Do some Bitcoin wallets fail to support sending to multi-signature addresses?



The Satoshi client has support for multi-signature transactions through the JSON-RPC API since version 0.6.1rc2.

My understanding is that a multi-signature transaction creates an address which is special only in that spending from it requires multiple signatures, and its prefix is '3' instead of '1'.

As Gavin said on, "you can then send funds into that 2-of-3 transaction using the normal sendtoaddress/sendmany RPC commands, or the GUI (or anything that's been updated to recognize multisig addresses)."

What I read from that is that all wallet clients and web wallets might not yet support sending to addresses with a '3' prefix. How wide is that support currently?


Posted 2013-06-10T06:56:28.427

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Sending to P2SH addresses (addresses starting with '3') seems to be directly supported by only Bitcoin-Qt/bitcoind and Electrum at the moment. EWallets using those clients might allow sending to P2SH addresses. It's not directly supported by BitcoinJ, so BitcoinJ-based clients like MultiBit and Bitcoin Wallet for Android probably won't support it until BitcoinJ does. It's also not directly supported by or Armory. Some clients allow you to create raw transactions, which could be used to send to P2SH addresses manually.


Posted 2013-06-10T06:56:28.427

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Some progress seems to be going on with BitcoinJ:

– akaihola – 2013-11-28T20:33:06.853


Yes, and they are online wallets. At this late answering of your question, most online wallets now support multiple wallet sends as 1 transaction, but not all. Some still have a limit to how many 'second sends' per transactions to increase the fees for sending. The ' offline ' wallets ( the personal wallets not hosted online ) all seem to allow adding additional addresses by clicking a plus sign then entering the wallet/amount for the nTH wallet you want to send to with out having to code the transaction by hand.


Posted 2013-06-10T06:56:28.427

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Sorry if my question was unclear; it wasn't about multiple payments at once, but about multi-signature transactions - see e.g.

– akaihola – 2013-08-27T05:27:02.897