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Library to use Bitcoin with Dart and Flutter applications

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btc_sdk #

A dart Bitcoin library.

This library contains useful classes and functions to implement applications which might need to use BTC and ETH non-custodial wallets.

Released under the terms of the MIT LICENSE.

Check the documentation index here.

Documentation #

Read the full documentation here.

Types #

Uint #

This library makes extensive usage of the dart default library Uint8List. A Uint8List is just an array of bytes, where each entry of the list is a single byte (8 bits). There are several operations we want to do into a Uint8List, mainly we want to write bytes using the int base type. An int in dart can be either int8, int16, int32 or int64. Depending on the value of the int variable this can be translated into a Uint8List of different size as per the below table:

Bytes Data Type Int range Uint8List Length
1 byte = 8 bits Uint8 0 - 255 Uint8List of length 1
2 bytes = 16 bits Uint16 0 - 65535 Uint8List of length 2
4 bytes = 32 bits Uint32 0 - 4294967295 Uint8List of length 3
8 bytes = 64 bits Uint64 0 - (2^64 - 1) Uint8List of length 4

We have defined a new type called Uint which can easily be converted into Uint8List and can be used to write value into the Uint8List.

We have extended the Uint8List with 2 new methods: concat and appendInt

Uint8List.concat

this method allows you to append another Uint8List to an existing Uint8List. Although this function already exists as operator +, the input parameter and return type are not forced to be Uint8List. concat is a more restrictive function, where the passed argument must be a Uint8List and the return type is guarenteed to be a Uint8List.

Uint8List l1 = Uint8List.fromList([128]);
Uint8List l2 = Uint8List.fromList([64]);
Uinst8List l3 = l1.concat(l2);
expect(l3, [128, 64]);

Uint8List.appendInt

this method allow you to append any int value (8-16-32-64 bits) to an arbitrary Uint8List. If the int value is 0-255 then a byte value is appended at the end, is greater then 2 bytes, 4 bytes or finally 8 bytes if the saze is in the range of int64.

final l0 = Uint8List(0);
final l16 = l0?.appendInt(Uint.minUint16Value);
expect(l16, [1, 0]);
expect(l16?.toHex, '0100');
final l32 = l0?.appendInt(Uint.minUint32Value);
expect(l32, [0, 1, 0, 0]);
expect(l32?.toHex, '00010000');
final l64 = l0?.appendInt(Uint.minUint64Value);
expect(l64, [0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0]);
expect(l64?.toHex, '0000000100000000');

Hex Conversions: Uint8List.toHex / String.fromHex

Any array of bytes can be represented as an HEX string and viceversa. A full byte can be represented by 2 HEX digits as per the below example:

The number 256 is represented in bynary by the byte:
00010000

A byte can be split in 2 groups of 4 bits:
0001 0000
Each group of 4 bits can be represented by 1 HEX digit:
0001 = HEX(1)
0000 = HEX(0)

HEX(10) = BINARY(0001 0000)

BINARY(1010 1111) = HEX(AF)

We have extended the Uint8List to provide an utility function to convert any Uint8List into an HEX string representation:

final Uint8List data = Uint8List.fromList([124, 8, 234, 156]);
final String hexData = data.toHex;
expect(hexData, '7C08EA9C'.toLowerCase());

Conversely, from an HEX string we can convert it back into a Uint8List using the fromHex function. Note this function returns a nullable value as in case the string is not a valid HEX representation the returned value is null.

final String hexValue = '7c08ea9c'; //Capital letters are also allowed
final Uint8List bytesArray = hexValue.fromHex!;
expect(bytesArray, [124, 8, 234, 156]);

Base58 Conversions: Uint8List.toBase58 / String.fromBase58

Base58 is a convenient representation of array of bytes which make usage of the alphanumeric charachters, however, the characters 0, O, I, l are omitted as they can be easily confused each other. For more details on the representation check the Appendix section.

