CashAddr is a new Bitcoin Cash address format. It is an encoding of the address in base32 format using BCH codes as checksum, that can be used directly in links or QR codes.

BitCash uses CashAddr encoded addresses throughout the library for sending, receiving transactions. A CashAddr is handled through Address:

>>> from bitcash.cashaddress import Address
>>> cashaddr = Address.from_string("bitcoincash:qqrxvhnn88gmpczyxry254vcsnl6canmkqgt98lpn5")
>>> cashaddr
>>> cashaddr_test = Address.from_string("bchtest:qqrxvhnn88gmpczyxry254vcsnl6canmkqvepqak5g")
>>> cashaddr_test
>>> cashaddr.payload == cashaddr_test.payload
>>> cashaddr = Address.from_string("bitcoincash:qqrxvhnn88gmpczyxry254vcsnl6canmkqgt98lpn6")
InvalidAddress: Bad cash address checksum for address bitcoincash:qqrxvhnn88gmpczyxry254vcsnl6canmkqgt98lpn6

The CashAddr can distinguish between networks of BCH of the same address, and perform checksum tests for bad addresses.

URI Scheme

CashAddr follows URI format as described in BIP0021. The query parameters of the URI can be used to pass additional information to the wallet, like BCH amount, message, etc:


The parsing and generating of CashAddr URI is handled by parse_cashaddress() and generate_cashaddress():

>> from bitcash.cashaddress import generate_cashaddress, parse_cashaddress
>> cashaddr_uri = generate_cashaddress(
       {"amount": 0.1, "message": "Satoshi Nakamoto"}
>> cashaddr_uri
>> parse_cashaddress(cashaddr_uri)
 {'amount': '0.1', 'message': 'Satoshi Nakamoto'})

As described in the spec, the amount is considered in BCH. Further variables can be added to query. The ones which are prefixed with a req- are considered required. If a client does not implement any variables which are prefixed with req-, it must consider the entire URI invalid. Any other variables which are not implemented, but which are not prefixed with a req-, can be safely ignored.