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Bitcoin Core version version is now available from:*version*/

This is a new major version release, including new features, various bugfixes and performance improvements, as well as updated translations.

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Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8th, 2014, an OS initially released in 2001. This means that not even critical security updates will be released anymore. Without security updates, using a bitcoin wallet on a XP machine is irresponsible at least.

In addition to that, with 0.12.x there have been varied reports of Bitcoin Core randomly crashing on Windows XP. It is not clear what the source of these crashes is, but it is likely that upstream libraries such as Qt are no longer being tested on XP.

We do not have time nor resources to provide support for an OS that is end-of-life. From 0.13.0 on, Windows XP is no longer supported. Users are suggested to upgrade to a newer verion of Windows, or install an alternative OS that is supported.

No attempt is made to prevent installing or running the software on Windows XP, you can still do so at your own risk, but do not expect it to work: do not report issues about Windows XP to the issue tracker.

Notable changes

Database cache memory increased

As a result of growth of the UTXO set, performance with the prior default database cache of 100 MiB has suffered. For this reason the default was changed to 300 MiB in this release.

For nodes on low-memory systems, the database cache can be changed back to 100 MiB (or to another value) by either:

  • Adding dbcache=100 in bitcoin.conf
  • Changing it in the GUI under Options → Size of database cache

Note that the database cache setting has the most performance impact during initial sync of a node, and when catching up after downtime.

bitcoin-cli: arguments privacy

The RPC command line client gained a new argument, -stdin to read extra arguments from standard input, one per line until EOF/Ctrl-D. For example:

$ echo -e "mysecretcode\n120" | src/bitcoin-cli -stdin walletpassphrase

It is recommended to use this for sensitive information such as wallet passphrases, as command-line arguments can usually be read from the process table by any user on the system.

RPC low-level changes

  • gettxoutsetinfo UTXO hash (hash_serialized) has changed. There was a divergence between 32-bit and 64-bit platforms, and the txids were missing in the hashed data. This has been fixed, but this means that the output will be different than from previous versions.

  • Full UTF-8 support in the RPC API. Non-ASCII characters in, for example, wallet labels have always been malformed because they weren't taken into account properly in JSON RPC processing. This is no longer the case. This also affects the GUI debug console.

C++11 and Python 3

Various code modernizations have been done. The Bitcoin Core code base has started using C++11. This means that a C++11-capable compiler is now needed for building. Effectively this means GCC 4.7 or higher, or Clang 3.3 or higher.

When cross-compiling for a target that doesn't have C++11 libraries, configure with ./configure --enable-glibc-back-compat ... LDFLAGS=-static-libstdc++.

For running the functional tests in qa/rpc-tests, Python3.4 or higher is now required.

Linux ARM builds

Due to popular request, Linux ARM builds have been added to the uploaded executables.

The following extra files can be found in the download directory or torrent:

  • bitcoin-${VERSION}-arm-linux-gnueabihf.tar.gz: Linux binaries for the most common 32-bit ARM architecture.
  • bitcoin-${VERSION}-aarch64-linux-gnu.tar.gz: Linux binaries for the most common 64-bit ARM architecture.

ARM builds are still experimental. If you have problems on a certain device or Linux distribution combination please report them on the bug tracker, it may be possible to resolve them.

Note that Android is not considered ARM Linux in this context. The executables are not expected to work out of the box on Android.

0.13.0 Change log

Detailed release notes follow. This overview includes changes that affect behavior, not code moves, refactors and string updates. For convenience in locating the code changes and accompanying discussion, both the pull request and git merge commit are mentioned.


Asm script outputs now contain OP_CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY in place of OP_NOP2

OP_NOP2 has been renamed to OP_CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY by BIP 65

The following outputs are affected by this change:

  • RPC getrawtransaction (in verbose mode)
  • RPC decoderawtransaction
  • RPC decodescript
  • REST /rest/tx/ (JSON format)
  • REST /rest/block/ (JSON format when including extended tx details)
  • bitcoin-tx -json

New mempool information RPC calls

RPC calls have been added to output detailed statistics for individual mempool entries, as well as to calculate the in-mempool ancestors or descendants of a transaction: see getmempoolentry, getmempoolancestors, getmempooldescendants.


Each ZMQ notification now contains an up-counting sequence number that allows listeners to detect lost notifications. The sequence number is always the last element in a multi-part ZMQ notification and therefore backward compatible. Each message type has its own counter. (

Configuration and command-line options

Block and transaction handling

P2P protocol and network code

The p2p alert system has been removed in #7692 and the 'alert' message is no longer supported.

Fee filtering of invs (BIP 133)

The optional new p2p message "feefilter" is implemented and the protocol version is bumped to 70013. Upon receiving a feefilter message from a peer, a node will not send invs for any transactions which do not meet the filter feerate. BIP 133


Build system


Hierarchical Deterministic Key Generation

Newly created wallets will use hierarchical deterministic key generation according to BIP32 (keypath m/0'/0'/k'). Existing wallets will still use traditional key generation.

Backups of HD wallets, regardless of when they have been created, can therefore be used to re-generate all possible private keys, even the ones which haven't already been generated during the time of the backup.

HD key generation for new wallets can be disabled by -usehd=0. Keep in mind that this flag only has affect on newly created wallets. You can't disable HD key generation once you have created a HD wallet.

There is no distinction between internal (change) and external keys.

Pull request, BIP 32