As Base58 is commonly used in blockchain, convenience functions have been provided from/to Uint8List/String Base58.

final Uint8List data = Uint8List.fromList([124, 8, 234, 156]);
expect(data.toBase58, '4AtTej');

expect('3yQ'.fromBase58?.buffer.asByteData().getInt16(0), 9999);

The Type Buffer #

In blockchain and bitcoin wallets, there are lots of operations which require the manipulation of array of bytes, such as concatenation of arrays, appending elements, converting little endian to big endians, having var sized buffers. For this reason we have introduced a new Buffer type used to manipulate Uint8List types.

Used Libraries #

  • bip39: used to generate mnemonic words to seed. Mnemonic are 12 words text used to recovery the seed key for a non-custodial wallet.
  • bip32: used to generate a hierarchical wallet with a seed private/public key
  • hex: convert from/to List

Bit/Byte Data Types #

When dealing with raw bitcoin address is key to master the basic bit data type representation.

There are 4 kind of base data types:

Bytes Data Type Int range Uint8List Length
1 byte = 8 bits Uint8 0 - 255 Uint8List of length 1
2 bytes = 16 bits Uint16 0 - 65535 Uint8List of length 2
4 bytes = 32 bits Uint32 0 - 4294967295 Uint8List of length 3
8 bytes = 64 bits Uint64 0 - (2^64 - 1) Uint8List of length 4

Uint types can be represented either in decimal or HEX format.

Example 1 byte = 8 bit.

Binary to Decimal

Use the power of 2 to convert a binary format into decimal 1 Byte can be represented by a decimal value between 0 - 255.

i.e.

0111 1100 = 0*2^7 + 1*2^6 + 1*2^5 + 1*2^4   +   0*2^3 + 0*2^2 + 0*2^1 + 0*2^0
          =              112                +                 12
          =                                124

Binary to HEX to Base58

Groups the binary format into group of 4 and convert to HEX (0000 = 0 | 1111 = 15 = F) 1 Byte can always be represented with 2 HEX digit prefixed by 0x.

i.e.

0111 1100 = 0x7C
  7  12=C

A Uint8List is a synonymous for List

final Uint8List data = Uint8List.fromList([124, 8, 234, 156]);

This Uint8List of length 4 is representing a Uint32 data type.

Its' binary representation is:

124 = 0111 1100
8   = 0000 1000
234 = 1110 1010
156 = 1001 1100

which in HEX translates into:

124 = 0111 1100 = 0x7C
8   = 0000 1000 = 0x08
234 = 1110 1010 = 0xEA
156 = 1001 1100 = 0x9C
final Uint8List data = Uint8List.fromList([124, 8, 234, 156]); // In HEX = [ 0x7C, 0x08, 0xEA, 0x9C]
final int valueAsInt32 = data.buffer.asByteData().getInt32(0); // = 2080959132 in decimal
expect(valueAsInt32, 0x7C08EA9C); // this is equal to concat the HEX representation of each Uint8 in the array
Base58
Base Characters
2 (binary) 01
10 (decimal) 0123456789
16 (hexadecimal) 0123456789abcdef
58 123456789ABCDEFGH JKLMN PQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijk mnopqrstuvwxyz

NOTE: Base58 does not include the digit 0,O,I,l because these are easily confused with other digits.

Decimal Base58
0 1
1 2
2 3
3 4
4 5
5 6
6 7
7 8
8 9
9 A
10 B
11 C
12 D
13 E
14 F
15 G
16 H
17 J
18 K
19 L
20 M
21 N
22 P
23 Q
24 R
25 S
26 T
27 U
28 V
29 W
30 X
31 Y
32 Z
33 a
34 b
35 c
36 d
37 e
38 f
39 g
40 h
41 i
42 j
43 k
44 m
45 n
46 o
47 p
48 q
49 r
50 s
51 t
52 u
53 v
54 w
55 x
56 y
57 z
base2(9999) = 0010 0111 0000 1111 = 1 + 2 + 4 + 8 + 256 + 512 + 1024 + 8192
base10(9999) = 9999
base16(9999) = 270f
base58(9999) = 3yQ

Convert it back to base10:

base58(3) = base10(2)
base58(y) = base10(56)
base58(Q) = base10(23)

23 + 56*58 + 2*58^2 = 23 + 56*58 + 2*3364 = 23 + 3248 + 6728 = 9999
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crypto, equatable, fast_base58, hex, pointycastle, stack

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