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28 July 2021

Bitcoin Optech #158: Why Wallets Should Wait Before Generating Taproot Addresses

Bitcoin Optech #158: Why Wallets Should Wait Before Generating Taproot Addresses


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This week’s newsletter discusses changes to services and client software and why wallets should wait before generating Taproot addresses.

This week’s newsletter describes recent changes to services and client software, discusses why wallets should wait before generating taproot addresses, lists new software releases and release candidates, and summarizes notable changes to popular Bitcoin infrastructure software.

Earlier entries in this series saw us encouraging developers working on wallets and services to begin implementing taproot upgrades now so that they’re ready when taproot activates.

But we’ve also warned against generating any addresses for P2TR before block 709,632 as this could cause your service or your users to lose money.

If it was guaranteed that there wouldn’t be a reorganization of the block chain, it would be safe to start generating addresses for P2TR as soon as the final pre-taproot block was seen (block 709,631).

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