Connecting A Bitcoin Dedicated Node Via JSON RPC

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Blockdaemon Bitcoin Dedicated nodes expose an RPC interface for connecting and interactions.

Command Line cURL

The following describes how to run a simple cURL command that prints the current blockchain information from the node.

The cURL command below can be used to retrieve the blockchain status of your node. Replace  <node endpoint> with your node's endpoint plus authorization token from the Connect page.

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You can get this address from your node dashboard,  connect when logged in at blockdaemon.com.

curl --user blockdaemon:blockdaemon --data 
'{"method":"getblockchaininfo","params":[],"id":1,"jsonrpc":"2.0"}' -H
"Content-Type: application/json" -X POST https://<node endpoint>

Connecting via Python script with Python

The following describes how to run a simple Python application that prints the current best block.

The following text assumes a basic knowledge of Python 3 and pip.

Install Python libraries

Install the Python library python-bitcoinrpc. We will use this library to communicate with the RPC interface.

pip3 install python-bitcoinrpc

Copy script

Copy the following Python program into a file called bitcoin_rpc.py

import pprint from bitcoinrpc.authproxy import AuthServiceProxy, JSONRPCException

rpc_user = "blockdaemon" rpc_password = "blockdaemon" rpc_connection = AuthServiceProxy("<your node endpoint>" .format(rpc_user, rpc_password)) best_block_hash = rpc_connection.getbestblockhash() best_block = rpc_connection.getblock(best_block_hash) pprint.pprint(best_block)

Start the Python script

python3 bitcoin_rpc.py

Further Reading

 Bitcoin RPC Protocol

Python-bitcoinrpc . -> Documentation

 Allowed JSON RPC Commands

 

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