Transactions are made with scripts which are example made from adresses, you can find more info on the Bitcoin wiki. There’re a couple of things I still couldn’t get my head around though: Let’s say you’ve been searching for a solution for 6 minutes and there comes a new transaction.

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There is no guaranty that a block is find within 10 minutes, it’s just an average statistical outcome. Blocks are broadcast bitcoin whoever mined them and relayed by other nodes. The interval of the game is controlled by the difficulty which says how many “hashes” are needed per interval.

In other words, the difficulty and target define the “odds of the house” against your chance of getting a winning SHA hash. The nonce is the “scratch off” area.


Each hash consumes electricity, and emits heat, which requires additional cooling. Mining is what is done with each hash: Step 1 At a high level, the miner software takes a list of active transactions, and then groups them together in something called a “block”.

Or more accurately stated: The miner software coverts all the transactions into a summary view called a “merkle root”, and hashes it, which is representative of the transactions. Step 2 Bitcoin mining software converts this to into a memo format called a Block Headerwhich also references the previous blocks also called a mining.

Field Purpose Updated when Size Bytes Version Block version number You upgrade bitcoin software and 4 it specifies a new version hashPrevBlock bit hash of the previous A new block comes in 32 block header hashMerkleRoot bit hash based on all A transaction is accepted 32 the transactions in the block Time Current timestamp as seconds Every few seconds 4 since T The miner hardware changes a small portion of this block called a “nonce”.

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The target is compressed and stored in each block in a field called bits. An expanded target looks like this: Target ef And the goal is to make sure the SHA hash of the block is less than this value. In example example below “83ee” is smaller than “83ef” To simplify this concept, you can ballpark mining target by counting the leading zeros as the other answer here explains. Here is an example: Here is a sample block with transactions you can view on Mining. Look in the upper right hand corner of the webpage for this hash: Hash eeddffeed7fe4eda36ca2fc62c85bc5cf That previous hash was from today example has 14 leading zeroes.

Let’s compare that to what was needed 3 years ago with block which has 8 leading zeros.

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Hash a8ed5edccdff2eebadccc32a4bd So example the end of the day, all a miner does is: If it is, you win. Go memo step memo or go to step 1 if someone else won the block Want to see what Bitcoin-QT does when it finds a memo I posted it here.

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