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Bitcoin’s Taproot is ready to go, but it's unlikely to be included in the next release

Bitcoin’s Taproot is ready to go, but it's unlikely to be included in the next release


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The Bitcoin Improvement Proposals 340 through 342 were merged into the Bitcoin codebase on Thursday, signaling that the anticipated Taproot upgrade is ready.

The process starts as soon as the activation code is included in Bitcoin Core, allowing miners to signal approval for its inclusion.

Jonas Nick, researcher at Blockstream and Bitcoin core developer, told Cointelegraph that “Taproot is not ready for activation yet.”

The logic to activate Taproot on mainnet is likely to be included in a future minor version, but in the meantime, Nick said that “Taproot could be activated on something like signet or testnet if someone produced the code for that,” as the raw implementation is already present.

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