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BitGo API Reference (0.1.0)

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BitGo provides a simple and robust RESTful API and client SDK to integrate digital currency wallets with your application. In BitGo Platform V2, we extend our API and SDK so that you can manage multiple digital currencies and wallets through a single, unified interface.

With the BitGo SDK you can:

  • Create multi-signature wallets
  • List wallet balances and transactions
  • Create and sign transactions
  • Monitor transactions and receive notifications
  • Securely authenticate users
  • Run multi-user workflows in enterprise environments
  • Apply policies and spending limits

This is the latest documentation for the BitGo APIs, which is generated from the OpenAPI 3.0 schema. OpenAPI technology improves the validation of client requests and increases the consistency between the API documentation and server-side implementation of API endpoints.

When calling BitGo APIs, implement a 100 second timeout to ensure that you do not terminate connections prematurely.

Multi-Signature Wallets

Multi-signature wallets are highly secure because they allow for each transaction to be approved by more than one person with one or more devices. Without multiple signatures, all credentials to approve a transaction must reside with a single person on one device. If that person or device is compromised by an attacker, all funds can be taken without recourse and without the ability to audit the individual that invoked the key.

BitGo's multi-signature wallets allow you to keep control of your Bitcoin or other cryptocurrency despite introducing the concept of a co-signer. This allows enterprises to set up and maintain roles, policies, and rules on the wallet, making digital currency usable for businesses.

For more information, read the BitGo whitepaper, Digital Asset Wallet Security - A Comparison: Multi-Signature and Multi-Party Computation.

User Authentication

All calls to endpoints that require authentication must pass the client access token in the Authorization HTTP header of the request message.

Access Token

You can create an access token in the BitGo web UI at User Settings > Developer Options. An access token can limit access by:

  • Expiration date
  • Operations
  • Client IP addresses

The format of the header is Authorization: Bearer <TOKEN>.

The following example uses HTTPie to call the Get session API from the command line:

$ http -v get Authorization:"Bearer $TEST_TOKEN"
GET /api/v2/user/me HTTP/1.1
Accept: */*
Accept-Encoding: gzip, deflate
Authorization: Bearer v2x83...
Connection: keep-alive
User-Agent: HTTPie/1.0.0

HTTP/1.1 200 OK

Warning: Only use this method in a test environment. Using a bearer authentication in this way sends the token in plain text, although, still over HTTPS. In production, BitGo strongly recommends that you use Auth V2 or Auth V3 authentication schemes provided in BitGo's SDK and Express application.

Auth V2

BitGo's SDK and Express App secures tokens using our Auth V2 protocol, which does not send the access token over the wire. For this reason, we recommend that API requests from 3rd party clients should be proxied through BitGo Express.

The Auth V2 scheme is used by default when you make requests to BitGo Express using the Bearer <token> authentication method with a V2 access token (beginning with the prefix v2x). BitGo Express uses the provided token to calculate the correct authentication information, without exposing the token outside the BitGo Express application process.

Auth V3

Auth V3 is similar to the Auth V2 scheme, with additional protections against replay attacks and protocol downgrades.

Specifically, V3 adds the following verification steps to the Auth V2 scheme:

  • Request timestamp validity window

If the request timestamp on an incoming request is more than five minutes behind the server clock when a request is being checked for authenticity, it is considered invalid and the request is rejected with a 401 Unauthorized.

  • Request replay checking

In Auth V2, each incoming request must bear a valid hashed message authentication code (HMAC) which proves knowledge of the user's access token without revealing it to the BitGo server or the transport layer carrying the request. If a previous request is replayed, the HMAC value remains valid and the BitGo server could be instructed to repeat a previous action (for example, return a list of transfers or list wallet balances).

Auth V3 prevents this type of attack by saving all valid HMAC values up to the duration of the request validity window. Requests with HMAC values that were used for a previous request are rejected with a 401 Unauthorized and not processed.

