(note: this is a temporary file, to be added-to by anybody, and moved to release-notes at release time)
Bitcoin Core version version is now available from:
This is a new major version release, including new features, various bugfixes and performance improvements, as well as updated translations.
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How to Upgrade
If you are running an older version, shut it down. Wait until it has completely
shut down (which might take a few minutes for older versions), then run the
installer (on Windows) or just copy over
/Applications/Bitcoin-Qt (on Mac)
bitcoin-qt (on Linux).
The first time you run version 0.15.0, your chainstate database will be converted to a new format, which will take anywhere from a few minutes to half an hour, depending on the speed of your machine.
Note that the block database format also changed in version 0.8.0 and there is no automatic upgrade code from before version 0.8 to version 0.15.0. Upgrading directly from 0.7.x and earlier without redownloading the blockchain is not supported. However, as usual, old wallet versions are still supported.
The chainstate database for this release is not compatible with previous
releases, so if you run 0.15 and then decide to switch back to any
older version, you will need to run the old release with the
option to rebuild the chainstate data structures in the old format.
If your node has pruning enabled, this will entail re-downloading and processing the entire blockchain.
Bitcoin Core is extensively tested on multiple operating systems using the Linux kernel, macOS 10.8+, and Windows Vista and later. Windows XP is not supported.
Bitcoin Core should also work on most other Unix-like systems but is not frequently tested on them.
The minimum version of GCC required to compile Bitcoin Core is now 4.8. No effort will be made to support older versions of GCC. See discussion in issue #11732 for more information.
HD-wallets by default
Due to a backward-incompatible change in the wallet database, wallets created with version 0.16.0 will be rejected by previous versions. Also, version 0.16.0 will only create hierarchical deterministic (HD) wallets.
Replace-By-Fee by default in GUI
The send screen now uses BIP-125 RBF by default, regardless of
There is a checkbox to mark the transaction as final.
The RPC default remains unchanged: to use RBF, launch with
replaceable argument for individual transactions.
Custom wallet directories
The ability to specify a directory other than the default data directory in which to store
wallets has been added. An existing directory can be specified using the
argument. Wallets loaded via
-wallet arguments must be in this wallet directory. Care should be taken
when choosing a wallet directory location, as if it becomes unavailable during operation,
funds may be lost.
Default wallet directory change
On new installations (if the data directory doesn't exist), wallets will now be stored in a
wallets/ subdirectory inside the data directory. If this
doesn't exist (i.e. on existing nodes), the current datadir root is used instead, as it was.
Low-level RPC changes
- The deprecated RPC
getinfowas removed. It is recommended that the more specific RPCs are used:
- The wallet RPC
getreceivedbyaddresswill return an error if called with an address not in the wallet.
- The wallet RPC
addwitnessaddresswas deprecated and will be removed in version 0.17, set the
getnewaddress, or option
Changed command-line options
-debuglogfile=<file>can be used to specify an alternative debug logging file.
Renamed script for creating JSON-RPC credentials
share/rpcuser/rpcuser.py script was renamed to
share/rpcauth/rpcauth.py. This script can be
used to create
rpcauth credentials for a JSON-RPC user.
dumpwalletnow includes hex-encoded scripts from the wallet in the dumpfile, and
importwalletnow imports these scripts, but corresponding addresses may not be added correctly or a manual rescan may be required to find relevant transactions.
Thanks to everyone who directly contributed to this release:
As well as everyone that helped translating on Transifex.