_create_new(b"magic_bytes", "/tmp/my_wallet.db")
        .expect("create store");

// Create a wallet with initial wallet data read from the file store.
let descriptor = "wpkh(tprv8ZgxMBicQKsPdcAqYBpzAFwU5yxBUo88ggoBqu1qPcHUfSbKK1sKMLmC7EAk438btHQrSdu3jGGQa6PA71nvH5nkDexhLteJqkM4dQmWF9g/84'/1'/0'/0/*)";
let change_descriptor = "wpkh(tprv8ZgxMBicQKsPdcAqYBpzAFwU5yxBUo88ggoBqu1qPcHUfSbKK1sKMLmC7EAk438btHQrSdu3jGGQa6PA71nvH5nkDexhLteJqkM4dQmWF9g/84'/1'/0'/1/*)";
let changeset = db.aggregate_changesets().expect("changeset loaded");
let mut wallet =
    Wallet::new_or_load(descriptor, change_descriptor, changeset, Network::Testnet)
        .expect("create or load wallet");

// Get a new address to receive bitcoin.
let receive_address = wallet.reveal_next_address(KeychainKind::External);
// Persist staged wallet data changes to the file store.
let staged_changeset = wallet.take_staged();
if let Some(changeset) = staged_changeset {
        .expect("must commit changes to database");
println!("Your new receive address is: {}", receive_address.address);


§Unit testing

cargo test


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  • pub extern crate bitcoin;
  • pub extern crate miniscript;
  • pub use descriptor::template;
  • pub use descriptor::HdKeyPaths;
  • pub use wallet::signer;
  • pub use wallet::signer::SignOptions;
  • pub use wallet::tx_builder::TxBuilder;
  • pub use wallet::Wallet;
  • pub use bdk_chain as chain;



  • Macro to write full descriptors with code
  • Macro to write descriptor fragments with code




  • Get the version of BDK at runtime