  • Protocol downgrade protection

To prevent Auth V3 requests from being captured and modified in an attempt to downgrade them to Auth V2 for replay, the authentication scheme version (in the bitgo-auth-version request header) is added to the HMAC subject calculated by the client and verified by the server. Since altering the auth version requires calculating a new HMAC value, which in turn requires knowledge of the user's access token, the bitgo-auth-version header cannot be altered by a man-in-the-middle to downgrade the auth version and perform a request replay attack.

Currently, the Auth V3 scheme is not used by default; it can be enabled with the startup flag --authversion in BitGo Express or the BitGo SDK. For more, see BitGo Express README.

Software Development Kit

The BitGo web APIs allow developers to create and manage multi-signature wallets, manipulate their policies, and interact with multiple digital currencies over a single robust interface.

Sensitive operations, such as the creation of user private keys and signing of transactions, must be performed client-side. For this we recommend our Software Development Kit (SDK), which implements client-side wallet features and interfaces with our APIs.

Currently, our SDK is available in JavaScript and runs in either Node.js or a browser. If your application does not use native JavaScript, refer to the BitGo Express REST API guide, which offers the same feature set via a local server daemon.

Installing the JavaScript SDK (via npm)

npm install --save bitgo

To initialize your environment and authenticate, use the following code:

const BitGoJS = require('bitgo');
// Read the user authentication section to get your API access token
const bitgo = new BitGoJS.BitGo({
  env: 'test',
  accessToken: process.env.ACCESS_TOKEN,
const coin = bitgo.coin('tbtc');

BitGo Express REST API

The BitGo Express REST API is a lightweight service for developers who want to use the BitGo service, but are developing in a language other than JavaScript.

BitGo Express runs as a service in your own data center and handles the client-side operations involving your own keys, such as partially signing transactions before submitting them to BitGo. This ensures your keys never leave your network, and are never seen by BitGo. BitGo Express can also proxy the standard BitGo REST APIs, providing a unified interface to BitGo through a single REST API.

We recommend using Docker to run BitGo Express, and we also support running from the source code directly.

To try out BitGo Express, run this command:

docker run -it -p 3080:3080 bitgosdk/express:latest

You should see this output from BitGo Express:

BitGo-Express running
Environment: test
Base URI:

To make sure the service is up and running, send a ping request to BitGo Express with curl:

$ curl localhost:3080/api/v2/ping
{"status":"service is ok!","environment":"BitGo Testnet","configEnv":"testnet","configVersion":79}

Note: Make all BitGo REST API calls to the machine on which bitgo-express is running. BitGo Express will either handle the request itself or proxy it to the BitGo service.

For more, see BitGo Express README.


BitGo has two separate environments available for development and production. For security reasons, all BitGo API requests are made using TLS over HTTPS.

Test Environment

The BitGo test environment is used by default in our examples and the SDK. It is entirely separate from BitGo's production environment and there is no overlap in either data or accounts. You will need to create accounts at

In the test environment, you can use the value 0000000 in place of the one-time password (OTP) when authenticating.

This environment is connected to the TestNet networks of various digital currencies we support. Tokens on these networks can be obtained from faucets and do not represent real money.

Production Environment

The BitGo production endpoint is live and used by partners and our own web application on

To use this environment, specify { env: 'prod' } when using the SDK or -e prod when running BitGo Express. SSL certifications should be provided to secure traffic to and from the BitGo Express instances when operating in the Production environment.

Coin / Digital Currency Support

BitGo Platform V2 supports a variety of digital currencies, with more being added every quarter.

To select a coin use the following (replacing btc with your chosen coin identifier):

var bitgo = new BitGoJS.BitGo({
  env: 'test',
  accessToken: process.env.ACCESS_TOKEN,
var coin = bitgo.coin('btc');

Coins in Production

For supported ECR20 and TERC20 tokens, see Ethereum - ERC20 Tokens.

Blockchain Native Coin Mainnet Id Testnet Id Base Unit Divisibility Family BitGo Access BitGo Wallets
Algorand Algo ALGO tALGO microAlgo 10-6 Account Enterprise Hot/Cold
Avax C-Chain Avax AVAX tAVAX wei 10-18 Account Enterprise Hot/Cold
Bitcoin Bitcoin BTC tBTC satoshi 10-8 UTXO All Hot/Cold
Bitcoin Cash Bitcoin Cash BCH tBCH satoshi 10-8 UTXO All Hot/Cold
Bitcoin Gold Bitcoin Gold BTG n/a satoshi 10-8 UTXO All Hot/Cold
Casper Casper CSPR tCSPR mote 10-9 Account Enterprise Hot/Cold
Celo CELO CELO tCELO wei 10-18 Account Enterprise Hot
Dash Dash DASH tDASH duff 10-8 UTXO All Hot/Cold
EOS EOS EOS tEOS - 10-4 Account Enterprise Hot/Cold
Ethereum Ether ETH tETH wei 10-18 Account Enterprise Hot/Cold
Hedera HBAR HBAR tHBAR tinybar 10-8 Account Enterprise Hot/Cold
Litecoin Litecoin LTC tLTC microlitecoins 10-8 UTXO All Hot/Cold
RSK Smart Bitcoin Smart Bitcoin RBTC tRBTC wei 10-18 Account Enterprise Hot/Cold
Stacks Stacks STX tSTX micro-STX 10-6 UTXO All Hot/Cold
Stellar Lumen XLM tXLM stroop 10-7 Account All Hot/Cold
Tezos tez XTZ tXTZ micro tez 10-6 Account Enterprise Hot
Tron Tronix TRX tTRX sun 10-6 Account All Hot/Cold
XRP Ledger XRP XRP tXRP drop 10-8 Account Enterprise Hot/Cold
Zcash Zec ZEC tZEC zatoshi 10-8 UTXO All Hot/Cold

HTTP Status Codes

The BitGo API returns the following HTTP status codes:

HTTP Status Meaning Description
200 Success The operation succeeded
201 Created A new object was created
202 Accepted The operation succeeded, but requires approval (e.g., sending funds)
206 Partial Content The server is delivering only part of the resource.
400 Bad Request The client request is invalid
401 Unauthorized Authentication failed (e.g., invalid token specified by the Authorization header)
403 Forbidden Authentication failed, but the operation is not allowed
404 Not Found Requested resource does not exist
429 Too Many Requests Client request rate exceeded the limit

Error Handling

When the server returns a 4xx status code, the response body contains an error object with the following structure:

  "error": "invalid wallet id",
  "name": "InvalidWalletId",
  "requestId": "cjo7uw7si0buzttlmazmvthay"

The name value is an error code that does not change. The error value is a human-readable message which may change.


Certain routes, such as listing wallets or transactions, may return an array of results and require pagination.

By default, the API returns 25 results per request. The limit parameter can be used to increase the number of results per request, up to a maximum of 500.

To get the next batch of results, call the same route again with a prevId request parameter corresponding to the nextBatchPrevId property received in the last call.

  .list({ limit: 50 })
  .then(function (wallets) {
    // print wallet list
curl \
-H "Authorization: Bearer $ACCESS_TOKEN" \

Example JSON Response:

  "coin": "tbtc",
  "wallets": [
      "_wallet": {
        "id": "585a0860c5a04c696edd2c331ce2f346",
        "coin": "tbtc",
        "label": "V2 TBTC Test Wallet",
  "count": 50,
  "nextBatchPrevId": "590b73478c8fc40727b0c3d421ec909c"

Balance Strings

For most digital currencies, the wallet, transaction, and address objects have balance properties that return an integer value. But some currencies have ranges that exceed values that can be stored as a typical number in JavaScript.

In BitGo Platform V2, balance properties with a string data type were added for all digital currencies (and have the suffix, String). BitGo recommends that you use string balances for all currencies (and not number) to ensure values do not exceed the programmable number limit.

Integer String (recommended)
balance balanceString
confirmedBalance confirmedBalanceString
spendableBalance spendableBalanceString

BitGo UTXO Library

The BitGo UTXO Library (@bitgo/utxo-lib) is an open source library for UTXO transaction building and does not require a BitGo account or the BitGo SDK to be used. The library allows any developer working with UTXO-based blockchains to easily build and sign their own transactions.

For more, see the BitGo UTXO Library.